Week 5: Bringing It All Together/Jasmine Huynh

Upon first starting this class, I did not know what to expect. I honestly thought that it would be an art class where we would possibly have to analyze the different techniques of various artists, or that we would have to be construcuting digital imaging projects in Photoshop. Instead, we would be discussing the links between various mediums: art, science and technology.

Over the last four weeks, we have been exposed to many different topics. These topics are like a paradox: seemingly unrelated, but at the same time, very related. The first week we discussed the different cultures of art and science. The most memorable article from that week was C.P. Snow’s argument that these cultures have a mutual dislike due to a mutual lack of understanding. In reality, neither group could exist on their own. This was demonstrated over the next three weeks. For example, we talked about the fourth dimension during week two. It is really hard to distinguish whether the fourth dimension belongs to art or science. How can such a distinction be made? Examples of work from the fourth dimension show a fusion of both math and science, so maybe no distinction can be made at all. This concept was taken a step further during weeks three and four. During these two weeks, the topic of technology came into the mix. Advancements in technology depend on science. However, some of these technological advancements depend on art as well. For example, Apple Computers are innovative for both their great technology (fast processer speed, etc.) and their sleek and thin appeareance. I think the best way to summarize the last four weeks of class is that we were first presented with the idea that art and science were completely separate entities capable of forming their own cultures, but projects and lectures over the following three week dispelled this idea. Art and science can, in fact, be combined into one culture.

The project I have proposed relates to what we have covered over the last few week for several reasons. I proposed to create a cruise line that would visit areas in the most danger due to global warming. This cruiseline would involve a very new and innovative type of cruise ship. The cruise ship will not be a humoungous, polluting ship that we are accustomed to seeing roam the seas. Instead, the cruise line will use ships that are more sleek and aesthetically pleasing, as well as fuel efficient. The interior of the ship I have designed will not only be beautiful, but it will be extremely functional in raising awareness about global warming. The science part of my project involves special detectors located on the outside of the ship, and environmental simulators located on the inside. Very skilled engineers will be required to participate in the production of this project. The detectors on the outside of the ship will tell the exact location of the ship, and link it back to a global warming information database. This will then travel to a control center inside the ship to activate the indoor simulators. The walls of the ship will be large television screens that span the length of the walls. These screens will require an artistic flair in order to attract passengers inside the ship. Also, because there will be many rampant wires, the artists will need to devise a way to either conceal those wires, or to turn them into artwork themselves. Clearly, there will need to be a smooth connection between art and science in order for this cruise ship to run smoothly and effectively deliver its message. This comes full circle to the ideas presented in our Desma 9 class.

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