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.

Emotional Creativity Improves Posttraumatic Growth and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The anxiety, isolation & grief of the COVID-19 pandemic has taken an emotional toll on all of us. Emotional creativity reduces mental health problems caused by grave public health emergencies & promotes coping, self-efficacy & post-traumatic growth.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Creativity


Frontiers in Psychology

H.K. Zhai, et al

January 18, 2022

Addressing Inequity Through Public Health, Community Development, Arts, and Culture: Confluence of Fields and the Opportunity to Reframe, Retool, and Repair

In this time of prolonged crisis & possibility the confluence of community development, arts & public health strengthens, aspiring to greater justice & equity. Moving from simple confluence to transformational work will require imagination, aspiration, innovation & humility.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Community #MLK


Maria Rosario Jackson

January 17, 2022

From STEM to PAVAM: A Unified Arts Strategy for Innovation, Industrial and Regional policy

The potential of the arts & sciences for economic development, social innovation, entrepreneurship & human creativity is significant; enabled by the identification of sources/pathways of value creation from the arts & clear entry points for policy action.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Entrepreneurship


Industry and Higher Education

H. Etzkowitz, L. Maria Kehl & T. Schofield

January 15, 2022

During REM Dreams, the Same Part of Your Brain Slows Down as When You are Improvising

REM sleep is when we have the most intense dreams but the Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex, whose role is to inhibit thought awareness, reduces activity. DLPFC is also less active during improvisation suggesting that if we inhibit ourselves less & reduce the DLPFC activity, we can become more creative.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #REM


Idea to Value

Nick Skillicorn

January 14, 2022

The Boring Art of Zuckerberg’s Metaverse

In the virtual ‘metaverse’ environment Zuckerberg’s asks viewers to “imagine” everything, but delivers a strangled vision of the possible future, so conceptually uninteresting, as to be devoid of ideas. Artists’ offer a politicized version of a science-fiction-inspired future that is allowed to be darker than beige.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Meta


Art Review

Orit Gat

January 13, 2022

The Saliency of Snake Scales and Leopard Rosettes to Infants: Its Relevance to Graphical Patterns Portrayed in Prehistoric Art

Geometrically arranged spots & crosshatched incised lines are often seen in cave art. These patterns are salient to infants during an early brain development for rapid snake recognition. Prehistoric artistic renditions of similar patterns suggest beauty & danger are linked as a motivational system to maintain awareness.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Danger


Frontiers in Psychology

R. G. Coss & E. P. Charles

January 12, 2022

On the Age of Computation in the Epoch of Humankind

To grasp our interconnectedness & develop suitable actions for addressing digital transformation, the Anthropocene demands knowledge & perspectives to open up. Transdisciplinary, integrative research is needed between technology, natural science, the arts/humanities, & political/economic interests.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Anthropocene



C. Rosol , B. Steininger , J. Renn & R. Schlögl

January 11, 2022

Arts Engagement Facilitated by Artists with Individuals with Life-limiting Illness: A Systematic Integrative Review of the Literature

Living with a life-limiting illness significantly impacts ones quality of life. Arts engagement facilitated by artists promotes positive sense of self; well-being & connections with others.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Illness


Palliative Medicine

J. B. Lee, S. McIlfatrick & L. Fitzpatrick

January 10. 2022

The Lack of People of Colour in Science Images Must be Fixed

Systemic racism & science’s diversity deficit extends to images, creating a distorted & exclusionary picture of science’s past & present. Science publishers, media, universities, publishers ect have a responsibility to take steps to diversify imagery.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Diversity




January 9, 2022

Creativity and Cognition in Extreme Environments: The Space Arts as a Case Study

Studying human performance in extreme environments enables comprehension of & planning for activity in future extreme environments, (e.g. off planet colonies & deep space missions). Space art is generated from space based knowledge & stimulates new perspectives on exploration.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Space


