ArtScience: Why Collaborate?

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by Jaya Ramchandani on Thursday, September 28, 2017

Interactive Media & Cinema

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Technical level


To learn about making collaborations possible from diverse fields like art and science.


To perceive art and science as opposite ends of a spectrum is to deprive the world of a plethora of possibilities for improvement. By definition, science is the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. Art, on the other hand, embodies the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination. It is hence fairly obvious that science without art lacks a human component, thereby running the risk of a creation of limited value to humanity. ArtScience is a synthesis aimed at stimulating discussion about the numerous ways in which art and science intersect. This talk covers the common characteristics of artists and scientists; why they should collaborate; where things could fall apart; stories from the stories of light; & stories from the story of space.



Speaker bio

Jaya Ramchandani is an educator, editor, and curator discovering the universe, through science, philosophy, and looking inward. She’s studied physics (bachelor’s) and astronomy (master’s) and is a certified secondary general science and physics teacher. She’s been involved in and regularly works with several innovative science platforms like Universe Awareness (by Leiden University, The Netherlands), which illustrates the multicultural origins of modern astronomy in an effort to broaden children’s minds, awaken their curiosity in science and stimulate global citizenship and tolerance; Sterrenlab, which organizes science laboratories, field trips, games, DIY activities, and maker spaces; Open Science Center, an engaging learning space based on open standards: open architecture, open education, open technology & open science; and AstroEdu (by International Astronomical Union), a peer-reviewed astronomy education platform. She co-founded The Story Of to see science and philosophy share the same space and inspire discussions between scientists, philosophers, artists, and the public so that the abstract in our universe can be brought under the public eye.