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subject. “And when the stakes aren’t that high, there can still be complicated, expensive, and cumbersome technical requirements that could perhaps overwhelm curators at non-SciArt venues.” VI. Areas of Overlap The place where art and science overlap the most is the university, where a whole range of disciplines coexist in a single institution. In reality, university departments may be somewhat segregated even within one school, but in theory, a university seems ripe for SciArt because it already has the Venn diagram’s two components. Columbia University just began hosting a series of public talks about the intersection of art and science this fall, called CUriosity3, which brings artists, scientists, and science-based artists together to discuss topics such as “The Cell in Art and Science,” “Epidemics,” “Movement,” and “the Brain.” Rebecca Jones, who organizes the series, commented: nar on art and neuroscience this coming spring at The New School for Social Research. Additionally, the initiative STEM to STEAM, from RISD, pushes for the inclusion of Art & Design (in addition to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in the U.S. education agenda. Another advantage for science-based artists to being in academia is that it provides an alternative to the art market, said Shanken..“Many professionals in the New Media art world and art-science art world have academic affiliations, so they don’t need to earn a living selling art. They are in a professional situation where they are actually at greater liberty to experiment.” The Pratt Institute, with its five schools including architecture, art and design, and liberal arts and science is an interdisciplinary institution like a university. Accordingly, Pratt Manhattan Gallery seeks to represent all of these disciplines in its exhibitions, says gallery director Nick Battis: “One of our ambitions for the gallery is to look at our exhibitions from a cross“I think university culture and the academic disciplinary standpoint, and up till now, that community is set up to accept and develop included those [disciplines] that are studied at new philosophies and ideas (such as the SciArt Pratt: architecture, design and art… Sometimes movement), as this is what keeps the institua design exhibition will include artists, and tions alive and innovative. This also makes them sometimes an art exhibition will have designers more likely to support interdisciplinary study, as who are producing art. We’ve taken it one step the dialogue it creates nourishes the academics further in opening it up to science.” The gallery and students who study there.” just had a SciArt exhibit, “SPLICE,” a collection of artworks related to themes of medicine Both science and art have their own sets of and the human body, which included a sculpspecialized equipment, be it a PCR machine, a ture in which brains sit atop high heels, a video pottery wheel, or a copy of Final Cut Pro, and based on an MRI of an artist’s brain, medical the expense of equipment could discourage people from branching out too far. That barrier illustrations, and a room in which a viewer lies down on a bench and experiences a set of vibrais thinner at universities, says Jones. “Universitions. Pratt Manhattan is planning an in-depth ties have an advantage as they already have lab spaces/tech support at hand, as well as a vibrant exhibit about art and neuroscience, “Sleuthing the Mind,” curated by Levy, in the fall. community of academics in both the Arts and Sciences to develop collaborations with external While Pratt Manhattan remains only one of a partners.” Many universities now host artistsfew galleries with an explicit interest in holding in-residence, like Nene Humprey’s residency at science-based art shows, that is not to say that NYU and Joyce Cutler-Shaw’s at UCSD. Some there is no SciArt in galleries at all. “The fact universities offer courses that combine art and is, there’s plenty of SciArt in mainstream conscience. Suzanne Anker, in fact, is responsible temporary art; it just isn’t called that,” Shanken for the new laboratory for artists housed with said, mentioning as examples the work of James the School of Visual Arts, New York, offering Turrell, whose light-based work appeared at the classes that teach art students how to engage Guggenheim this summer, and Alexis Rockman, with the scientific method. Ed Kerns, professor whose paintings depict the way humans interact of Art at Lafayette College, teaches art classes with plants and animals and who is represented to interdisciplinary students, often from the by Salomon Contemporary, in Chelsea. sciences. Ellen Levy will be conducting a semi- SciArt in America December 2013 9