Art, Science and Technology is a 2 unit general education hybrid online course. This introductory course explores how technologies such as artificial intelligence, neuroscience, biotechnology, and nanotechnology are driving new forms of art and science. It broadly surveys scientific and technological innovations inspired by the collaboration between art and science, the idea being that art encompasses contemporary forms of expression that are technologically driven. Students will view lectures online and do weekly blogging related to the topics covered. They will also conceptualize and develop a final project proposal based on a particular art/science topic of interest covered in the course.
The course goal is to inspire students to think outside of the box, explore divergent and convergent thought, and seek out knowledge and inspiration from many different disciplines as well as encourage collaboration with peers. The intent is to show that scientists describe discovery in similar terms as artists at their moments of creative breakthroughs. Fundamentally, both scientists and artists grapple with identical questions of the nature of reality.
The course is open to all disciplines, including non-declared majors, in an online learning environment and students will be introduced to artworks inspired by contemporary scientific research. Every week will be devoted to a particular theme with video viewing, and students will be asked to maintain a blog that incorporates their own ideas in relation to the subject and comment on their peers’ ideas. Additionally students will be provided with a list of places and/or events they should visit as part of the class (2 required, additional for extra credit). The midterm and final projects are based on the weekly lectures and blogs.