Frontiers in Psychology

K. Hays, C. Kubli & R. Malina

January 8, 2022

Biology and architecture: An ongoing Hybridization of Scientific Knowledge and Design Practice by Six Architectural Offices in France

Biomimetic architecture studies nature to draw inspiration for innovative design for sustainability. Biology offers knowledge & inspiration for new design ideas & strategies; optimization of resources and materials; new types of facade systems; and the use of renewable energies.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Biomimetics


Frontiers of Architectural Research

N. Chayaamor-Heil & L. Vitalis

January 7, 2022

Children's Creativity: Nurturing Autonomy, Pride, and More

Kids thrive in relaxed environments with freedom to explore, play & create on their own terms, with sensitivity to strengths/weaknesses. Tackling something creative brings fulfillment, accountability, empowerment, pride & autonomy throughout the lifespan.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Creativity


The Creativity Post

J. Foster

January 6, 2022

COVID-19 Lockdown and Creativity: Exploring the Role of Emotions and Motivation on Creative Activities From the Chinese and German Perspectives

The pandemic has huge impact on our daily habits, relationships & careers, requiring creative solutions to problems re: lockdowns/restrictions. Research shows that currently people with positive moods use creativity to help others; and, negative moods are associated with distraction as a motivation for creativity.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Creativity


Frontiers in Psychology

S. Hofreiter, et al

January 5, 2022

Centering Community-Led Indigenous Gender Sovereignty

Indigenous knowledges have long been excluded from mainstream violence-prevention research, policy & practice
Powerful activities include the Indigenous arts of drumming, singing, storytelling & ceremonial performances critical to the enhancement & documentation of Indigenous languages & worldviews.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Indigenous



S. de Finney, K. Bennett & C. Adams

January 4, 2022

Performing Arts as a Health Resource? An Umbrella Review of the Health Impacts of Music and Dance Participation

Performing arts participation is a health promoting activity, with beneficial effects reported across healthy children, adolescents, adults & older adults. Positive health effects were associated with as little as 30 - 60 mins of performing arts participation, with drumming, expressive & exercise-based modes of dance linked to the broadest health benefits.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Performance



J. M. McCrary , E. Redding & E. Altenmüller

January 3, 2022

The Ganzflicker Experience: High Probability of Seeing Vivid and Complex Pseudo-hallucinations with Imagery but Not Aphantasia

The visual cortex processes visual information, taking snapshots of the world in quick succession; yet we fill in the blanks & see the world as continuous & dynamic. This capacity is a continuum - some visualize as if the object is actually in front of them - some people have a 'blind mind’s eye' & cannot visualize even familiar faces.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Visual



V. T. Königsmarka, J. Bergmann & R. R. Reeder

January 2, 2022

Reflection, Refraction, Resilience: The Transformative Potential of Art

In this pandemic, medicine depends on scientific knowledge for patient care & vaccine development. We all depend on the arts to help navigate our emotions of uncertainty, despair, hope, understanding, loss, & love. As we continue to work through these uncertain times, look to art to understand the delicate balance in our world & to join the eternal dance of science & art.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #NewYears


Canadian Journal of Anesthesia

M. Gaetani, K.-S. Min, C. Proulx & B. Mema

December 31, 2021

How the Expressive Therapies Continuum Informs Intermodal Transfers

Western cultural perspective divides therapeutic creative arts modalities; yet, they are neurologically, physically & imaginatively intertwined. The expressive arts offer the opportunity to reprocess, change internal narratives, discover new understandings & facilitate the expression of what cannot yet be described in words.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #ArtTherapy



Erin M.L. Little

December 30, 2021

The Language of Creativity: Validating Linguistic Analysis to Assess Creative Scientists and Artists

Without creativity, there would be no progress - we would be forever repeating the same patterns. Linguistic analysis reveals that highly creative scientists & artists speak about their work using language that is similar to the language used by creativity scholars to describe the creative person and process.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Linguistics


