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  1. John=
    like two things about the origin of life art display
    1) it opens up the 19c idea of science performances ( Farraday at the Royal Institution)
    2) in the art work as exhibited they actually run new scientific experiments -varying the compositon and conditions-so its functioning both as an artwork and as scientific experiment
    roger

  2. Roger: Yes, I know. I’ve run variants of the Miller-Urey Sparking discharge apparatus in Jeffrey Bada’s laboratory with H. James Cleaves. Bada and Cleaves were both students of Stanley Miller, and I worked in Miller’s laboratory both as a graduate student in the 1960s and as a visitor in the early 2000s. So, it was logical for me to be a tech on the Origin of Life display here in San Diego.

    I’ve also been doing some music theory computer graphics and exhibiting them as digital art as well as collaborating with some visual artists and musicians in a project called “The DNA of Creativity.” Some of my digital graphics are on my FB page.

  3. There seems to be an abundance of Scientists involved in the arts relative to artists who work successfully as autodidacts in the areas of science and engineering. I enjoyed seeing Jonathan Kingdon mentioned in this video.
    Thanks for Sharing it 🙂
    Kaz

  4. Kazmier- you make an interesting point- but in fact i suspect the situation is more symmetrical- certainly in engineering research- there are a large number of patents filed by artists for instance- there are also now good examples of artists helping making scientific discoveries- such as the work of sound artist david dunne and his work in accoustic ecology or artist Brandon Ballangee and his work on frogs