It was a pleasure to host a diverse group of art and design students from the New York School of Visual Arts lead by artists Kara Rooney and Anna Kazan.
How to plan for such a meeting? I approached the challenge by considering what might be helpful to artists beginning their careers and posing questions I hoped they’d find interesting:
What is it like to arrive as an artist in a large physics department and where do you start?
What is the scope of the project?
What can we learn from Nature?
What can we learn from the process of scientific discovery?
What can an artist contribute to science?
Reflection on the last two questions lead me to create this table exploring the character of Finding Patterns in comparison to that of scientific discovery. It reveals how I have chosen to adopt the essence of science and added some additional features shown in black.
The session closed with a hands-on review of some of Nature’s patterns transferred onto silks and an opportunity to peer inside the heart of the atom by viewing colourful atomic spectra.