SOFAlab: ACTS OF TRANSLATION

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between Art, Science, and Medicine

- Friday, May 18, 7-9pm

Acts of Translation Between Art, Science, and Medicine

Panelists:

  • Caroline Wellbery, Medical Doctor, Associate Professor, Georgetown University, PhD in Comparative Literature
  • Erwin Timmers, Green Artist, MFA Design Arts and Architecture, Co-founder Washington Glass School
  • Giorgio Ascoli, Molecular Neuroscientist, Professor, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University
  • Alice Quatrochi, Educator, Bachelor of Independent Studies, George Mason University
  • Selin Oguz Balci, Process-based Artist, MFA University of Maryland
  • Yilmaz Balci, Agriculturalist, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Department of Natural Resources, Sciences, Landscapes

The panel is intended to illuminate new ways of thinking by showcasing conversations that bridge the healing arts, environmental realities, neuro-sciences and collaborative networking in the creation of art; and conversely to examine effective new scientific and medical observations, answering questions about how art and science instruct and help one another in raising awareness about environmental responsibility in the area of health care.

Looking at the collaborative efforts of three teams of artists and scientists, the evening will unfold their various conversations and inquiries as they have worked together to explore new avenues of awareness.

The first collaborative team Giorgio Ascoli and Alice Quatrochi have explored neuro-scientific images to evaluate how physical concepts and theories reflect perception and expression. Their collaborative process that grew from virtual neuron models to interpretative sculptural rendering will be examined.

The second collaborative team Caroline Wellbery and Erwin Timmers consider medical waste and its environmental impact. By looking at areas of concern that mutually affect artists and healers, they have developed conversations and questions about how art and science instruct and help one another in raising awareness about environmental responsibility in the area of health care.

The third collaborative team Selin Oguz Balci and Yilmaz Balci will describe their considerations about artistic and scientific practices that observe plant pathogens, their impact on the environment, and usefulness as transformative materials and interactive elements.

The panel is funded by George Mason University's Center for Consciousness and Transformation and coordinated by Shanti Norris, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts; Paul So, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University; Helen Frederick, School of Art, George Mason University; and Hamiltonian Gallery. Interns Alex Giller, Aaron Van Andel, Scott Jemielity and Erwin Thamm assisted the program in 2011-12.


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