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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.

Activist Art as a Motor of Change? How Emotions Fuel Change

Art is a mirror for society, especially activist art aiming to provoke political disruption. Emotions triggered by art can have a strong effect on people, highlighting the importance of environmental problems for the individual. 

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Activism


Disruptive Environmental Communication

L. K. Sommer, E. Löfström & C. A. Klöckner

November 25, 2022

Gratitude and the Brain: What is Happening?

Gratitude floods the brain with dopamine & serotonin, lights up reward pathways & increases creativity, productivity & higher thinking skills. The more we think positive, grateful thoughts, the healthier & happier we feel.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Gratitude


Brain Balance

Brain Balance

November 23, 2022

Race- and gender-based under-representation of creative contributors: art, fashion, film, and music

Women make up 51% of the U.S. population, and yet are underrepresented in each creative domain: contemporary art (28%), fashion (45%), box office film (27%), and popular music (17%).

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Women


Humanities & Social Sciences Communications

C. M Topaz, et al.

November 22, 2022

Lo-fi and new-age music as a balm for the brain

Lo-fi music & ASMR are often used for focus but music you choose as stimulation or to ease your brain is matter of preference. Playlists don’t make you focus, they improve your experience of the environment you’re in.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #ASMR


The Varsity

Khaleda Khan

November 21, 2022

Collaborative imagination: A methodological approach

Engaging communities most affected by inequality, climate change & other crises requires collaborations that empower people to imagine possible futures to build collective agency. 

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Community



E. Finn & R. Wylie

November 20, 2022

The creative brain: three ways to cultivate your creative thinking

Creativity is not really about building something new out of thin air. It’s about using your past experiences, connecting the dots to visualize the future, and letting your mind wander so you can experience more eureka moments.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Eureka


Ness Labs

Andleeb Asghar

November 19, 2022

Post-Traumatic Growth: Finding Meaning and Creativity in Adversity

A key factor that allows us to turn adversity into advantage is the extent to which we fully explore our thoughts/feelings surrounding the event enabling us to be curious about confusing situations, increasing the likelihood that we will find new meaning in the seemingly incomprehensible.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Curiosity


The Creativity Post

Scott Barry Kaufman

November 18, 2022

Change the medium, change the message: creativity is key to battle misinformation

Science communication is often restricted to dense, jargon-rich academic journals & the impact limited to the scientific community. Art is able to disseminate findings & improve science literacy & accessibility.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Dissemination


Advances in Physiology Education

K. A. Benjamin & S. McLean

November 17, 2022

Beyond Gender: The Future of Being Human

OPEN CALL (Relational Space)

The gender binary currently plots out a trajectory for being human that is restrictive and perpetuates inequality, oppression, violence, dissatisfaction, shame, and gender expectations that do not allow flexibility in individual expression. People are constrained by gender stereotypes and must often disconnect from their authentic selves. For many people the gender ideologies that govern their thoughts, feelings and behaviors remain invisible. What would a future look like where we were simply allowed to show up as we are? How would the human trajectory change with intersectional perspectives? We cannot tackle gun violence without addressing pervasive masculine ideology. We cannot tackle climate change if we don’t understand that 80% of the people displaced from its effects, are women and girls. How can we advance women’s rights when women of color routinely confront racism, poverty and inequality’s other entwined injustices—and have been historically excluded from social movements, including feminism?

Relational Space is now accepting submissions for the juried Art and Science exhibition, Beyond Gender: The Future of Being Human, an exhibition that challenges us to envision a world of equity, inclusivity and emotional connection, where a range of human identities and expression are revered - and, asks, How would society need to evolve to realize this transformation?

The curation is a multi-sensory, immersive and collaborative exhibition. Relational Space welcomes submissions of art works in any media, inclusive of but not limited to: painting, sculpture, photography, video, digital art, sound art, performance, AR, XR and other new media or well-developed ideas for creating the works, in order to realize a deeply compelling event.

Application Instructions
Relational Space brings together diverse artists and scientists to collaboratively envision a future that is inclusive, intersectional and compassionately embraces all identities, in all their forms.

Please read and respond to the full exhibition narrative at:

Please submit through the submission portal on the Relational Space website:

On the Relational Space website, you will also find submission guidelines and our Open Call FAQ including timeline, file parameters etc. In addition to images, you will be prompted to submit an artist’s statement and bio as well as a complete description of your work.

See for all details regarding the process for collaboration and co-curation


Relational Space

Leigh W. Jerome

November 16, 2022

How food fueled language, Part I: human creativity and the coevolution of cooking and language

The controlled use of fire for cooking was an early driver in language development & creativity. Greater caloric intake/diversity contributed to larger hominin brain size, enhancing neuroplasticity, divergent thinking & creativity. 

