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Art and Science Have Great Chemistry
November 2 - 4, 2001, at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th & 35th Streets), New York, NY, USA

Art & Science Collaborations, Inc.(ASCI) announces its third international ArtSci symposium, demonstrating the budding of a new cultural paradigm wedded to science. Here, art and science brought together, join metaphor with scientific discovery. Increasingly, artists and scientists are working together collaboratively. ArtSci2001 will feature multimedia presentations on some of these extraordinary art-sci projects ranging from photographs rendered in hybrid grass, to a musical score based on brain activity, to sculpture grown from living tissue, and even robots designed for performance. The presenters will discuss the opportunities and pitfalls of collaborating across disciplines. This event will be held November 2 - 4 at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th & 35th Streets).

Symposium presenters will represent a broad range of artistic practice, including drawing, sculpture, video, multimedia, music composition, and theater. Their scientist collaborators come from the fields of statistics, biology, geology, anthropology, and physics. As well, scholars from the areas of linguistics, social science, and philosophy are involved in these collaborations. How do they bridge the differences between the art and science disciplines? What is the common ground? Where do they work and who funds such projects? These questions will be addressed during the weekend-long symposium.

The event opens with a Friday night keynote address by a duo including an artist profiled on ABC-TV's Nightline on July 6, 2001 and in Nature Magazine, October 12, 2000. Joe Davis has worked as an artist-in-residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 20 years. He has had a proposal accepted by NASA for launch on the space shuttle and he has made a microscope that can "hear" bacteria by translating light information into sound. Among his many current projects is "micro-fishing," going after paramecium with a surf-casting rod and reel. Davis will be joined by Dr. Dana Boyd. Dr. Boyd is a Lecturer in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School. In 1987, Boyd and Davis synthesized a synthetic DNA molecule (Microvenus) that is now widely regarded as the seminal work in art and the new "life sciences." Tickets [$20] for Keynote are available separately from the symposium.

The symposium will also feature 32 small, lively, and informative breakout sessions led by eminent art and science professionals including: Barbara London, curator at MoMA, physicist Sidney Perkowitz, author of Empire of Light; Laura McGough from the Multidisciplinary area at the NEA; architect Meta Brunzema who is designing floating swimming pools for the Hudson River; and Tony White from the Collaborative Arts Unit at the Arts Council of England, among others. The symposium will attract artists, scientists, technologists, professors/teachers, writers, scholars, humanists, and all those interested in the synergy possible when barriers between disciplines are removed.


Preview Party for the Press on Friday, November 2, 5 - 6 p.m., at CUNY, will offer the opportunity for journalists (plus funders, and special guests) to meet the presenters, have an informal preview of all 16 art-sci projects, and then stay for the keynote address!

Pre-registration discounts end - October 21, 2001. ASCI 12-year Report (text and photos) can be found at:

The ArtSci INDEX, an online research tool with special "matching" function, will help nurture the collaborative process throughout the year. Feedback from the current Sample Tour of the INDEX has provided diverse and tangible need for this tool. The fully-functional site will launch at ASCI's website in mid-October. [The INDEX is the brain-child of Cynthia Pannucci, ASCI's founder/director.]

ArtSci2001 is a co-production of Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI), a 13-year-old non-profit organization based in New York City, and the Science Research and the Continuing Education & Public Programs departments of the Graduate Center at City University of New York (CUNY). The symposium is made possible in part with the generous support of The Rockefeller Foundation and The AT&T Foundation, as well as media sponsors: Leonardo Journal and ArtByte magazine.

Cynthia Pannucci
Founder/Director of ASCI