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“I think it's extremely important to be well-rounded and exercise both sides of your brain, and I think sometimes if you build the creative part, you need that in the scientific part as well.” – Karen Nyberg Astronauts do a lot of things while they're in outer space: they...
"We all live transdisciplinary lives; no one thing defines us. So why not embrace transdisciplinary work? Whatever your field, there is always value in some outside perspective." -- Rachel Sussman What can a simple, unadorned photograph of a tree teach people about a heady concept like...
Sunil Iyengar (NEA Director of Research and Analysis) and I had the privilege of attending a Nature of Creativity in the Brain working group at the Santa Fe Institute earlier this month. We co-organized the event with Jennifer Dunne, the Institute’s faculty chair. The purpose of the meeting...
"[W]e've got objective ways of knowing the world and we've got subjective ways of knowing the world, and I think what I try to do through my work is to challenge both of these and propose something that allows the viewer to ask new questions."-- Patricia Olynyk Can we really...
When I was seven years old there were a lot of art materials around the house. Blocks, clay, paint, paper—I loved to make things. My grandmother was an artist and my grandfather an inventor, and I had caught the bug. I would squeeze and sculpt Sculpey, a polymer clay my grandfather had...
"Whereas science through its objectivity and rigor distills the human being out of ideas, the arts reconstitute science to include human beings." -- Dr. Ainissa Ramirez Dr. Ainissa Ramirez is a science evangelist, an impassioned champion for science education. She has a Ph.D. in material...
The NEA awarded a 2013 Art Works grant to Media Alliance in Troy, New York, to support BioArt in the Industrial Wasteland , a series of artist residencies that sought to create do-it-yourself solutions to ecological challenges. One of the visiting artists was Natalie Jeremijenko . A native of...
Whether it's hip hop or baroque or jazz or country-western, we all like some kind of music. For musician and scientist Parag Chordia it's Indian classical music that most deeply moves him. Chordia the artist has pursued this musical love, even taking a year off from school to study with a...
Probably anyone who's ever taken a creative writing course has heard the phrase, "Show don't tell." For visual artist Andrea Polli, that's also pretty good advice when it comes to talking about climate change. Polli works at the fertile crossroads of digital media and ecology...
“How far can we go erasing clichés of the body? Can we take something like a sphere, or a collection of spheres, and—through video technol­ogy, brain wave scans, motion detection, or some other type of technology—still have it be a represen­tation or abstraction of the...

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