When: Mon., April 2, 6-9 p.m. 2012
Although the arts and the sciences have been commingling since before those terms even existed, people still seem surprised when artists draw inspiration from, collaborate with or actually are scientists. Artist and UNC professor elin o'Hara slavick moderates this panel discussion about interdisciplinary connections between art and science, centering on the work of three contemporary artists who represent the commingled cutting edge. The artists will attend and will participate in the talk.
Experimental zoologist Brandon Ballengée's artistic work derives from ecological field investigations and laboratory research. Jane D. Marsching describes man's impact on environmental phenomena such as climate change, as well as how that impact feeds back upon the human experience, in video installations and virtual landscapes. Multimedia artist and 2011 Guggenheim Fellow Marina Zurkow has shown work dealing with man's effect on land and animals at the Sundance Film Festival, Ars Electronica and other venues.
Panelists include artist and Independent Weekly contributor Amy White; Duke biologist Courtney Fitzpatrick; physician, anthropologist and UNC religious and communications studies adjunct Barry Saunders; Harper's contributing editor and Center for Documentary Studies writer-in-residence Duncan Murrell; and UNC epidemiologist David Richardson. The free event runs 6–9 p.m. —Chris Vitiello