The Arts and Sciences, the "twin engines of creativity," more often than not, are thought of as completely different processes and products. This is wrong. Our multi-media seminar is devoted to exploring the global history and present-day expressions of the relationship between art, science and technology, and to showing how they are integrated. To this end we will cultivate both a new visual literacy and a new literacy in science and technology. Among our subjects are: the invention of visualizing technologies such as the microscope and PET scan and the types of images and meanings they have generated; cognitive maps and cartographic art; bio-art and genetically-engineered life forms; Darwinism and visual culture; Japanese anime; and robots and cyborgs.
Estimated cost of materials: $50 or more, but less than $100, but all readings will be on reserve.