How science inspires art and art inspires science (?)

I was delighted to take part in the following panel discussion as part of the Young Academy of Europe’s events series, where the recent theme has related to the intersection of art and science.

The academy describes itself as “bottom-up initiative of a dynamic and innovative group of recognised European young scholars with outspoken views about science and science policy”.

It was a really interesting discussion, and in my view exposes the fact that the academy as a whole probably lacks a well-developed vocabulary to even discuss the intersection between art and science.

There is a tendency for each side of this to see the other’s role as ‘instrumental’ and separate from their own, my personal belief is that there’s much more shared ground that we acknowledge. Artists, designers, architects, and craftspeople are frequently scientific. Moreover, scientists have to be creative to do their work.

These discussions will be unpacked in much more detail in the forthcoming film that Dr David Philip Green is currently very busy editing!

In the meantime consider François Jacob’s idea of ‘night science’ as a provocation about science and creativity. Also, take a look at my attempt at stand-up comedy which addresses this issue with a comedic twist.

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Dr Joseph Lindley

Joe leads Design Research Works and is a Senior Research Fellow at Lancaster University. He is passionate about the value of Design Research, in particular in applying that value to the challenges associated with emerging technologies, rapid societal change, and living sustainably. Probably best described as a 'generalist' his research practice usually involves material engagements with possible futures.