2006-07: Art, Science, and Nature

2006-07 STS Lecture Series:  "Art, Science, and Nature"

All talks will take place at the VCU Student Commons (907 Floyd Ave.), Forum Room (1st floor)

Friday, November 17, 2006, 12:00-1:30PM

Tony Robbin
Artist and Author of Shadows of Reality: The fourth Dimension in Relativity, Cubism, and Modern Thought
will present on
our-Dimensional Geometry in Painting: Then and Now." 

Tony Robbin will show how Picasso used drawings from Esprit Jouffret's Traite elenentaire de geometrie a quatre dimenions(1903) in his invention of cubism in 1910. Tony Robbin has had over 25 solo exhibitions of his painting and sculpture since his debut at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1974, and been included in over 100 group exhibitions in over 12 countries. Robbin holds the patent for the application of Quasicrystal geometry to architecture.
For more on Tony Robbin, see his webpage

Friday, January 19, 2007, 12:00-1:30PM
Dr. Ramana M. Pidaparti
VCU Professor of Mechanical Engineering
will present on

"Bridging Cultures for Innovations: Design, Art and Nature."
Dr. Pidaparti has been involved in exploring the role of Art and Nature in engineering design. He will discuss the history, present parallels and differences, and use examples to demonstrate the richness in bridging the cultures of design, art and nature for engineering innovation. Dr. Pidaparti has published over 170 technical papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings in the areas of composites, fracture mechanics, biomechanics, design and computational mechanics.
For more on Dr. Pidaparti, click here.

Friday, February 23, 2007, 12:00-1:30PM
Dr. Lawrence Principe
Drew Professor of the Humanities, Johns Hopkins University
will present on

"Science, Art, and the Natural World: Visions of Alchemy in Seventeenth-Century Society."
Dr. Principe is Professor of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine and Professor of Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. He studies the significance of alchemy during the Scientific Revolution show the impact of alchemical thought and practice in the developing sciences and in early modern society. His current project focuses on the chemical work of Wilhelm Homberg, an early and influential member of the French Academy of Sciences.
For More on Dr. Principe's work, click here


Friday, April 6, 2007, 12:00-1:30PM
Dr. Natalie Jeremijenko
Professor of Visual Art, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University
will present on

"Re-Imagining Animals: On Transforming Our Relationship to Animals."

Dr. Jeremijenko is a new media artist who holds a B.S. in Neuroscience and Biochemistry, a B.F.A. and a Ph.D in electrical engineering.  In this lecture she will speak on several recent projects that investigate the why, how, and where of the human-animal boundary: "Amphibious Architecture," "Feral Robotic Dog Pack," and RICE (NY Rats and Mice) as Model Organisms for industrial contamination.
For more on Dr. Jeremijenko, see her NYU faculty bio and her xDesign Project hub website.  

For questions about this series or any of the talks listed, please contact Wanda Clary at 804.828.1635 or wclary@vcu.edu.