Friday, July 15, 2011

Resources: you are here

you are here is a journal published by the University of Arizona Department of Geography.  The theme is 'the concept of place', which lends itself nicely to mutual art/science exploration.  In practice, there is not a lot of direct scientific content in this journal, although the many of the creative works reference the scientific understanding of geography.

I will point out that I have two poems published in the current issue: Browsing the International Tree-Ring Data Bank, and Getting Laundry Done in Rampur.  Both poems are geographical in nature, but only the first could be called scientific. 

Resources: Leonardo

'Interdisciplinary' is a very sexy word these days, and for good reason.  Exploring links between existing bodies of knowledge can be exciting and fruitful.  But knowing enough about both areas to do this in a way that is actually productive can be quite difficult, especially when they are quite different, and both require a fair amount of background knowledge to get started.

When artists tackle scientific ideas or themes (or vice versa), the result may be pretty cool, but is often not truly interdisciplinary. Knowing what is interesting on one or more scientific fronts as well as contemporary art fronts, plus having the specialized knowledge and skills in both fields to create something meaningful, is a lot of work. 

One thing that makes all interdisciplinary work harder is the lack of a traditional support infrastructure.  This is especially true for people who are still beginning their careers.  Therefore, I think it important to point out examples of people and resources that make it easier to bridge this gap.  One such resource is the journal Leonardo and its associated publications, put out by MIT Press.  I first learned about this journal when researching one of its editorial board members, Eduardo Kac.  Leonardo is a general interest journal dealing with the connectedness of science, technology, and art, and seems to me to be one of the best examples of how to do this in a way that isn't either scientifically or artistically naive.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Hi, I'm Hanna, and I intend to write about the intersection of art and science in this blog.  I am in the process of developing an art practice, and also getting a graduate degree in ecohydrology/watershed management.  I am interested in the use of art as a way to communicate some of the more transcendent aspects of scientific thought and progress.  I do this mostly through mixed media 2-D works, but I have been known to write poems as well.  One of my big goals for the next 3 years is to develop a large scale collaborative art project that deals with rivers and how we see them geographically, socially, and spiritually.

To start things off, here is a link to my portfolio: It's a little out of date, but if you want to comment on anything there, I am happy to hear it.  I may also talk about useful research/information tools from time to time.  Thanks for reading.