Friday, August 18, 2017

Led by: Liz Lerman and Elizabeth Johnson, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
Description:  The last few years have witnessed a renaissance of interest in the longstanding connections that exist between science and art. Join a conversation about the roles that scientists and artists can play in one another‘s work and the potential for innovation that exists in collaboration. Expect a spirited exchange touching on shared process and methods, the nature of discovery, analysis and intuition, and how we prepare the public for the future. Hosting the Tabletop Salon will be Liz Lerman and Elizabeth Johnson of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, whose recent ventures at the intersection of science and art have taken them to labs, classrooms, science museums, medical centers, the contemporary dance stage, the Space Telescope Science Institute, and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.


  • Use of dance and other forms of creative expression in teaching will help lead to differentiated outcomes
  • Critical response: feedback system; 4-step process for getting feedback
  • COMMUNICATING WHILE ENTERTAINING (artful expression of a story)
  • Creative non-fiction and narrative: telling true, wonderful, entertaining stories that tell STORIES AND TEACH (To think, To write, To publish program)
  • DICHOTOMY Problem = we engage in the multiplicity of the world yet we tend to create false dichotomies (PLURALITY OF VIEWS)
  • Great example of how art can be useful: creative act of putting information into a metaphor helps individuals remember that information
  • Art can elicit new perspectives by allowing the information-consumer to see that that already know in a different form, unleashing intellectual creativity and passion
    • Communicating
    • Transcending
    • Spectrum of Possibility: artistic practice adds VALUE; allows the system to become more nimble through its ability to live in multiple worlds
    • Nature of changing the perceptions of ideas
    • Gaining legitimacy: artists don’t get the same automatic legitimacy as scientist possibly because its outcomes are not data driven but rather determined by a mode of thinking and the imagination
    • Tension between the need for both generalists and specialists
  • Spectrum of Possibility: artistic practice adds value by allowing the system to become more nimble through its ability to live in multiple worlds

Moving Forward/Checking Out:

  • Create a non-profit focused on the intersection of art and science
  • Break down the barriers to make art and science more accessible
  • Specialization of art and science
  • Embrace a rewards system matching art and science
  • Determine the obstacles for gaining legitimacy and excellence
  • Create a place to highlight examples of success in the fusion of art and science
  • List all the available resources on this intersection; possibly an interactive website for what’s out there
  • Influence policy decision-making; great deal of data and research illustrating the positive outcomes of art education yet schools still cut art and gym programs
  • Create a map of science, art and religion to help break these false barriers

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