Stefanos & Diaa
For 36 weeks, Stefanos and I have been sharing several discussions, Skype meetings, blogs, and more resources regarding New-Media arts and particularly interactive arts in order to outline our own common points. We spent considerable time to focus and refine our thoughts towards a rigorous interdisciplinary project. As we believe that the residency represents a chance to build a long cooperation more than a chance to produce a final project within the exact residence time. We have already finished preparation period and now we are working together within our announced action plan in order to execute our project.
Before reporting on our ongoing project, I see the most important point Stefanos shared with me from the beginning of the residency is how to focus our discussions and practices and collect several resources that clearly reveal how art feeds sciences not vice versa, how can contemporary artistic practices-based research contribute to deepen the scientific concepts and integrate the public into their related critical debates.
In fact, this is not my first cooperation with a scientist as my accurate specialization is mainly lies in the area at which art, sciences, and technology interact each other. Throughout all these practices and projects including the current ongoing one, me and almost all my specialization colleagues believe that such interdisciplinary domain is going to unleash a new generation of knowledge.
However, several difficulties and challenges cannot be denied. Such as but not limited, building a common environment for artists and scientists to work together usually needs a common methodology and language. This kind of language is still very limited to be used by only those who study interdisciplinary programs, which they are also few comparing to traditional artists and scientists.
Nowadays, the international society of the arts, sciences and technology (LEONARDO Journal), in which I am a member, referee, and author in, has a leading role to foster the academic contribution derived from the artists that work within the context of the relationship between art, sciences and technology. As an extension, I see SciArt centre is going to perform a leading role by focusing on the environment of the practical practices physically and virtually, by which such research can be derived from.
Finally, I am really pleased to continue work with Stefanos towards completion of our project and validate its artistic and academic values.