Conversations on Art and Science Event Series

Under the leadership of SAIC president Walter Massey, the Conversations on Art and Science event series was launched in 2011 as a forum for exploring interdisciplinary and critical perspectives on art, science, design, and technology. Lectures or panel discussions hosted each fall semester bring noted artists, designers, and scholars to the SAIC campus to discuss their work. These dialogues provide a time and place for considering myriad perspectives on art, science, design, and technology. They also sustain the diverse conversations on art and science that are ongoing in the work of faculty and students at SAIC.


Eugenia Cheng: SAIC Scientist-in-Residence
Deep Structures: Seeking the Essence of Mathematics

Tuesday, March 10, 4:30 p.m.
SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

Eugenia Cheng is a mathematician and pianist who is currently on sabbatical from her tenured position at the University of Sheffield, UK. Cheng is a strong believer in bringing math to a wider audience and breaking down stereotypes surrounding mathematics. She was an early pioneer of mathematics on YouTube, and her short math videos have now been viewed more than 800,000 times. Her media work includes television and radio interviews with the BBC, Sky New, ABC (Australia), and CBC (Canada). Her first popular math book How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics will be published by Basic Books in 2015.


Conversations on Art and Science:
Bioart, Ecoart and the Spaces In-Between

Friday, March 27, 4:15 p.m.
The MacLean Center Screening Room, 112 S. Michigan Ave., room 1307

Visiting artist Kathy High and SAIC professors Eduardo Kac and Andy Yang will discuss their work at the intersection of art and biology in a panel discussion moderated by Heather Dewey-Hagborg. High's work pursues queer and feminist inquiries into areas of bioscience, science fiction, and animal studies, and she will present on her creative work in the field of biological art. Kac will discuss his work, Natural History of the Enigma, which centers on a genetically engineered flower that is a hybrid of the artist and a petunia. This new flower expresses Kac's DNA exclusively in its red veins. Yang explores the interweaving ecologies of the natural, cultural, and biohistorical. Dewey-Hagborg is known for her provocative interventions examining biotechnology and privacy.

Presented by Conversations on Art and Science and Bioart Colloquium.

Conversations on Art and Science:
George Lucas

Wednesday, April 15, 6:00 p.m.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.

This lecture is not open to the public; only SAIC students, faculty, and staff with school ID may attend.

Filmmaker George Lucas's devotion to timeless storytelling and cutting-edge innovation has resulted in some of the most successful and beloved films of all time, including the Star Wars saga and the Indiana Jones franchise, while also pioneering new digital standards for sophistication in film visuals and sound and inspiring generations of young people to follow their imagination and dreams. Lucas serves on the board of the Film Foundation and the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts Advisory Board, and he will build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, emphasizing American illustrative, digital, cinematic, and animation art as an avenue for the exploration of the great storytelling history, populist works, and artistic innovation of the past 150 years.

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