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Artistic Scientific Research Paper

The Experimental Section: The Key to Longevity of Your Research
Jillian M. Buriak and Brian Korgel
Chem. Mater., 2014, 26 (5)  DOI: 10.1021/cm500632c

Your Research Results Look Compelling, but Are They Reliable?
Jillian M. Buriak
Chem. Mater., 2014, 26 (7)  DOI: 10.1021/cm5010449

Cite with a Sight
Prashant Kamat and George C. Schatz
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2014, 5 (7)  DOI: 10.1021/jz500430j

Overcoming the Myths of the Review Process and Getting Your Paper Ready for Publication
Prashant V. Kamat, Gregory Scholes, Oleg Prezhdo, Francisco Zaera, Timothy Zwier, and George C. Schatz
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2014, 5 (5)  DOI: 10.1021/jz500162r

In Response
Jillian M. Buriak, Raymond E. Schaak, and Paul S. Weiss
ACS Nano, 2012, 6 (5)  DOI: 10.1021/nn3019046

The Increasing Impact of Multimedia and Social Media in Scientific Publications
Prashant V. Kamat and George C. Schatz
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2014, 5 (1)  DOI: 10.1021/jz402623m

We Take It Personally
Dawn A. Bonnell, Jillian M. Buriak, Warren C. W. Chan, Jason H. Hafner, Paula T. Hammond, Mark C. Hersam, Ali Javey, Nicholas A. Kotov, Andre E. Nel, Peter J. Nordlander, Reginald M. Penner, Andrey L. Rogach, Ray E. Schaak, Molly M. Stevens, Andrew T. S. Wee, C. Grant Willson, and Paul S. Weiss
ACS Nano, 2012, 6 (12)  DOI: 10.1021/nn305696y

Why Did You Accept My Paper?
Prashant V. Kamat, Oleg Prezhdo, Joan-Emma Shea, Gregory Scholes, Francisco Zaera, Timothy Zwier, and George C. Schatz
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2014, 5 (14)  DOI: 10.1021/jz501139d

A Year-Long Collaboration with Siemens Stiftung, Munich

AR – Artistic Research, the yearlong collaboration between the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) and the Siemens Stiftung of Munich, focused attention this academic year on artistic research, how it intersects with science and the differences between the two methodologies.

The collaboration featured an exhibit of works by artists working at the intersection of art, science and technology; a lecture series that brought artists together with scientists to discuss their different forms of inquiry; and a spring-term course exploring the relation of current artistic practice to the German Bauhaus Movement, including examination of the archive of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, a precursor to ACT that was itself rooted in the Bauhaus Movement and dedicated to creative collaboration between artists and scientists. The archive contains a record of more than 40 years of artistic research and transdisciplinary collaborations.

Co?curated by ACT director Ute Meta Bauer with Thomas D. Trummer, Curator of Visual Arts at the Siemens Stiftung, the projects were installed in the ground floor open gallery of SA+P’s new Media Lab Complex, home to ACT, beginning with work by a single artist then evolving over several weeks to include a second, a third and finally a fourth.

The first chapter in the exhibit featured a selection of photos and videos by the Hungarian artist Attila Csörgö – winner of the Nam June Paik Award in 2008 –whose work applies the language of geometry and physics to traditional, pre-digital-age materials like sticks, strings and electric motors, all carefully engineered and meticulously invented, to describe and reconfigure spatial relationships between objects. Among the items on display were objects that are neither solid nor stable but rather animate and shift into one another – a series of photos, for example, of two pyramids that open their volume then melt into a cube, and photo documentation of the transformation of a polygon from one form to another.

The second installment was a collection of photograms and Polaroids by György Kepes, from his family’s archives, rarely exhibited before. Kepes experimented with light and techniques of double exposure, exploring how light, movement, photography and chemistry interact and function. The display included a selection of ten photograms from the 1970s – photographic prints made by placing objects on sensitized paper and exposing the paper to light – and two large-format color Polaroids done in collaboration with the Cambridge based Polaroid Corporation in the 1980s.

The third installment comprised work by Argentinean artists Guillermo Faivovich and Nicolás Goldberg, who were artists in residence at ACT for one week in February, when they also held a public talk as part of the Collision 2 lecture series. Their artistic research methods involve bibliographical inquiry, archival research, oral history and scientific investigations. In 2006, Faivovich and Goldberg began researching a meteorite shower that took place in Argentina 4000 years ago. El Taco – one fragment of an 800-ton iron mass – came from the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter. ?Their project revolves around researching the cultural impact of the meteorites by studying, reconstructing and reinterpreting their visual, oral and written history. Their project is documented in The Campo del Cielo Meteorites – Vol 1: El Taco published by dOCUMENTA (13) and will also be fea¬tured at the 2012 dOCUMENTA (13) exhibition.

AR – Artistic Research also presented a long-term project by ACT fellow Jae Rhim Lee whose work draws on interests in psychology, environmental sustainability, and disaster management. The Infinity Burial Project proposes alternatives for the post-mortem body and features the training of a unique strain of mushroom to decompose human tissue and support new plant growth. In 2008, Lee directed the MIT FEMA Trailer Project, a class at the Visual Arts Program that examined the political history of the FEMA trailers and addressed their contamination with formaldehyde. Lee and her students transformed the trailer on site into an ‘Armadillo’, a mobile education unit, complete with a composting center, vertical gardens, a rainwater catching system and a permaculture library that MIT donated to Side Street Projects in Pasadena CA.

The artists invited to AR – Artistic Research spoke in the ACT Monday night lecture, this term titled Collision 2: When Artistic and Scientific Research Meet. The artists were paired with MIT respondents from a variety of disciplines, including planetary science, anthropology, chemistry and law. Csörgö spoke about his work in his talk titled ‘Turning Out the Space.’ His respondent was Siemens Stiftungs’ Thomas Trummer. Faivovich & Goldberg’s talk – ‘A Guide to Campo del Cielo’ – described their research as well as their adventures in looking for the missing meteorite with a response from MIT Professor of Planetary Science, Richard Binzel. Jae Rhim Lee presented ‘Parallel/Peripheral: Working at the Intersection of Art and Other,’ going through the steps that led her to the Infinity Burial Project. She was joined by Nicholas A. Ashford, MIT Professor of Technology and Policy, and Director of the MIT Technology and Law Program; Professor Ashford has a long history investigating the destructive effects of formaldehyde.

The exhibited examples of different approaches to artistic research were expanded through lectures by Florian Dombois, Laurent Grasso and Ricardo Dominguez. Dombois is the Head of Y-Research and founder of the Institute of Interdisciplinarity at the Bern University of the Arts, Bern, Switzerland. He spoke about ‘Luginsland (Art as Research)’ and had as a respondent ACT director and associate professor Ute Meta Bauer. French artist Laurent Grasso spoke about ‘Science & Fictions’ and was joined by MIT Professor of Anthropology Stefan Helmreich. Ricardo Dominguez, Associate Professor at UCSD, presented ‘Transborder Disturbances: Aesthetics, Interventions and Technology’ with a response by Christopher Csikszentmihalyi, Director of the MIT Center for Future Civic Media.

The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology was inaugurated in the spring of 2010 and operates as a critical studies and production based laboratory, connecting the arts with an advanced technological community. Siemens Stiftung collaborates in the fields of Education & Social Issues, Society and Technology and Art & Culture to develop projects that lead from ideas to concrete actions. In its Visual Arts section, it develops exhibitions in the field of contemporary art with a strong thematic focus on emerging issues of societies today. The collaboration reflects the ACT’s mission as an academic and research unit emphasizing artistic practice as knowledge production and dissemination.

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