71th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics (November 18, 2018 — November 20, 2018)

V0046: "I feel the rain of another planet" - an art & science research project at the Fluid Dynamics for Sustainability and Environment summer school

  • Jean-Marc Chomaz, ladHyX, CNRS-Ecole polytechnique, Palaiseau, France
  • Stuart Bruce Dalziel, DAMTP, University of Cambridge, Cambridge United Kingdom
  • Timothy Hyde, Department of Art and Art History, University of California, Davis, USA
  • Jiayi Young, Department of Design, University of California, Davis, USA
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1103/APS.DFD.2018.GFM.V0046

Part of the intention of the project was to "disrupt” or “intervene” with scientific thinking and experimentation by introducing artistic methods generally foreign in scientific settings. The project uses a designed artistic apparatus within which an exquisite corpse project involving the scientific Synthetic Schlieren experiment was carried out, where the participants used found objects from the laboratory and explored image making and storytelling that incorporated the concept of "microclimate of one" and responded to heat in relationship to minimum human impact.

Exquisite corpse is a collective writing or drawing protocol used by the Surrealists to produce fortuitous collisions of meaning. The video documents a game of  such a procedure, where eight groups of three students generated experimentation and created narratives by following a set of instructions left from the previous group.

In this project, which took place during the two weeks of the Fluid dynamics for sustainability and environment summer school in Cambridge, UK, art and science implicated each other to prompt a shared inquiry of culture and future.


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