Art, Science and Cultural Understanding – Book Launch | Wednesday 12 November 2014, 6.30pm

Book Launch and Discussion Event

Wednesday 12 November 2014, 6.30pm for a 7pm start

Art, Science and Cultural Understanding

Editors: Brett Wilson, Barbara Hawkins and Stuart Sim

Coinciding with the UK launch of this multi-author interdisciplinary text, GV Art and Project Dialogue are co-hosting a debate, ‘Where Next for ArtScience?’ featuring four of the book’s contributors: Stuart Sim, Iain Biggs, Brett Wilson and Barbara Hawkins.

Art and Science share a common embodied imagination, cognitive creativity and independent spirit of enquiry at their heart, and both can summon up the visionary power of revolution for our senses. Through a range of essay styles and voices, ‘Art, Science and Cultural Understanding’ highlights how a hybrid ArtScience movement is emerging.

For the evening debate we will re-examine some of the fundamental principles, terminology and metaphors within ArtScience and ask whether this new synthesis can provide the conceptual drive to change our approach to many of the world’s emergent problems in health, education, energy and food sufficiency, equitable finance and climate change in order to create a sustainable future.

Stuart Sim (chair) is retired professor of critical theory and English literature at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He has published widely in the field of critical theory and philosophy, and is a founding member of Project Dialogue.

Iain Biggs is the former director of PLaCE, an international arts research network which he continues to help co-ordinate. He works as a teacher, artist and researcher on ‘deep mappings’ that interweave humanities, arts and social sciences.

Brett Wilson moved from a full-time professorial scientific research career to become “scientist in residence” at the arts faculty of the University of the West of England. He is a founder member of Project Dialogue, and senior editor of the book ‘’Art, Science and Cultural Understanding”.

Barbara Hawkins is a former head of graduate studies, specialising in arts practice-led research. She is the third founding member of Project Dialogue, now working as an independent scholar and educational advisor.

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Martin Beney