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.

Evidence for the Effects of Viewing Visual Artworks on Stress Outcomes: A Scoping Review


M. Law , N. Karulkar & E. Broadbent

New meta-analyses reveal promising evidence showing positive effects of viewing artwork on reducing stress (moderating factors are setting, individual characteristics, artwork content & viewing instructions).

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Stress


September 21, 2021

Music and Sleep

Sleep Foundation

Rob Newsom

Music enhances sleep hygiene. It reduces cortisol and chronic pain and calms the autonomic nervous system. People across age groups report better sleep quality after listening to calming music.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Music


September 19, 2021

Photographs Made Through Microscope Reveal Hidden Beauty of Science

Washington Post

WaPo Staff

The entries in Nikon’s Small World Photomicrography Competition originate in the world of science but emerge in the universe of art.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Micro


September 18, 2021

How Science Fiction Ruined Smart Glasses

Giz Modo

M. Reyes & V. Song

Science Fiction creates sort of an ideal vision of what might be possible without having to do all the leg work of actually designing it. We write the wish list. Someone else has to fulfill it. Smart glasses aren’t futuristic gadget - they’ve been around for quite some time but contend with idealized design & privacy issues.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #ScienceFiction


September 17, 2021

Naming Unrelated Words Predicts Creativity


J. A. Olson, et al

How creative are you? Think of 10 words that are as wildly unrelated—in definition, category, or concept—as possible. Creative potential is related to a persons capacity for divergent thinking, that is, generating an array of diverse solutions to an open-ended problem.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Creativity


September 16, 2021

The Fine Line Between Reality and Imaginary


Nadine Dijkstra

Reality & imagination are completely intermixed in our brain - the separation between our inner world & the outside world is not as clear as we might like to think. If our imagination is vivid enough, we will a thing is real. Our imagination creates our perception of reality.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Imagination


September 15, 2021

‘Augmented creativity’: How AI Can Accelerate Human Invention

Venture Beat

K. Jokubaitė & A. Gaskell

Finding effective ways to combine existing ideas is difficult because of ever-growing volumes of published material. “Augmented creativity” is the use of AI to help understand a deluge of data by mining patent & research databases for ideas that can be combined to form interesting solutions to specific problems.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Creativity


September 14, 2021

Creativity Is a Process, Not an Event

James Clear

James Clear

Creativity is a process - a growth mindset focused more on the process than the outcome. Creativity required working through mental barriers and committing to practicing your craft deliberately - for years, in order to see your creative genius blossom.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Creativity


September 13, 2021

The Future Is Bespoke: Why Data Is a Medium for Creativity in this New World


Rishi Diwan

Innovations in the data and analytics landscape are unleashing creativity more effectively by lifting these technical constraints, demystifying analytics, and enabling collaboration on creative solutions that are tailored to each problem or challenge.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Data


September 12, 2021

Group Flow: When Groups Gain Access to a Mysterious Creativity

Psychology Today

Steve Taylor

Flow is a state of intense absorption when we focus our attention on a challenging activity, creating a sense of well-being & giving rise to creativity. The concept of group flow helps to explain why door musical groups attain high levels of creativity by creating music in a highly collaborative, organic way.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Flow


September 11, 2021

What does nanotechnology have to do with art?

Israel Hayom

ILH Staff

The Fetter Museum of Art and Nanoscience offers a new museum experience ( that features artwork generated as part of the evolving collaboration between artists & scientists reflecting he invisible nano-world & the far-reaching implications of nano research on our visible world.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Nanotechnology


September 10, 2021

Tech as Art

National Endowment for the Arts

Don Ball, Editor

Tech-centered artists (working fluidly across disciplines & formats, creating projects within & between virtual/physical spaces) are poised to grapple with societal & sectoral challenges, whether engaging with pandemic audiences or responding to calls for greater equity & inclusion in the Arts & Technology.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Technology


September 9, 2021

Long COVID: We Are Here

Relational Space

Leigh W. Jerome, Ph.D.

It is my great pleasure to announce our selection for a NYFA/CAC grant to expand community reach of Long COVID: We Are Here! We are developing a website; a trailer for the exhibition; and, a showing of the VR installation with an accompanying panel discussion with our experts/co-curators.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #LongCOVID


September 7, 2021

Why the World Needs Both Artists and Scientists


Lara Stein

We are living in a complicated time - COVID, climate change; geopolitical upheaval, exponential, disruptive technology…How do we design a more intentional, intelligent future? Everything that we design needs to include this diversity of inputs including educators, technologists, scientists and artists to radically collaborate.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Collaboration


September 5, 2021

NFTs by chimpanzees, like 1950s primate art, raise questions about the nature of creativity

