UCI Beall Center for Art + Technology

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A conversation with Samantha Younghans-Haug, Program Director at University of California Irvine Beall Center for Art + Technology. Interactive Art that uses different forms of science and technology to engage the senses; collaborations among artists, scientists and technologists to spark new ideas and discoveries. I had the opportunity for a Q&A with Samantha Younghans-Haug, Program Director at the Beall Center for Art + Technology. ………. Continued

What is common in painting a picture and building a robot?

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“Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

Have you ever wondered why there is such a disconnection in today’s society between art and science? During my grad school when I studied computer science and throughout my entire career in technology, people were always surprised to discover that I am an artist and my BA is in fine arts. The general view was that art and science belonged to two completely different worlds. Even today, there is this assumption that if you are an artist, you can’t possibly be good in math and science and vice versa. Throughout the history most scientists and inventors were also artists. In fact during the Renaissance, the study of art and science were not perceived as mutually exclusive; they were considered as complimentary. Leonardo Da Vinci was amazingly gifted with the ability to see this, closely observed the natural world around him, and created both scientific inventions and marvelous pieces of creative arts. Albert Einstein, not only he was a genius scientist of the 20th century, but he was also a gifted musician and a talented violinist.
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Art. Nature. Technology.

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Astonishing and unexpected discoveries can arise from interactions of art, nature, and technology. Inventors throughout the history discovered the world’s breakthroughs using their imagination and vision about the interactions of art, nature ,and technology. In addition, many of the most fascinating technologies are inspired by behaviors in Nature, including one of my favorites which is the phenomenon of EMERGENCE found in nature, like in Ant Colonies. The idea of emergence has been known since the era of Aristotle; 2+2 > 4 when it comes to interactions and emergence. With an open mindset, combination of art, nature, technology, capital, and policy we can meet any grand challenge……. Continued

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