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Creation and Exhibition of Arts on Science at the Institute of Medical Science

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The aim of the proposed presentation is to discuss the implication of arts on science as a way of science communication, based on our experimental project to create and exhibit arts on science. Science communication is often defined as the activities to provide laypeople with information on science. There are various ways of science communication, including science writing, science museum, café scientifique, and so force. Although not commonly included in the category of science communication, arts on science inevitably communicate science to audiences through artworks. More and more contemporary artists are finding science attractive as a topic of their arts, and some of their works such as that of Eduardo Kac (2005) have gained public attention. Yet, the implication of arts on science as a way of science communication has scarcely been discussed. Our project was thus planned to observe arts on science as a way of science communication.
In the project, a scientist provided an artist, who is specialized in painting and had no previous interest in science, with scientific knowledge on two topics, “genome” and “biological clock”. The artist created nine paintings for each of topics, after communicating with the scientist for a month. As an unexpected consequence, the works created by the artist were not representing the knowledge he gained itself, but the image generated from the knowledge. The works were exhibited for four weeks in the October of 2008, attracting both experts and laypeople.
The result of our project is analyzed focusing on the process of creation, which is one of the two dimensions of arts on science; creation and exhibition. Our project indicates that arts on science provide an opportunity to communicate science not only through exhibiting the artworks, but also through the process of creation. An artist, who is a non-expert of science, gains scientific knowledge in the process of creation. In this process science is communicated based on the deficit model, assuming that the artist lacks scientific knowledge. However, different from what may be expected, the artworks created by the artist of our project imply that artist transform knowledge he gained into the image generated from his subjective context. As Ede (2008) argued, art on science is the “honest individual response to science”. We thus define that arts on science communicate science through subjective contextualization of science.
Subjective contextualization of science provides a way to address the limitation of major preceding models of science communication; deficit model and contextualization model. While deficit model assumes that acquirers of knowledge lack scientific knowledge, contextual model assumes that they have social context to demand knowledge. Arts on science, on the other hand, focus on the possibility of individual layperson to response to the acquired knowledge based on their subjective contexts. We will suggest that by allowing subjective contextualization of science, arts on science can promote public discussions on science among laypeople, regardless of having scientific knowledge or social context that demands scientific knowledge. Arts on science can be a new model of science communication.
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Mori, Yusuke., Watanabe, Maiko. and Muto, Kaori. "Creation and Exhibition of Arts on Science at the Institute of Medical Science" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 4S Annual Meeting - Abstract and Session Submissions, Komaba I Campus, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p422119_index.html>

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Mori, Y. , Watanabe, M. and Muto, K. "Creation and Exhibition of Arts on Science at the Institute of Medical Science" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 4S Annual Meeting - Abstract and Session Submissions, Komaba I Campus, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p422119_index.html

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Abstract: The aim of the proposed presentation is to discuss the implication of arts on science as a way of science communication, based on our experimental project to create and exhibit arts on science. Science communication is often defined as the activities to provide laypeople with information on science. There are various ways of science communication, including science writing, science museum, café scientifique, and so force. Although not commonly included in the category of science communication, arts on science inevitably communicate science to audiences through artworks. More and more contemporary artists are finding science attractive as a topic of their arts, and some of their works such as that of Eduardo Kac (2005) have gained public attention. Yet, the implication of arts on science as a way of science communication has scarcely been discussed. Our project was thus planned to observe arts on science as a way of science communication.
In the project, a scientist provided an artist, who is specialized in painting and had no previous interest in science, with scientific knowledge on two topics, “genome” and “biological clock”. The artist created nine paintings for each of topics, after communicating with the scientist for a month. As an unexpected consequence, the works created by the artist were not representing the knowledge he gained itself, but the image generated from the knowledge. The works were exhibited for four weeks in the October of 2008, attracting both experts and laypeople.
The result of our project is analyzed focusing on the process of creation, which is one of the two dimensions of arts on science; creation and exhibition. Our project indicates that arts on science provide an opportunity to communicate science not only through exhibiting the artworks, but also through the process of creation. An artist, who is a non-expert of science, gains scientific knowledge in the process of creation. In this process science is communicated based on the deficit model, assuming that the artist lacks scientific knowledge. However, different from what may be expected, the artworks created by the artist of our project imply that artist transform knowledge he gained into the image generated from his subjective context. As Ede (2008) argued, art on science is the “honest individual response to science”. We thus define that arts on science communicate science through subjective contextualization of science.
Subjective contextualization of science provides a way to address the limitation of major preceding models of science communication; deficit model and contextualization model. While deficit model assumes that acquirers of knowledge lack scientific knowledge, contextual model assumes that they have social context to demand knowledge. Arts on science, on the other hand, focus on the possibility of individual layperson to response to the acquired knowledge based on their subjective contexts. We will suggest that by allowing subjective contextualization of science, arts on science can promote public discussions on science among laypeople, regardless of having scientific knowledge or social context that demands scientific knowledge. Arts on science can be a new model of science communication.


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