Collaborations between science and art are happening more and more frequently. Relational Space identifies relevant stories and initiatives around the globe and reports them here to inform and inspire our community.

The First USPS Stamp Designed by an Alaska Native Artist Features a Trickster Raven as It Steals the Sun


Grace Ebert

February 24, 2021

A new stamp from the U.S. Postal Service will illuminate a piece of Indigenous culture. ‘Raven Story’ is based on traditional Tlingit lore about the trickster animal bringing the stars, moon & sun to the universe after a series of heists.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Stamp #Indigenous

How to Shape a Productive Scientist–Artist Collaboration


Virginia Gewin

February 23, 2021

Scientists + Artists partnerships are a powerful way for exploration & creativity with an overarching goal of
reshaping ideas to create something new together.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Creativity #Collaboration #KnowledgeCreation

The Staying Inside Guide: The Math Behind Mesmerizing Islamic Patterns

Wall Street Journal

Lee Lawrence

February 22, 2021

As explosive as some designs feel; as random as some shapes appear; and as overwhelming as the juxtaposition of ornamentations can be, undergirding each—like an unseen safety net—is a mathematical structure.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Complexity

Indigenous Artists Are Reclaiming Masks as a Source of Storytelling and Strength

Atlas Obscura

Carolyn B. Heller

February 21, 2021

Many North American Indigenous cultures incorporate masks in their ceremonies, legends, and other cultural practices.“ Breathe is a collection of traditionally crafted masks demonstrating resiliency through our 21st-century pandemic.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Storytelling

Policy Strategies to Remedy Isolation of Specialist Arts and Music Teachers

Arts Education Policy Review

A. Bautista, A. M. Stanley & F. Candusso

February 20, 2021

Teacher isolation is prevalent among arts & music specialists due to marginalization of arts & music, where integration between academic & artistic domains of knowledge is superficial. Processes that enable peer collaborations contribute to professional growth & psychological well being of in-service teachers.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Collaboration

Listening to Nature: How Sound Can Help Us Understand Environmental Change

Interalia Magazine

Hannah Schwalbe

February 19, 2021

Increasingly, we are learning that humans and animals are not the only organisms that use sound to communicate. So do plants & forests. Without the arts we would not be asking these perceptual questions. Without science we would not have sophisticated tools to undertake this analysis and build predictive models..

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Nature #Conservation

From Atoms, Molecules, and Numbers to Literature, Art, and Performance

American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

J. Russell Teagarden

February 18, 2021

The humanities, literature, art, & performance are a biomedical tool to learn about what people go through with their diseases, disorders, & injuries apart from their encounters with health care professionals & institutions that are singularly focused on medical science.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Poetry #Biomedical

How the Arts Can Help You to Craft a Successful Research Career


Amber Dance

February 17, 2021

The most successful scientists are more likely than others to have artistic or musical hobbies. The benefits of integrating arts into the scientific enterprise include increased creativity, inspiration and broad-based explorations.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Creativity

Exploring 3D Miniatures with Action Simulations by Finger Gestures: Study of a new embodied design for blind and sighted children


D. Valente, A. Palama, & E. Gentaz

February 16, 2021

Tactile books for blind children generally contain tactile illustrations referring to a visual world that can be difficult to understand. The contribution of sensorimotor simulation in the identification of objects by touch and brings innovative solutions in book design for individuals with visual impairment.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Tactile #Imagery #3D #Simulation

Science Meets Magical Realism in Son of Monarchs

Scientific American

Pakinam Amer

February 15, 2021

A new film, Son of Monarchs, creates layers of storytelling, with a wistful musical score & a metaphor-rich experience. The film is also a commentary on what it means to be an immigrant at the precipice of personal evolution in a time of turbulent politics, wading into difficult conversations about politics, culture and gender.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Migration #Monarchs

Which is More Creative, the Arts or the Sciences?

Science Daily

K. van Broekhoven, D. Cropley & P. Seegers

February 14, 2021

Creativity is general in nature a multi-faceted competency involving similar attitudes, skills & knowledge, all transferrable from one situation to another. Creativity in art, science, technology, engineering & math are the essentially the same, sharing an openness to new ideas, divergent thinking, and a sense of flexibility.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Creativity

Linking Education in the Arts and Humanities to Life-Long Well-Being and Health

Mellon Foundation

Carol D. Ryff

February 13, 2021

The humanities and sciences working together in higher education should encourage purposeful life engagement, self-realization and life-long participation in the arts. These factors promote health and well-being including longer lives, less disease, less biological risk and quality ties to others. 

