The exciting element of the Broad Vision project is that it allows artists and scientists to have a truly organic and original collaboration. The word cross-disciplinary is often banded around but never truly creates collaboration. The richness of the project stems from the continual conversation from start to finish, and from hearing the accounts of participating students this has not only been inspiring and dynamic, it has been practice changing. This has not been a platform for either scientists or artist to realise they need help with an element of work. It has allowed the students to work as a team bringing together different cultures and methodologies.
One scientist told us of his lab book, a document that notes down the date, time, experiment, concentrations, timings etc. After being influenced from his artistic partner to document processes not just literally, he has now started to add his feelings and thoughts into this journal. This has helped him to understand what it is that he liked about a process, how confident he felt, the way in which the material made him feel. On reflection of his laboratory work he has been able to understand what elements he has passion for and what research he would like to continue.
The artists have found the new environments, tools and materials the inspiration a practice winning formula. This is not new to them by any means; artists are only too familiar with the inspiration found from exploring exhibitions and spaces. However, from what was told this allowed the artists to question unfamiliar areas and have questions answered.
The project overall highlighted the benefits of cross collaboration from the birth of a project. Allowing both scientists and artists to get a sense of different working cultures and perspectives. The project outcomes have been rich in content professional growth and opportunities.
The day itself was a great platform to discuss with others who had tried to implement this in their institutions. Many were not successful as there was a lack of student enthusiasm. No ways to get around this were particularly spoken of. The University of Westminster had however; successfully engaged students from start to finish. You can clearly see the benefits for both institute and students. Many are now furthering projects externally and have exhibited in galleries.
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By Jo Keogh
November 26th, 2013 - 12:35pm