Following talks from practicing artists and scientists, the students identify areas of shared interest and begin to work together on collaborative projects. The process is based on a mutual exchange of knowledge and skills. It is an open-ended process, driven by the student's own interests in potential cross overs between art and science. Discussions direct the process and form the bones of the work exhibited at the end of each year.
Guided by artists and scientists with experience of art science collaborations, the students work on studio/laboratory experiments, through which areas common to both disciplines are unearthed. Works in video, sculpture, installation and painting, allow these questions to emerge anew and form a thought provoking bridge of communication between the two disciplines.
The module takes place in both NCAD, Thomas Street, Dublin 8 and UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4. By working in both venues the students can experience the cultural norms of two different learning institutions and how these norms affect how knowledge is produced.
The module is facilitated by Emer O Boyle, Director of UCD Art in Science, Philip Napier, Head of Fine Art, NCAD and Prof. Lorraine Hanlon, UCD School of Physics.