Bridging Art and Science in Museum Contexts: Histories, Models, Challenges
This project aims to examine the role played by art research and practices in science museum environments. Science museums, science centres and natural history museums are primary avenues to engage the lay public with science and are the major non-formal settings for science education. Arts research and practice contribute to charting the broader cultural, societal and historical impact of science promoting new ways of understanding collections, exhibitions and audiences. The spectrum of art projects and interventions ranges from the promotion of a broader understanding of societal views about science to provoking debates around controversies (for example stem cells, environmental issues, etc.) that do not neatly fall within the remit of art or science. Yet, the role of art in these science museum environments has not been systematically conceptualised. What are the histories, challenges, existing and future possible models for engaging the wider public with science through the arts within science museums? Drawing upon visual and material culture, science and technology studies and/or public engagement with science in museum settings, project proposals may focus on different orientations that enable an informed approach to the role of art in science museums settings. Examples of these orientations are the following:
1_A comparative study across different types of museum institutions (science museums, science galleries, natural history museums) with the aim of studying their specific approaches to engage the lay public with science through the arts;
2_Art-science projects/exhibits/collaborations within museum settings as venues for both artists and scientists to experiment with hybrid methodologies and epistemologies;
3_Art as a methodological tool within museum educational programmes;
4_The art-science exhibition as a multi-sensorial exercise designed to promote new forms of science communication and scholarship in the field of art-science.
This project is funded by a University of Aberdeen Elphinstone Scholarship. An Elphinstone Scholarship covers the cost of tuition fees, whether Home, EU or Overseas.
Selection will be made on the basis of academic merit. For more information, please contact Dr. Casini ([Email Address Removed]). Proposals should be no more than 2,000 words, and include a discussion of Aims and Objectives, Research Questions, Research Context, Methodology and Critical Approach.