As we come to the end of this Fellowship, I thought I would offer some insight on how I am producing my portion of the video explaining out pointillism project. I will be filming a small lecture in my Physics Laboratory most likely. I have asked a colleague in the Art Department to do the recording. Professor Rogers and I have collaborated on many projects. This is the first point I wanted to suggest.
Interdepartmental collaborations can be a rarity outside of the sciences, depending on the campus you are on. What I mean to say is, you may see Physics collaborating with Chemistry or Chemistry collaborating with Biology. However, it is rare to see a collaboration of say Physics with the Art Department. To be honest, it was my collaboration with the Art Department that led me to the SciArt Program.
To start with a substantive collaboration with science and art, you don’t need to have some structured meeting between departments. That seldom works on a department level. Unless all parties have buy-in from the jump, I doubt one would get much mileage out of such an initiative. I feel the best way to go about it is just going to lunch or hanging out after work and engage in casual conversation. Many of my best collaborations with the Art Department came from having lunch with my colleagues. You just start talking, and it turns into a brainstorming session.
In my time knowing Professor Rogers, he has filmed several of my lectures, filmed a
documentary on our Rocket team,
https://www.amazon.com/Rocket-Dogs- Limits-Roderic- Putnan/dp/B01MQFN0GS
Filmed a Youtube Science Show,
Filmed STEM music videos,
and Physics tutorials,
This is only to name a few of our collaborations. That being said, I encourage you to get out of your comfortable spaces if you are scientists and grab lunch with your art colleagues. You never know of the innovative things you might dream up!