Visualizing Science: Image-Making in the Constitution of Scientific Knowledge (An interdisciplinary symposium)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007
3:40-8:00 p.m.
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University

Co-conveners: Mark Auslander (Anthropology) and Andreas Teuber (Philosophy)

This symposium explores the enigmatic relationship between science and art, with particular attention to the power of visual images in scientific imaginations. Do visual images simply represent scientific data and concepts, or do images and image-making, at times, actively inspire, catalyze or constitute scientific insight? In what respects are scientists engaged in image acquisition directly or indirectly influenced by iconographic conventions drawn from the history of art? How, in turn, have artistic practices been mediated and shaped through scientific investigations and representational practices? Inspired by the art of Steve Miller, whose work explores the mysteries of protein structures, we will consider the visual dimensions of scientific thought in a range of disciplines.

Revised Schedule:

3:40 p.m. Welcomes (Michael Rush, Mark Auslander, Andreas Teuber)
3:45-4:30. Images, Protein Crystallization and Organic Forms. Moderated by Mark Auslander. (John Lisman, Dagmar Ringe, Greg Petsko, , Daniela Nicastro)
4:30-4:50 p.m. Keynote address by Peter Galison ("Images of Objectivity')
4:50-5:10 p.m. Discussion moderated by Andreas Teubuer
5:10 p.m. Images and Complex Fluids (Seth Fraden, Zvonmire Dogic, Bob Meyers)
5:30 p.m. Images in Mathematics, Quantum Theory, and Computer Science (Albion Lawrence, Rosalind Reid)
Commentary by Mark Auslander
6:00 p.m. Break
6:10 p.m. Address by Natasha Myers. "Molecular Affinities, Excitable Media, and Embodied Animations in the Lively Arts of Protein Modeling."Commentary by Steve Miller, Claudia Castaneda, Michael Rush, and Rick Parmentier
7:00 Reception

Likely participants include: Claudia Castaneda (Brandeis), Peter Galison (Harvard), Brian Hayes (American Scientist), Natasha Myers (York University), Rosalind Reid (American Scientist), Steve Milller (artist), Michael Rush (Rose Art Museum), Mark Auslander (Anthropology & Cultural Production, Brandeis), Zvonmir Dogic (Physics, Brandeis), Seth Fraden (Physics), Daniela Nicastro (Biology, Brandeis), Albion Lawrence (Physics, Brandeis), John Lisman (Biology, Brandeis), Andreas Teuber (Philosophy, Brandeis), Rick Parmentier (Anthropology, Brandeis), Greg Petsko (Biochemistry and Chemistry, Brandeis), Dagmar Ringe (Biochemistry and Chemistry, Brandeis)

Part of our Fall 2007 series, Mirrors of Science