Frontiers in Psychology

S. T. Ahmed & G. J. Feist

December 29, 2021

How Sleep May Boost Creativity

The twilight time between fully awake & sound asleep appears packed with creative potential & problems-solving power
The fleeting early moments of sleep produce a creative cocktail of alpha brain waves mingled with the delta waves of deeper sleep that we may learn to access to boost creativity on demand.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Sleep


Science Advances

Laura Sanders

December 28, 2021

Reflection, Refraction, Resilience: The Transformative Potential of Art

Engaging in the Arts catalyzes reflection, transformation & resilience. Science & the Arts move in tandem, sharing cross-functional skills that mutually inform each other’s practices & motivation; and, promotes knowledge building, mastering skills, professional transformation & social advocacy.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Relection


Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia

Gaetani, M., Min K., Proulx C. & Mema B.

December 27, 2021

The Art of Peace

The arts has become a central facet of peace-building & transitional justice - to engage with the narrative that dominate post-conflict transitions; to free up space for different voices; and, to offer a new perspective on what constitutes peace & how it can be achieved.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #PeaceBuilding


Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

Henry Redwood

December 24, 2021

The Brain’s ‘Prediction Machine’ Anticipates the Future When Listening to Music

The human brain is constantly one step ahead, matching expectations to what is about to happen. In song, the brain does not wait passively for a song to unfold. When there is ambiguity in a musical phrase, our brains automatically predict how the melody will end.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Psychology


Psychological Science

Hansen, N. C., et al.

December 23, 2021

Picturing Science: Using Art and Imagination to Explore New Worlds

Art can deepen understanding of scientific concepts, spark imagination/creative thinking, broaden our horizons & transform how science is conducted & communicated. Art engages communities & spurs the imagination, resonating with people of all backgrounds.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Collaboration


The Biochemist

B. E. Mierzwa & D. S. Goodsell

December 22, 2021

Being Creative Makes You Happier: The Positive Effect of Creativity on Subjective Well-Being

There is a reciprocal, bidirectional relationship between engaging in creativity & well-being: Well-being promotes creativity & creativity is conducive to well-being including happiness, positive mood, self-efficacy, life satisfaction and positive flow states.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Creativity


International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Tan C.Y., Chuah C.Q., Lee S.T. & Tan C.S.

December 21, 2021

Depression and Creativity During COVID-19: Psychological Resilience as a Mediator and Deliberate Rumination as a Moderator

Depression is a positive predictor of creativity and may promote creativity to some extent. Further, individuals with greater psychological resilience are more creative than those with less psychological resilience, as they effectively use depression as an emotional resource.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Creativity


Educational Psychology

Xu, Y. et al.

December 20, 2021

Mapping Research on the Social Impact of the Arts: What Characterises the Field?

Art’s positive social impact includes: fostering ethicality/moral behavior; influencing structures of power; improved health/wellbeing; community empowerment/identity; skills enhancement, knowledge dissemination & learning.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #SocialImpact


Open Research Europe

S. L. Sol, C. Gustren, G. Nelhans & J. Eklund

December 19, 2021

Understanding the Onset of Hot Streaks Across Artistic, Cultural, and Scientific Careers

Across creative domains, careers are characterized by ‘hot streaks’ or bursts of high-impact works clustered together in close succession. Artists & scientists tend to explore diverse styles or topics before their hot streak, then become focused with a transition from exploration to exploitation tracing the onset of a hot streak.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Creativity



L.Liu et al.