The Conversation

Keri Cronin

The sale of the Primal Expressions NFTs add to the conversation about and growing recognition that at least some non-human animals have creative instincts similar to humans. The money raised from the Primal Expressions paintings will support sanctuary operations.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #NFT


September 4, 2021

Higher Education, the Arts, and Transdisciplinarity: A Systematic Review of theLiterature

Quality of Research Evidence in Education

W. M van Baalen, T. de Groot, L. Noordegraaf-Eelens

Science alone cannot effectively respond to the “wicked problems” that plague our societies. The arts and transdisciplinarity hold great potential for collective learning and doing beyond the confines of traditional disciplinary boundaries.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Transdisciplinarity


Sept 3, 2021

Art of Neuroscience 2021

Art of Neuroscience

Yas Crawford

The winner of the 11th the Art of Neuroscience competition is Yas Crawford, an associate of the Royal Photographic Society & independent artist. 'Cognition IX', Crawford looks at neurological interoception in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E) patients

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Brain


September 2, 2021

Theatre in Paediatrics: Can Participatory Performance Mitigate Educational, Emotional and Social Consequences of Missing Out School During Hospitalisation?

Research in Drama Education

Persephone Sextou

Applied theatre in pediatrics offer genuine opportunities for addressing children’s needs; creating a healing environment;  enhancing their well-being; improving their treatment experience; improving the management of emotions; helping them relax & communicating with the outside world.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Pediatrics


September 1, 2021

The Trouble with STEAM and Why We Use It Anyway

Science Education

S. Mejias et al

The transformative learning potential of STEAM is conceptualized as mutually instrumental, meaning neither the STEM fields nor arts are privileged over the other, but all fields are equally in play with the potential for transforming educational policy and practice.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #STEAM


August 31, 2021

Art and Science Combine to Reveal the Inner Workings of Our DNA

Interalia Magazine

Kate Patterson

It’s no trivial task making complex science accessible & engaging. When creating a biomedical animation, color, movement & narrative capture the interest & attention of an audience not usually interested or engaged in science.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Animation


August 30, 2021

Neuroesthetics: Where Neurology and Art Meet

Exploring Your Mind


NeuroArt combines knowledge & techniques derived from neurology and art. Scientists are aiming to find out what happens in a person’s brain when they contemplate an aesthetic object or a work of art, or when the person creates one themselves.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #NeuroArt


August 29, 2021

The Identity Politics Trap

iai News

Andrew Bowie

The assumption of identity has become rigid & exclusive. Models for such overcoming of rigidification might be sought in the arts where it is by remaining open to new possibilities & to being changed by the experience of art that one can develop less repressive, more fluid relationships to the world & other people that enable us to live with the contradictions inherent in social life.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Identity


August 28, 2021

Social Role Narrative of Disabled Artists and Both Their Work in General and in Relation to Science and Technology


G. Wolbring & F. J. Al-Deen

Given that STEAM includes science, technology, engineering, arts & math, we should consider how arts education engages & portrays disabled people in general & the work of disabled artists in relation to STEM, how STEM education covers disabled people, how the education uses disabled artists & their work to cover STEM.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #STEAM


August 27, 2021

A Space for Collaborative Creativity. How Collective Improvising Shapes ‘a Sense of Belonging’

Frontiers in Psychology

F. Verneert, L. Nijs & T. De Baets

The process of creating meaning through free improvisation leads to strong social outcomes & bonding. Musical encounters can contribute to eudaimonia, motivating people to positively engage in music & experience a ‘sense of belonging’ throughout their joint musical development.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Collaboration


August 26, 2021

Sustainability and Creativity through Mail Art: A Case Study with Young Artists in Universities

Journal of Cleaner Production

A. Sanz-Hernández & I. Covaleda

Art can fuse science, technology & innovation & embody them in social and human contexts to promote transformative actions re: to promote: the relationship between human/ecosystems; critical ecocentric creativity; individual responsibility in the global community; more creative solutions; & construction of sustainability messages integrating cognitive, affective & behavioral dimensions.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Sustainability


August 25, 2021

The Robot is Present: Creative Approaches for Artistic Expression With Robots

Robotics and AI

C. G. Cubero, M. Pekarik, V. Rizzo & E. Jochum

There is growing interest in developing creative applications for robots that provide entertainment, companionship & motivation. Transdisciplinary collaborations between artists & engineers offer insights into how robots foster creativity for human artists & open up new pathways for designing interactive systems.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Robotics


August 23, 2021

Swirling Images of the Cosmos, as Seen From Earth


Hakim Bishara

The majestic haze of a nebula floating & expanding in deep space; a comet blazing over Stonehenge; the sun’s flares as seen by Rover on Mars; & the Milky Way glowing above lavender fields in France. These are some of the mesmerizing images shortlisted for the 2021 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Astronomy


