Art + Science = New Visions
Traditionally, the realms of arts and sciences were kept separate from each other. However, increasingly, both artists and scientists are seeing the benefits of breaking down the silos and engaging in an exchange between disciplines.
In this DLD20 conversation led by Swiss curator Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Galleries), British mathematician Marcus du Sautoy (Oxford University) and Mexican artist Eduardo Terrazas speak about how merging the worlds of art and science can lead to new perspectives. They illustrate their point by demonstrating the power of diagrams to to depict complex ideas among other things.
“I find that very often we're interested in similar structures but have different languages to navigate those structures”, Marcus du Sautoy observes. “By bringing those different languages together, it allows us to see new things for both sides.”
Architect & Artist
Eduardo Terrazas is a Mexican architect by training whose endeavors also include painting, drawing, design, curating and urban and regional planning. For over fifty years, he has worked on an array of disciplines in order to understand and reflect on a changing reality, always proposing alternate methods for inhabiting and being, or additional modes for relating to one another, or new ways of looking.
University of Oxford
Marcus du Sautoy is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and author of six books, including his most recent work, The Creativity Code. He works extensively with a range of arts organisations bringing science alive for the public. For the BBC he presented the four-part landmark TV series The Story of Maths.
Hans Ulrich Obrist is Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, London. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since 1991 he has curated more than 250 shows. Obrist’s publications include A Brief History of Curating, Project Japan: Metabolism Talks with Rem Koolhaas, Do It: The Compendium, Think Like Clouds and Ai Weiwei Speaks.