December 18, 2021

VR Health Experience: A Virtual Space for Arts and Psychomotor Therapy

Arts & psychomotor therapies are experiential & creative. With the onset of the pandemic, A VR arts therapy space provides a means of action for online help that can target the challenges of COVID & increase well-being & resilience for those having trouble dealing with emotions.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #ArtTherapy


Health Psychology

S. Haeyen, N. Jans, M. Glas & J. Kolijn

December 17, 2021

Creating Inclusive Performing Arts Practices for Development of Youth with Disabilities: A Critical Ethnographic Study

Exposure to the Performing Arts provides important skills development & social opportunities for disabled youth. It is up to the ‘keepers’ of the Performing Arts – those in administration & management – to realign the Performing Arts in a way that is inclusive.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Ableism


African Journal of Disability

M. le Roux, H. Kathard & T. Lorenzo

December 16, 2021

Opening Up Science for a Sustainable World: An Expansive Normative Structure of Open Science in the Digital Era

‘Open exploration’ is a new holistic research & innovation process for advancing knowledge & solutions to achieve sustainable development with norms of communalism, universalism & between local, national & international collaborative networks - to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all people.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Transdisciplinarity


Science and Public Policy

R. Vicente-Saez, R.Gustafsson & C. Martinez-Fuentes

December 15, 2021

7 Ways Art Improves Your Efficiency & Brings Inner Harmony

Creativity improves your efficiency and keeps work quality at the high level.The arts cultivate problem-solving skills; decreases stress; develops critical thinking skills; nurtures attention; improves performance; builds confidence & brings inner harmony.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Harmony


Wealthy Gorilla

Dan Western

December 14, 2021

Why the Arts and Humanities are Critical to the Future of Tech

The insights of science and engineering are crucial to address our urgent problems; but, we operate within human societies. At a time of fake news & conspiracy theories we need critical thinkers & communicators. The sci/tech & arts domains mutually inform modes of human knowledge. Our issues can be solved only by collaborative insight & research.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Technology


European Sting

Phil Baty

November 13, 2021

The Value of Active Arts Engagement on Health and Well-Being of Older Adults: A Nation-Wide Participatory Study

Active arts engagement affects older adults with an intense sensation of being wholly absorbed in joyful moments, being challenged personally and artistically, and forming deep connections with the people sharing these moments.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Elder


International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Groot, B. et al

December 12, 2021

Transdisciplinarity: Letting Arts and Science Teach Together

In a world fractured by the existential crises of a global pandemic & the precarity of human life, there is a pressing need to develop new ways of knowing & being. Arts & Sciences, purposefully connected as transdisciplinary configurations, bring forth analytical thinking & empathetic thinking able to enrich our lives.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Transdisciplinarity


Curriculum Perspectives

P. Burnard, L. Colucci-Gray & P. Sinha

December 11, 2021

The Cage Case. Arts and Social Neuroscience

Neuroscience & artistic experimentation have similar objectives, problems & methodological practices; and reciprocal, interactive creativity between art & the public: art is generated, the public enjoys it and in a sense become the artists, albeit within their own brain.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Brain


Frontiers in Sociology

A. Alfonso & Jessica C. Molano

December 10, 2021

Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation

The relationships between the arts, entrepreneurship & innovation has created arts entrepreneurship; that is, leveraging opportunities & taking risks in the pursuit of new ideas that ultimately support activities in the cultural & creative industries.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Innovation


Journal of Cultural Economics

Joanna Woronkowicz

December 9, 2021

On the arts and humanities in medical education

Contemporary medicine is often transactional, patriarchal & dismissive of patient’s PoV. Physicians report skyrocketing rates of burnout. Utilizing the Arts& Humanities in medical training can help craft of a new generation of empathic, holistically-oriented providers.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Medicine


Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine

Danielle G. Rabinowitz

December 7, 2021

Artist Turns Historical Photos into Colorfully Whimsical Composites

Imagination is a vital element of knowing. By adding color & fanciful elements to each glass-plate photo, art (and artist Long) creates a whimsical fusion of past & present, opening up the images to whole new realms of possibility.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Imagination


My Modern Met

Jenny Zhang

December 6, 2021

Art, Protest, and Public Space

Public space is a long-standing venue for the activist activities, from demonstrations to the display of guerrilla art. Print medium is ideal for the possibilities public sphere offers to challenge established authority and show work in unconventional spaces distinct from commercial galleries/museums.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Activism


The Met

A. Dunn, C. McPhee & A. Rudnick

December 3, 2021