Sally Machlis and Roger Rowley, Co-Principal Investigators
Scientists seek to understand complex problems facing humankind including public health, the environment, and natural and manmade disasters. It is often difficult to explain the vastness of their research or the problems they seek to answer to the general public. What does a virus or bacteria look like as it travels through the air or body? What will our world look like in 20 or 50 years?
“ …Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed…because people are changed by art––enriched, ennobled, encouraged––they then act in a way that may affect the course of events…by the way they vote, they behave, the way they think.”
Global issues can be so complicated and frightening that much of the population would rather ignore the science, facts, maps, graphs and charts. A multi-channel interdisciplinary approach to information will be crucial to effecting systemic cultural changes. The humanities help us understand what it means to be human. They connect us to our emotions and psychological states that are the drivers of change. While scientists seek to convey knowledge through research and data, artists seek to evolve culture through their unique vision.
The Visualizing Science Project brings together teams of outstanding University of Idaho artists, designers and scientists to create visual interpretations of scientific issues important to the state, region and world. The interdisciplinary project will create relationships between scholars who don’t traditionally collaborate to build foundations for continued growth and future projects suitable for grant funding.
From climate change to fire science, UI scientists are on the cutting edge of scientific discovery. Likewise, UI artists and designers are exhibiting their work in a wide variety of media on the international stage.
Sally Machlis and Roger Rowley
The Visualizing Science exhibit will debut at the Prichard Art Gallery in February, followed by a state-wide tour.