22nd Mar 2011 - 29th Mar 2011
M57, Grand Parade & G7, Pavilion Parade
Never let it be said that APPRI doesn’t deal with big themes. One of these, contained within APPRI's web mission statement, is Arts Practices and Science. To quote from it:
"At the root of this for arts practices is a set of propositions about its relationship to a world undergoing rapid change. The physical conditions of life, for example, in the not too distant future will be one in which questions of art as previously understood will be subsumed by questions of survival. For science practice such an interchange may be about dissemination of its ideas into a wider arena and an understanding of creative processes that underlie scientific methods."
The following events were an opportunity to address these issues.
Tuesday 22 March 2011, 6.00pm, M57 Grand Parade
'The Hundred Year Hunt for the Red Sprites and Lightning’s Angels'
Peter McLeish, a Canadian born painter/multi-media artist/filmmaker has researched and worked in the field of arts sciences interchange for twenty years. Since 2001 he has been involved with the American scientist Walter. A. Lyons. Funded by the United States National Science Foundation they have explored upper atmospheric optical phenomena known as ‘Red Sprites'. Pater McLeish worked on this project and produced the artwork for a DVD and a website entitled ‘the Hundred Year Hunt for Red Sprites,’ together with a companion film Lightning’s Angels.
Peter McLeish presented both these works followed by a discussion with Charlie Hooker, Professor of Sculpture at Brighton and researcher in arts science collaborations. The event was aimed at student undergraduates, postgraduate and research students and staff from across the Faculty of Arts and Science Faculties in this university and beyond.
Monday 28 March 2011, 6.00pm, G7 Pavilion Parade
Truth, Goodness Beauty? / Science Ethics/Religion Art?
World famous gallerist and curator Richard Demarco and Colin Sanderson, Director of Encyclopaedia Europaica Ltd and former Director of the Association for Art, Science, Engineering & Technology (ASCENT) both made short presentations before engaging in debate with Lucy Platel, CFAP student and Charlie Hooker, Professor of Sculpture at Brighton, in a question and answer session with the audience, chaired by Peter Seddon (APPRI).
This was an opportunity to explore with key figures the history and current situation regarding the so-called ‘two cultures’, to see what each can bring to the other and what each needs to take account of to move forward.
Tuesday 29 March 2011, Tuesday, 6.00pm, G7 Pavilion Parade
Mark Tobey: Art and Belief
Dr Arthur Lyon Dahl presented a talk followed by a discussion about the work of Mark Tobey, painter, poet, composer (1890-1976). Tobey was much influenced by European Modernism, so-called ‘primitive’ art, East Asian art, and calligraphy. He produced highly meditative works and was a significant contributor to the development of the flat, all-over style of painting that was such a feature of American Abstract Expressionism in the middle of the twentieth century.
Dr Arthur Lyon Dahl of Geneva, Switzerland, is a retired Deputy Assistant Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where he was Deputy Director of the Oceans and Coastal Areas Programme, Coordinator of the UN System-wide Earthwatch (earthwatch.unep.net) and Director of the Coral Reef Unit (coral.unep.ch).
Dr Arthur Lyon Dahl is now a consultant to international organizations on environmental assessment, observing strategies, indicators of sustainability, coral reefs, biodiversity, islands (islands.unep.ch), environmental education, and social and economic development, and Coordinator of the UNEP/University of Geneva Environmental Diplomacy Programme. He holds a BA in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and a PhD in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Dr Arthur Lyon Dahl ’s particular interest in the role of religious belief, environmental sustainability and ecological science formed the focus for this discussion of Tobey’s work.