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Food


Time and Mind

Jake Young

November 15, 2022

Neuroscience is making its way into design—here’s what the experts have to say about it

Neuroaesthics explore how art & design impact physical/emotional well-being. Ergonomics & biomimicry, can promote recovery in a home environment. Incorporating plants &water fixtures are rejuvenating & nature-inspired patterns wield restorative power & promote wellness.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Design


Business of Home

Marina Felix

November 14, 2022

Flow Experiences Across Adulthood: Preliminary Findings on the Continuity Hypothesis

Flow experiences (the psychological state of absorption, concentration & enjoyment) are generally stable across the lifespan - differences in flow experiences are likely to be associated with sociocultural structures more than psychobiological changes in adulthood.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Flow


Journal of Happiness

D. C. K. Tse, J. Nakamura & M. Csikszentmihalyi

November 13, 2022

Art and Rebellion

When art becomes confrontational it achieves an aesthetic revolutionary potential. When it fights for its space/ position it becomes avant-garde. The politics of aesthetics produces its own politics, to re-arrange politics & re-configure art as a political issue or assert itself as true politics.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Politics


Third Text

P. Grafenauer & D. Tepina

November 12, 2022

Science Reveals: How Does Your Brain Be Creative?

Clustering is linked to divergent thinking, i.e., the free generation of ideas. Switching is related to the ability to combine distant associations between concepts. The alternations between exploratory search & focused attention support creativity

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Creativity



M. Ovando-Tellez et al

November 11, 2022

Scientists Use Sound to Attract Baby Oysters Back to the Reef

Speakers placed on restoration reefs are able to lure oyster larvae to that the sounds of a healthy reef ecosystem, increasing the recruitment of oysters a thousandfold though they lack any obvious sound-sensing organ.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Sound


The Scientist

November 10, 2022

The materiality of lines: The kinaesthetics of bodily movement uniting dance and prehistoric cave art

Prehistoric humans, using kinesthetic sense, engaged with materials to substantiate concepts of deer, boats etc. to create cave art. Considering the animate nature of lines & the kinesthetic response they have on the body, contemporary artistic practices can find parallels to ancient rock art. 

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #CaveArt


Frontiers in Communications

Michael O'Connor & Alan Cienki

November 9, 2022

Undetectable very-low frequency sound increases dancing at a live concert

Neuroscientists have found that clubbers move more to very low frequencies, even though they are not consciously detectable, likely being picked up by mechanoreceptors on the skin & in the body, & the vestibular system in the inner ear, which is linked to balance.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Sound



D. J. Cameron et al.

November 8, 2022

Art in the Workplace Improves Employee Well-Being, Study Finds

Research shows that poor office design contributes to dismal evaluations & poor mental health for employees. Enriched offices with cultural events & “interesting & visually striking art” at the workplace, significantly contributes to their well-being.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Work



Rhea Nayyar

November 7, 2022

Mental imagery is central to the cognitive control of emotion generation, reactivity & control and can be used to effectively down- & up-regulate fear conditioned responses (making fear less or more negative, respectfully).

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Fear



S. G. Greening et al.

November 6, 2022

Social benefits and individual costs of creativity in art and science: A statistical analysis based on a theoretical framework

Expanded convergent/divergent thinking produces creative happiness over the lifespan for those both the arts & sciences & all exhibit heroic behavior (ie bearing individual costs to happiness/health to provide benefits for society) tho may also be driven by desire to explore or for immortality.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Thinking



F. Zagonari & E. Giacomoni

November 5, 2022

Killer whale innovation: teaching animals to use their creativity upon request.

Killer whales are dynamic in their thinking & behavior, enabling them to adapt to changing environments, which enhances survival. As the ocean apex predator, orcas display a number of complex cognitive abilities, especially flexible thinking or creativity when it comes to foraging.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Whales


Europe PMC

H. M. Hill et al.

November 4, 2022

Enhance Creativity and Flow with Mindfulness

Creative solutions often occur after an incubation period: getting away from the problem for a bit, to break up repetitive & routine thinking that interferes with finding creative solutions. Mindfulness practices provides incubation periods that help to spur creative thought.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Mindfullness


Contemplative Studies

John M. de Castro

November 3, 2022

Between Fact and Fabrication: How Visual Art Might Nurture Environmental Consciousness

Artworks provide access to empowered, belonging, & empathic attitudes, that nurture “active caring” person state: an agentic, pro-social disposition that correlates with greater environmental action and can facilitate transformative learning.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Empowerment


Frontiers in Psychology

R. Buening, T. Maeda, . Liew, & E.Aramaki

November 2, 2022

People with dyslexia have ‘enhanced abilities’, according to a new study

Dyslexia is a neurological condition caused by the brain being wired a different way & is typically described as a brain/learning disorder; but, people with dyslexia have heightened creativity, curiosity, reasoning & visualization.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Dyslexia


World Economic Forum

Victoria Masterson

November 1, 2022

Expanding Aesthetics

Using technology we begin to understand the multi-sensory experiences of non-human animals & explore how they experience aesthetic pleasure to expand beyond traditional aesthetic dimensions of design.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Animals


