Can Art Advance Science? A Hypothetical SEAD Experiment
Contributed by Morgan Fritz on 25 Mar 2014
Can SEAD collaborations contribute to the production of scientific knowledge? In this paper, we describe how such ends could hypothetically be achieved through experiencing the Krebs cycle as a multi-sensory spectacle, henceforth referred to as the Dance of Life. We propose the Dance of Life as a transdisciplinary experiment in the form of a machine-mediated embodied learning experience which will generate a high order integration of basic scientific information through the rhythmic visual and sonic intensification of memory. The critical test of this proposed experiment’s value is whether this learning experience might advance biochemistry? Thus beyond the Dance of Life’s intended function as an innovative pedagogical device, the experience must in the end prove useful in furthering scientific knowledge. If not, it will have failed to have achieved its transdisciplinary purpose and to have met the challenge of whether the arts can demonstrably contribute to the advancement of science.