August 22, 2021

The Embodied-Enactive-Interactive Brain: Bridging Neuroscience and Creative Arts Therapies

Health Psychology

Sharon Vaisvaser

The ability of the brain to plastically develop & adapt is well-known. Neuroplastic processes are heavily influenced & broadened by environment, culture & the accumulation of experiences of production & appreciation of the arts.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Brain


August 20, 2021

Emergent Order in Hydrodynamic Spin Lattices


P. J. Sáenz et al

A hydrodynamic system can visualize behaviors reminiscent of electronic spin systems, providing new insight into how particles may operate on the quantum level, demonstrating that some odd behaviors displayed by atomic-sized particles can be recreated with larger particles visible to the human eye.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Physics


August 19, 2021

The Conscience of Color, from Chemistry to Culture

Brain Pickings

Maria Popova

Colors are not possessions; they are the intimate revelations of an energy field-light waves with mathematically precise lengths, interpreted through our 5 senses. Colors challenge language to contain the uncontainable, fluid & nuanced into vessels of concept and category.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Color


August 17, 2021

The Development of Mindful-Based Dance Movement Therapy Intervention for Chronic Pain: A Pilot Study With Chronic Headache Patients

Frontiers in Psychology

I. Majore-Dusele, V. Karkou & I. Millere

Chronic pain affects 20% of the worldwide population impacting one’s physical, emotional & social functioning. Body–mind therapies, such as, Mindful-Based Dance Movement Therapy, can reduce pain intensity & depression associated with chronic pain & improve stress, affect & health outcomes.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Dance


August 16, 2021

Enabling Enduring Evidence-Based Policy for the Southern Ocean Through Cultural Arts Practices

Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

L. Roberts, et al

Communicating stories generated through the scientific method & cultural arts increases accessibility across diverse audiences to disseminate facts & enable people to personally engage in different ways of knowing. Indigenous knowledge & Western science can be complementary including how the Anthropocene is disrupting cultural connections with the environment that ultimately impact everyone.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Anthropocene


August 15, 2021

What Media Arts Can Teach Us About Technology and Its Use

Research Outreach

X. W. Sha

Computer-driven media now activate images, sound & objects at densities greater than human limits of comprehension. Our challenge is how to build & inhabit environments that leverage the power of emerging technologies for shelter, sociality & play.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Technology


August 14, 2021

How Creative Expression Can Benefit Older Adults

Lesley University

Raquel Stephenson

Making art with others counteracts negative impact of isolation & depression, promoting increased self-esteem, motivation, social connection, improved health & well-being. Making art allows community-building to happen quickly and more powerfully.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #MindBody


August 13, 2021

Impact of Civil Society in Policy and Governance: How Art Impacts the Society’s Awareness

Revista Geintec-Gesto Inovacao E Tecnologias

K. Naikade & P. Bansal

Art has for centuries influenced the mind-sets of the public. Artists use their creativity to inspire & raise awareness about issues ranging from world peace, environment, women’s rights & LGBTQ rights. Arts provide a unique platform for social expressions giving voice to people against injustice & political apathy & building a stronger community.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Activism


August 12, 2021

Space for STEAM: New Creativity Challenge in Education

Frontiers of Psychology

Henderika de Vries

By broadening the STEAM education framework by integrating the empirical domain of scientific creativity, the Arts component is no longer “simply added,” but forms an essential part to increase scientific creative cognition and innovative thinking.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #STEAM


August 11, 2021

Robot Art, in the Eye of the Beholder?: Personalized Metaphors Facilitate Communication of Emotions and Creativity

Frontiers in Robotics and AI

Martin Cooney

Socially assistive robots are being designed to support people’s well-being in contexts human therapists are scarce. Social robots will become accepted into various human environments when they become capable of interacting in useful ways, including within challenging applications involving emotions and creativity, like art-making.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Innovation


August 10, 2021

Don't Shut Up

The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor

Leigh W. Jerome

Pleased to announce my participation in this amazing feminist exhibition. Hope to see you all at the opening reception.


Aug 9, 2021

New Media Art as a Vehicle for Research and Innovation

Science Open

Terry Trickett

With New Media, Art & Science become creatively harnessed together to the point of being virtually synonymous. In addition to scientific & technological skills, creativity is a critical skills needed for innovation.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Innovation


August 8, 2021

Students’ Empathy for the Environment through Eco-Art Place-Based Education: A Review


A. Sunassee, C. Bokhoree & A. Patrizio

Eco-art education impacts students in a variety of areas, including their awareness, behavior, attitude, and action  Environmental education helps to create synergistic research spaces that encourage participation, collaboration and coproduction among diverse stakeholders.
#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Eco


August 7, 2021