Which is more useful to the world: art or science?
That question – and the value judgment implicit within it – is useless, says Peter Lloyd Jones, Associate Dean of Emergent Design and Creative Technologies at the Sidney Kimmel Medial College of Thomas Jefferson University.
“Forget about perceived value – believe in the ‘usefulness of the seemingly useless’. That is how we function within our work space, and it seems more productive.”
Jones will deliver the third talk in the Convergence Initiative’s Sci-Art/Art-Sci conference series February 16th at Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts. He will challenge the social misconceptions about the value and utility of the arts and sciences.
“This relatively new idea that leads us to falsely believe that science has more value to human advancement than art, with art playing a greater role in promoting humanity than science – i.e. that we think one is more “useful” than the other – is a false and often misleading construct”
Convergence Initiative returns to Concordia
The Convergence Initiative brings artists and neuroscientists together on equal footing and allows them to engage in cross-disciplinary dialogues.
Cristian Zaelzer, founder and director of this community project, believes deeply in the connection between the two. Combining the two fields often helps clarify the complementary roles science and art play in society.
“We want to show the art and science communities, as well as to the public in general, that there are a lot people doing things which intersect science and art, and that their work is relevant” says Zaelzer.
Last year, the Faculty of Fine Arts began a partnership with Convergence. It hosted a class where fine arts students and neuroscientists from McGill’s Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience Program (BRaIN) created collaborative art projects. Their art was exhibited at the Visual Voice Gallery and at the Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN/CAN) annual conference.
This year, Convergence addresses scientific issues within the context of the visual arts and culture through a series of talks, entitled the Sci-Art/Art-Sci Conferences.