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Wellness #MindBody

The cultural transformation paradigm in the time of Covid-19: Entering Relationships

Arts Management

Patrick S. Föhl & Suse Klemm

February 12, 2021

The time has come for the artists, the cultural creators, & the cultural enablers to step out of their silos & demand a cultural policy that is also good social policy. It is time for collaboration & network building to enable new concepts of the public & common good.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #SocialGood #Collaboration

Investigating the interrelationships between sport and the arts

Sports in Society

Jonathan Long & Doug Sandle

February 11, 2021

Sports and the arts can work together to facilitate community development by composing a common cultural language representing a tool for communities to ‘co-create urban space’

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Sports

The Deep Meaning of Poetry. Eduardo Kac’s Art of the Fundamental Processes

Noema Lab

Pier Luigi Capucci

February 10, 2021

The transformations of society and culture, in a constant creative relationship with the culture, the technology and the science of his time. The bioarts have also entered the world of traditional art, as a tool to discuss many nodal issues.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Bioart

Turning Space Images Into Music Makes Astronomy More Accessible

Science News

Maria Temming

February 9, 2021

Sonification can make cosmic wonders more accessible to people with blindness or visual impairments, and complement images for sighted learners.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Music #Astronomy

Art for Change: Transformative learning and youth empowerment in a changing climate


J. Bentz & K. O’Brien

February 8, 2021

Climate-related art projects can serve as more than a form of science communication. They represent a process of opening up imaginative spaces where audiences can move more freely and reconsider the role of humans as responsible beings with agency and a stake in sustainability transformations.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Climate #Sustainability

New M. C. Escher Documentary Traces the Colorful Life of a Mathematician at Heart

Art News

Claire Selvin

February 7, 2021

A new film: M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity has been released, offering an entrancing look at how Escher became so fascinated by mathematics and the magical possibilities of patterns.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Paradox #Mathematics

Matter, Space And Time – The Enchanting Entanglement Of Physics And Art

3 Quarks Daily

Ariane Koek

February 6, 2021

Art + science is not just a tool to describe & illustrate solutions - it is an entanglement where imagination & knowledge meet to drive knowledge & our different ways of knowing forward.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Physics #Discovery

Visual and Narrative Comprehension of Trauma

Journal of Ethics

P. R. Abramson & T. L. Abramson

February 5, 2021

Trauma can be deeply tumultuous but largely unarticulated. Artworks emanating from trauma, that are vitalized by narrative input, have power to help integrate traumatic experiences.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Trauma #Narrative

A Model That Can Create Unique Chinese Calligraphy Art

Tech Explore

Ingrid Fadelli

February 4, 2021

Researchers have recently created an AI/GAN-based model that generates abstract artworks inspired by Chinese calligraphy, the artistic form in which characters were traditionally written.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #MachineLearning #AI

How the Arts Can Help Students Who Struggle Most​

Johns Hopkins Hub

Chanapa Tantibanchachai

February 3, 2021

Incorporating the arts—rapping, dancing, drawing—into science lessons can help low-achieving students retain more knowledge and possibly help students of all ability levels be more creative in their learning.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Neuroscience

The Art of Coping with Survivor’s Guilt

International Arts + Minds Lab


February 2, 2021

Feelings of survivor’s guilt following a loss are totally normal. Artistic expression, in any form, can lift people out of the grip of trauma and guilt. The creative arts provide a safe space to explore traumatic memories, reflect on negative experiences and build resilience.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #SurvivorGuilt

Adventures in Mathematical Knitting

American Scientist

Sarah-Marie Belcastro

February 1, 2021

A knitted object is flexible and can be physically manipulated, unlike beautiful and mathematically perfect computer graphics. Knitting offers insights: In creating an object anew, not following someone else’s pattern, there is deep understanding to be gained.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Knitting

Paper-Folding Art Reduced to the Nanoscale in Engineering Breakthrough

New Atlas

Nick Lavars

January 31, 2021

A team of scientists has taken Kirigami, a a traditional art form of Japanese paper folds and cuts, down to the nanoscale for the first time, a breakthrough they say opens up new possibilities in applications ranging from robotics to aerospace.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Kirigami

How Art Changes Consciousness


Jacob Devaney

January 30, 2021

Contemplation, observing, and taking in beauty all stimulate pleasure centers within the brain while increasing blood flow by up to 10% in the medial orbitofrontal cortex. This can lead to an elevated state of consciousness, wellbeing, and better emotional health.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Wellness

International collaboration and covid-19: what are we doing and where are we going?


J. B. Bump, P. Friberg & D. R. Harper

January 29, 2021

The covid-19 pandemic painfully shows the reasons why nations are better off when they cooperate and collaborate in health, and also reveals the hazards of their incomplete commitment to doing so. he imperative of finding collaborative and collective solutions—solidarity—has never been more obvious, or more urgent, for covid-19, climate change, non-communicable diseases, and the many other pressing and grave challenges that hinge on collective action.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #BetterTogether

Visualising Covid-19 with VR

Goldsmiths, University of London

Sarah Cox

January 28, 2021

VR Art technology in a mash-up with real-time 3D virus visualization engine is creating a new game for PC, smartphones and tablets illustrating how the Covid-19 virus docks with human cells at a protein level. It provides young scientists with an innovative new way to understand the way Covil-19 proteins “dock” with human cells and, in a wider sense, how drug design works.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #VR #COVID-19

Why 2021 Will See a Resurgence of the Dada Art Movement

The Collector

January 27, 2021

The Dada Art Movement was a response to the turmoil of World War I. This past year has seen unprecedented, global  loss, anger & suffering. The meme culture reflects a new, emergent Dada: enjoying life despite the world burning.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Dada

Can Shocking Images Persuade Doubters of COVID’s Dangers?

