[PAST EVENT] PhysicsFest2020: Make Physics Art with us!

October 24, 2020
2pm - 4pm
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  • Open to the public
Physicists view on a simple glass

Explore the artistic side of physics with us!

At 2pm take a brief Quantum Art lesson with physics students on "How to draw a Schrodinger cat". The result may be good or bad, but it surely will be a lot of fun.

At 2.45pm Physics Alumna Prof. Stephanie Bailey (Chapman University) will talk about the intimate connection between Arts and Physics. For those of us who are neither physicists nor artists, it’s easy to think that there is no Venn-diagram overlap between physics and art. But the work of Professor Stephanie Bailey aims to remind us that there are ways to build bridges between the two. To quote Dannie Dinh, the Special Assistant to the director of International Research Institute for Climate and Society, "Visual art has the power to spark conversations, to envision ideas and concepts, to make the intangible tangible, to inject the issues into our mainstream culture. The science community is trained to find answers and solutions in numbers and figures, but it also faces the challenging task of communicating and relaying scientific findings to policy makers, stakeholders, voters and other nonscientific communities who can pursue policies and actions based on the information." Professor Bailey will discuss the importance of integrating art into the science curriculum and share her recent work, including a) a recently published book to make introductory physics more accessible and to increase interest in the subject by incorporating art-based teaching at the undergraduate level, b) a service-learning project in which students were tasked with designing and building musical instruments to donate to a K-6 school in Southern Leyte, Philippines, c) a collaboration between local artists and physics graduate students to inspire exciting art based on scientific ideas that resulted in a month-long gallery exhibit, d) a project in which students were challenged to turn a room into a camera obscura, e) a project in which students carved vegetables into playable musical instruments, and f) an art installation that highlights the ubiquity of motors.

This event is a part of the virtual 2020 PhysicsFest.


Irina Novikova [[w|ixnovi]]