Hi. So, I must say I am happy to be a part of the SciArt program. I must admit I had not had time to reach out to my teammate since our first meeting. It has been a crazy beginning of the semester. However, I have put some thought into projects that I would like to bounce off of her for consideration.
I think there is a great deal of apprehension for being full participants in math and the sciences in our youth, especially students of color. My experience has been the math aspect of certain subjects tends to scare people off. That said, I like to use art as a way of showing a person’s aversion to math may simply be a matter of perception. Art can be a powerful tool in demonstrating how perspective can influence one’s perception of a given subject and how perception can influence performance.
There is research that suggests a spatial awareness is a significant factor in understanding math intensive subject matter.
I would like to explore how people can improve their perception of 3D space and how it relates to understanding certain concepts in Math and Physics.
After a great first meeting, I've been flooded with ideas regarding science accessibility, techno-musical experimentation, and everything in between.
Lately, I've been particularly focused on storytelling as a way of linking science and artistic expression. As a scientist studying effects of the Anthropocene, my efforts to understand the natural world are inextricably linked with learning about how humans have impacted it. Recent work in the emerging field of critical physical geography - a field that examines the social and biogeophysical in tandem - has highlighted important work at the intersections of industrialization, environmental racism, and urban pollution (paper downloadable here with login).
Using this theoretical framework as a starting point, I hope to employ science and art in conjunction as storytelling tools to explore the dynamics of local demographic and ecologic change.
To examine another form of communication, I’ve also been thinking about the role of data visualization in promoting data accessibility, and the power of unconventional visualization to enable us to understand dynamics of change affecting 3, 4, 5, or more variables simultaneously. A cool talk at FOSS4G to this effect caught my attention, and though it was focused on visual non-photorealistic renderings (using Pittore and painting effects - paper here), audio visualization holds equal promise. Variations in tone, timbre, volume, and rhythm might be used to “see” change within complex datasets to enable greater - or maybe just different - comprehension than we are able to attain by looking at a series of 2D graphs holding the same information. I hope in the future I’m able to experiment with such complexity using audiovisualization techniques. For now, I’ve been using sound to display crystallographic data using simple sine tones*.
*This mineralogical singing has come out creepy so far. As a dedicated Bridge resident, however, I persevere.