Frontiers in Veterinary Science

Fiona French

October 31, 2022

Tear down academic silos: Take an ‘undisciplinary’ approach

The trick to collaboration amongst diverse arts & sciences stakeholders is decentralization, dispersion, undisciplining, with a focus on how to approach problems & finding common ways of interacting.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Collaboration


Cornell University

Blaine Friedlander

October 30, 2022

Embracing Uncertainty: How literary writing helps us change our minds

Creative writing & cognitive neuroscience jointly illuminate how writing can change our minds by enhancing our tolerance for uncertainty. Creative writing promotes dual cognition involving both sensory experience & detachment, is therapeutic, & shares the benefits of mindfulness.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Writing


Frontiers in Psychology

Kim Devereux

October 29, 2022

The Power of the Arts – New Pathways to Well-Being

Incorporating the arts into our daily lives improves overall well-being across age groups. Art provides a method/tools for retraining the brain to let go of habits that are not serving us & cultivate ones that do.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Wellness


U of Wisconsin

Brita Larson

October 28, 2022

Embodied creativity in the fine and performing arts

Dominant (colonial) models of creativity consider it a cognitive mechanism, disregarding/minimizing the body as merely responding to what the brain thinks/perceives, rather than the body as a place of creative generation.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Embodiment


Journal of Creativity

Anna Griffith

October 27, 2022

Creative, yet not unique? Paranormal belief, but not self-rated creative ideation behavior is associated with a higher propensity to perceive unique meanings in randomness

The experience of meaningful coincidences or apophenia, the propensity to perceive meaning in random occurrences, is linked with paranormal beliefs. Creative people are mor

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Apophenia



C. Rominger et al.

October 26, 2022

The LED Lamp metaphor: Knowledge and the creative process in new media art

The creative process in new media art is high in uncertainty. Collaborative learning is key for the non-linear, intertwined explicit & tacit knowledge exchange of skills, ideas & resources. Curiosity & trust facilitate the conditions for knowledge exchanges.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Collaboration



F. A. S. Anzures & L. Marquesa

October 25, 2022

Body and the Senses in Spatial Experience: The Implications of Kinesthetic and Synesthetic Perceptions for Design Thinking

Body awareness, sensory experience & spatial perception are increasingly diversified with mixed reality & motion-sensing tech. Kinesthetic/synesthetic experiences anchored in the lived body enhance the aesthetic sensibility of design thinking re: how people perceive sensory phenomena & mind–body connectivity.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Design


Frontiers in Psychology

J. Kwon & A. Ledema

October 24, 2022

Facilitating Systems Thinking Through Arts-Based STEM Integration

Integrating the arts & sciences in education, enhances systems thinking, expands perceptions of interconnectedness & facilitates critical analysis of how & for whom actions, choices, & policies affect daily life.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Adaptation


Frontiers of Education

R. W. Danielson et al.

October 23, 2022

Alternative Object Use in Adults and Children: Embodied Cognitive Bases of Creativity

Creativity is an indispensable element for individual flexibility & adaptation on 2 levels: psychological, which is the production of individual novelty & historical, which is the production of novelty for the whole culture.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Adaptation


Frontiers of Psychology

A. Gubenko & C. Houssemand

October 22, 2022

Towards a Unified Consideration of Memory and Imagination as Cognitive Constructs

While memory & imagination exist as rhetorically distinct cognitive phenomena, research increasingly converges around a unified architecture that provides a common basis for memory & imagination.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Imagination



Benjamin Midler

October 19, 2022

The two things most likely to lead to creativity at work

The combination of two key factors—support from colleagues at work & compassionate love at home—make for the most successful employees, are valuable to career success & are most likely to lead to increased creativity.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Friendship


We Forum

Cassie Werber

October 18, 2022

Transdisciplinarity: Re-Visioning How Sciences and Arts Together Can Enact Democratizing Creative Educational Experiences

The power of arts & sciences is in “teaching” together; not in an additive way, but with each offering unique ways “to make sense”. Truly transdisciplinary implies entangling subject disciplines, as important activities of creation.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #CoCreate


Review of Research in Education

P. Burnard, et al.

October 15, 2022

Highly creative brains may have more “random” connections

Highly creative people have unique brain connectivity, with more direct, longer-distance connections. They are less efficient but faster & more random, enabling associations to solve problems which other people do not see.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Brain


Idea to Value

T. Henry & N. Skillicorn

October 13, 2022

A review of the physical context of creativity: A three-dimensional framework for investigating the physical context of creativity

Physical space is the context of creativity revolving around 3 questions: (1) What kinds of creative processes does a space enable/hinder? (2) How does it feel to work there? (3) What kinds of collective meanings are attached to it?

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Context


International Journal of Management Reviews

A. J. Blomberg & T.i J. Kallio

October 10, 2022

Exhibiting Inclusion: An Examination of Race, Ethnicity, and Museum Participation

Museums do so much for individuals & community: Ignite curiosity, share artifacts & tell stories; but to remain relevant, they must become more inclusive as facilitators of social change.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #SocialChange


VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations volume

A. Olivares & J. Piatak

October 9, 2022

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