Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Intersection: Art and Science

I feel like, when you are younger and in school, there is this type of separation of church and state between the disciplines of art and science. These two disciplines cannot live in the same space, and they are fully unrelated to each other. At least that is what I got from it. Science was empirical practical, sterile, while art remained emotional, chaotic and fluid. Granted, these two disciplines do have those qualities, but they are not exclusive to themselves. I know this was just a naive sensibility that I had at the time. However, there seems to be this absence of acknowledgement that one would not be able to exist with out the other.

I love looking at the intersections of art and science and the science of art. Psychology/sociology/anthropology could be construed as the study of human artforms and behaviors. Where as geometry/biology/physics can be seen as a more empirical art. The equation is the paint, where the answer is the solution. The solution being how viscous a medium is, or the way light hits certain elements.

As a graphic designer, science is essential to my image making. Just take a look at this Wikipedia page on Bézier Curves ( Granted I didn't read most of it, but I love the break down of how the curve functions and the calculations it takes to get there. I'm particularly enamored with this image:

There are also the use of pendulums to create spirograph like images, where the weight, angle and type of contraption being used determines the end piece. Which are then displayed as art.

Drawingmachine by Eske Rex from Core77 on Vimeo.

Here is a good article on one of those drawing machines.

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