SCIENCE AND ART
Dr Jade Gibson, PhD Anthropology, MA Anthropology of Art, BSc Hons. Biomedical Science, BA Hons. Fine Art
With a strong leaning towards medical science, this double lecture will question whether the divisions between art and science really exist, or should exist, through exploring what art is and what art does. It will move from arguments that art ‘remakes’ the world and thus ‘heals’ the maker, to Leonardo da Vinci as anatomist and artist, to artists who use ‘science’ as their inspiration from their methodology to outcome. It examines the medical museum as artwork, and artwork to medicine, and then considers whether exhibitions such as Body Worlds are science or art. It will also explore the ‘ways’ in which we look at and view the world, in relation to our own capacities and perception when it comes to ‘seeing’’ whether optical illusion, or the ways in which we perceive aesthetics in relation to cultural experience.