Performing Science: Experimentation, Collaboration, and Artistry
Combines a historical survey of science-themed plays with an examination of sci+arts initiatives such as the University of Western Australia's Symbiotica; the Art & Science Laboratory in New Mexico; and the UK's Centre for Performance Science. Central course questions: How can performing arts improve public awareness and knowledge about complex scientific ideas and research? What points of view and methods of research do artists bring to scientific inquiry and vice-versa? We will pay particular attention to secondary schools, contemporary art installations, and science museums as public laboratories for experimental, embodied collaborations across the two disciplines. Open only to students in the Focus Program. Department consent required.