An ICT for Life Sciences Forum event sponsored by Illumina and VLSCI.
Join leading data-imaging scientist, Martin Kryzwinski, Genome Sciences Centre, Canada, creator of the Circos graph to display genomic data sets in a way that revealed their inner structure and served as a visually stunning emblem of the new field. His information graphics have appeared in the New York Times, Wired, Scientific American and covers of numerous books and scientific journals. Krzywinski’s work has set a new standard for the presentation of scientific results and established design as a tool of discovery in the research process itself.
"We practice science by using our abilities to reason, deduce and infer to learn about the physical world around us. But we are more than thinking creatures. Our abilities of emotional expression and creative imagination are also potent forces within us. We exercise them to a certain extent as we do science, but they either have no place in the final product in physical sciences or are merely used as input data in social sciences. We know nothing about Einstein from E=mc^2 and nothing about Watson, Crick and Franklin from the double helix model, other than all were either brilliant, lucky, or both. This leaves the scientist with the troubling conclusion: there is no place for a great part of them in the output of their work. There is also the nagging sense that, whatever the discovery, someone else would eventually stumble upon it: E=mc^2 was inevitable, the works of Beethoven were not. What's to be done? Perhaps, one might suggest, they could try making some art. After hours, of course.
I've always felt that the explicit distinction between art and science has limited both. What should we do with the feelings we have about our thoughts and the thoughts we have about our feelings? There pretty of art does not necessarily besmirch the smart of science. All scientists should be more artistic and all artists more scientific, although this can be difficult to achieve within cultures and institutional boundaries of these fields. As someone with a scientific role and often artistic output, my own perspective is that of someone somewhere between a visiting scientist in a studio and a visiting artist in a lab.
Using examples from my work and science-related art projects, I will make the case for more art in science, as a form of communication, education and inspiration."
Lecture Theatre GM-15
The Law Building
The University of Melbourne
185 Pelham Street
(Corner Barry Street)