Scientific American

N. Ballantyne, J. Celniker & P. Ditto

January 26. 2021

Images are visceral reminders of the pandemic’s dangers, revealing unsettling events behind closed doors, and forcing us to contend with the unspeakable. But, using images to persuade requires nuance to penetrate hearts and minds that lead to behavior change. We owe it to those we love to keep trying.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #SocialAction #COVID-19

Storytelling Can Be a Powerful Tool for Science


J. Ettinger, F. E. L. Otto & E. L. F. Schipper

January 25, 2021

Storytelling helps portray science as a human-driven endeavor, full of successes, uncertainties, missteps & failures, which promotes transparency. It’s key to recognize the sophistication of the audiences’ sensitivity to cues of quality & how these affect trust so the aim is to engage & inform but not persuade at the exclusion of inconvenient data.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Storytelling #Narrative

Augmented Dreams

Art news

Samantha Culp

January 24, 2021

Art initiatives involving AR have proliferated in the past few years. Free and relatively easy tools are giving rise to an entire new generation of creators. This latest mutation illustrates the complex relationship between art, technology, and commerce.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #AR

Using Art to Foster Sustainability Thinking in Management Education

Economists Talk Art

Ingrid Molderez & Kim Ceulemans

January 23, 2021

The concept of sustainability requires an understanding interconnections between human beings & nature. Art helps to refocus on the interdependences of our systems to make people think critically, beyond boundaries. Art is worthy of a place in every study program, including management, engineering & law .

#RelationalSpace #Art #Sustainability #Economist

How the arts can improve mental health, especially during the pandemic

Bloomberg Philanthropies

EpiArts Lab

January 22, 2021

People who have spent 30 minutes or more each day during the pandemic on arts activities like reading for pleasure, listening to music, or engaging in a creative hobby have lower reported rates of depression and anxiety and greater life satisfaction.

#RelationalSpace #Art #MentalHealth #Creativity

David Fincher’s “Fight Club” and Consumerism 20 Years Later

Youth Time

Dawid Tysowski

January 21, 2021

“The things you own end up owning you…” 20 years have passed since Fight Club, a film reflecting the inconsistencies in our perceptions & the pressing problems of consumerism. Rather than change our perspective, we have only dived deeper into the seemingly unstoppable wheel of striving for possessions and material goods.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Film #Consumerism

Why Horror Films Are More Popular Than Ever


January 20, 2021

The pandemic and other stressful events create anxiety in part because we do not feel in control of the situation. Horror fiction/films provides a cognitive simulation that allows us to express anxiety & engage with frightening phenomena in a safe setting.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Film #Psychology

Pink seesaws across US-Mexico border named Design of the Year 2020

The Guardian

Lanre Bakare

January 19, 2021

‘Teeter-Totter Wall’ an interactive installation designed by California-based architects Ronald Rael and Virigina San Fratello, has won the 2020 Beazley Design of the Year (London's Design Museum). This collection of bright pink seesaws allowed people to interact over the US-Mexico border to encourage people to build bridges between communities.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #SocialAction

Singing Away the Social Distancing Blues: Art Therapy in a Time of Coronavirus

Journal of Humanistic Psychology

Nisha Gupta

January 18, 2021

Crisis has always been intertwined with creativity. The act of viewing, making, & sharing music, street art, paintings, graphic art, cinema, & digital videos serves as a therapeutic vehicle for empowerment, solidarity, and collective action during the social distancing required by COVID.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Empowerment #Solidarity

Co-Creation: The Key to True Lasting Change

Geneva Global

Doug Balfour

January 16, 2021

Co-creation is an iterative, equitable process that removes barriers for all actors to meaningfully contribute their knowledge and skills to achieve sustainable and scalable solutions to bring positive social innovation into the world.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #CoCreation

Olfactory Engineering: The Future Of Multisensory VR Could Be Scent-Based

Immersive Learning

Aaron Wisniewski

January 15, 2021

The potential of scent-based immersion in virtual settings is expanding. We use all of our senses to understand and interpret the world around us. Sight, sound, smell, taste & touch power our reactions to our environment. Scent in particular has a powerful effect on memory & recall.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Immersive #Olfactory


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Artists and scientists alike are focused on exploring the world and try to understand the universe through introspection, examination and experimentation. Their differences in perspective and methodology can lead to novel dialogue. Combining scientific exploration with creative expression offers unique opportunities for forming new knowledge, discovery and creativity. To tackle the intractable challenges of our global society requires a brand new language – a language of interdisciplinarity, interconnectedness, and intersectionality. Relational Space provides an immersive space for artistic expression and scholarly knowledge exchange with focus on Evidence-based Art: Art presented in relation to empirically supported ideas to promote transformational social change. Relational Space encourages communication and collaboration among artists, scientists, policy-makers and community activists. Our vision sees a more just and sustainable world, inspired by art and transformed through truth. 


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