Sunday, 24 July 2016

Week 9: Space +l Art

I mentioned in a previous blog post that "if science is a man's empirical analysis of himself and his surroundings, then astronomy and neuroscience are the two poles of this scientific spectrum; while both contain huge amounts of unknowns, both inspire phenomenal creativity." While neuroscience is a man's conscious struggle with his inner intangibilities, space and astronomy is a man's struggle with his outer intangibilities. 
painting combines astronomy and neuroscience
Although the outer universe has been a topic of investigation ever since ancient times by philosophers, mathematicians, and astronomers such as Aristotle, Ptolemy, and Copernicus, it is only during the past century that men have truly ventured into this vast unknown. As a result of the cold war, what has previous been the byproduct of science fiction has become a technological reality. 

The intersection of space technology and art, otherwise known as astronomical art, has inspired many artistic genres including realism, impressionism, and sculpture. Space art was furthered by reflecting telescopes, which capture accurate depictions of the cosmos. Both scientists, who observe and postulate the universe for astronomical research, as well as artists, who are simply fascinated and inspired by the eccentricity of the outer universe, participate in the production of astronomical art. However strange the universe landscape may be, it can be captured with surprising accuracy through the hands of an artist with little scientific background.

Scientists also use art to engage their topics of interest. One example is Lucianne Walkowicz, an astronomer working on NASA's Kepler mission. Walkowicz, a scientist and poet, creates art for the purpose of resisting the academic and professional pressure to "divide science from creativity". Her actions makes her a pioneer in breaking down the myth of Two Cultures. 
Lucianne Walkowicz wants to educate the public on the tangibility and creativity of science
Space art is a great example of how scientists are inspiring genres of art, and how scientific creations enables the production of novel realism art pieces. The constant expansion of the vast universe precisely mirrors the limitlessness of human creativity and the unending sources of inspiration around us.

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1 comment:

  1. From my studies of science, I too have found neuroscience and astronomy to be opposite and yet equally fascinating. Both studies deals with and enormous complicated system with countless components: the brain and the universe. I agree that the use of telescope is definitely the turning point in our study of the universe. Visual information is as important in science as it is in art. Space is a great inspiration for artists because it is so beautiful and yet full of mystery so there are plenty of room for creativity.