Week 5/ Midterm Blog/ Tammy Le

As we learned in the first lecture, despite the popular misconsception that art and science are two different entitites, both areas are interrelated and can be used to give rise to the other.  C.P. Snow’s “The Two Cultures” conveys how the schism between art and science does not necessarily exist, but is a blurred line as they interconnect with eachother. The first week of lecture introduced us to the focus of the class which is to teach students, many of which may label themselves more of an art person or more of a science person, that one person can possess skill and knowledge from both realms.  As we continue to be presented with more examples of how art, science and technology are combined to create artwork, we progressively learn how both trades utilize elements from the other to create one masterpiece that blurs the line society puts between art andd science.  Week two revealed the connection between math and art, emphasizing the importance of a scientific, mathematical element to creating paintings and sculptures.  Although the creative, free flowing imagination of an artist is expressed through their pieces, they must also have a structure and sometimes strategic calculation using math and science, much like Julian Beever does in his pavement drawings.  Beever’s art showcases his skill and knowledge in both drawing and calculations in order to create anaphoric illusions that give observers a 3D view of an impression seen from one particular point.  In order achieve his amazing drawings that confuses observers between reality and a mere chalk drawing, Beever incorporates perception and math in his work, much like many other great artists possess the skill to do.  The lecture on the relationship between the structure and logic of math, perception, and the creative freedom of art flowed into the next week’s emphasis on the Industrial Age, kinetic art, and robotics.  As society began to become more dependent on science and technology to advance into the future, so did artists in order to take art to the next level.  Science gave artists an array of mediums to work with ranging from robotics to new cinematic effects.  As technology began to developed new ways of living, the perceptions of artists also began to evolve and change as they conveyed their views of the future in masterpieces such as “Metropolis.”  Week five’s lecture on the human body and medicine further showcase how technological and scientific advances give rise to art.  As time progresses, new findings in science gives rise to new mediums of art.  In turn, art can be a driving force behind developing new methods of thinking, leading to technological advances in medicine.  Science has allowed the human body to become another canvas for artists.  The past five weeks of class have helped shift my paradigm from seeing art and science as two seperate realms and has helped me recognize the relationship between both and aknowledge how both are used and found in the other, giving rise to great masterpieces.

My project, Facing Your Feelings: A Visual Representation of Emotions Drawn From Facial Expressions incorporates all the subjects we have reviewed in lecture to construct an idea that showcases how art, science, and technology can be joined together into one entity.  My project uses facial recognitin software to create an ambience in a room that reflects the facial expressions scanned by a scanner, creating an encompassing environment driven by the observers emotions.  Math and perception are utlized to create the virtual world projected in the room as well as to develop the software that scans and recognizes a facial expression and correlates it to an emotion.  Kinetic art and robots are displayed through the scanner in the middle of the room as swell as the 4D visuals and sounds that arise with each facial expression.  The human body is a prominent component of my project, as the expressions of the human face is the driving force behind how the room changes and what it displays.  The face, which in itself is a work of art, and the emotions that correlate with its expressions turns observers into the artists as their facial behavior and feelings create the art that surrounds them in the room.

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