“Dialogue is not to communicate. It is much deeper. It addresses the blocks in communication, not merely to understand them, but to meet them directly” (David Bohm). In this article, Marina Wallace, Director of Artakt, discusses the new art&science collaborations in the project MitoSys: Lens on Life.
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Lalla Essaydi, a Moroccan-born, Paris-trained artist, created the Converging Territories series as a means of examining the culture in which she grew up from the Western position she now occupies. “In my art, I wish to present myself through multiple lenses as artist, as Moroccan, as Saudi, as traditionalist, as liberal, as Muslim. In short, I invite viewers to resist stereotypes.”
“Rather than rely on our raw natural thinking processes, we can utilize disciplined and controlled thinking styles and tools that channel our thinking processes for enhancing creative thought”. Murray Hunter discusses creativity as an undervalued skill that anyone can cultivate, one that crosses disciplines.
Much of the work of Susan Derges revolves around the creation of visual metaphors exploring the relationship between the self and nature. Recently she has begun working in the studio combining analog and digital techniques to create new forms and perspectives hitherto impossible to capture.
Can we use new technologies to imagine a world where we are liberated and empowered, where finally all of the technology becomes more than gimmick and starts to actually work for us or are these technologies going to control us, separate us, divide us, create more borders?
As with many other contemporary visualization techniques, the roots of arc diagrams and treemaps are considerably deeper than what they seem.
Simeon Nelson’s art installation, Anarchy in the Organism, featured four simultaneous algorithmic videos and eight-speaker ‘whispering windows’. The book that followed explored integrative ways of looking at disparate phenomena to confront the possible meanings of cancer.
An artist with a deep sense of working with the ‘poetic imagination, Helen Garrett discusses her work and the ‘conversation’ she has with her work during its creation. She asks “do these expressions of creativity come from the imagination or is the imagination a portal that opens this space and allows the conversation to occur?”
Murray Hunter explores imagination as a multidimensional concept which encompasses a number of different modes that may overlap, work in tandem, be functional, or even dysfunctional.
Metaphorical thinking — our instinct not just for describing but for comprehending one thing in terms of another, for equating I with an other — shapes our view of the world and is essential to how we communicate, learn, discover and invent. Brain Pickings founder and author, Maria Popova, discusses how children have an instinctive metaphor-making ability.