When Science and Art Converge
Art and science may seem diametrically opposed, but among many unexpected similarities these two disciplines share one big thing in common: the brain. Firstly, because this organ is responsible for both our creativity and logic, and secondly, because it is at the core of the Convergence initiative, which aims to build bridges between neuroscience and the visual arts.
Since its launch in 2016, Convergence, Perceptions of Neuroscience has aimed to push the boundaries of science by fostering collaboration between diverse disciplines and make scientific discoveries accessible to a wider audience by collaborating with art to convey the message using emotive centres which are more powerful in the processing of information and learning..
In an initial pilot project conducted in 2016 and 2017, researchers were paired with Fine Arts students from Concordia University. They were tasked with explaining their discoveries and fields of expertise to the students, who used this information as inspiration for informative collaborative art installations.
The initiative led to an initial exhibit in 2017, which was a resounding success and introduced neuroscience to a whole new audience.
Taking the Experience Even Further
Other disciplines in addition to visual arts could also benefit from greater connectedness with the scientific field. Architecture, design, and textiles come to mind, but there are many more examples.
In fact, case studies have been conducted on the subject. World-renowned biologist and interdisciplinary research devotee Peter Lloyd Jones will be coming to Montreal to present these discoveries. Dr. Jones’ work aims to find innovative solutions to complex problems through collaboration between stakeholders from different fields that are not normally linked. Over the years, his discoveries have shed light on the fundamental mechanisms of stem cells in lung development and breast cancer.
Join us for this free conference, which will highlight the advancements made possible in the medical field thanks to unique collaborations.
What: A conference by Peter Lloyd Jones
Date: This conference has been postponed due to extraordinary circumstances. A new date will be announced shortly.
Place: Concordia University Faculty of Fine Arts, 1515 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Room EV1.605
For more information, please visit the website of the Convergence Initiative.