Mandorla of Life Sciences and the Arts: A Lecture Series

  • September 17, 2014
  • By Michelle Krell Kydd     
Lectures delivered by visiting scholars, artists, and scientists whose work crosses the disciplinary boundary of art and science.


Mandorla of Life Sciences and the Arts: Talks by Art-Scientists is a series of lectures by local and visiting scholars, artists, and scientists whose work crosses disciplinary boundaries. The lectures take place September through December and are curated by Dr. Mia Lin of Project LIAison. Min is engaged in a three-year long post-doctoral fellowship at the Life Sciences Institute (LSI) and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design (A&D) in 2013.

The lecture series is attached to two courses: ARTDES 398.002 and ARTDES 398.003. The goal is to introduce undergraduate students, who are at the beginning of their research and/or medical career, to different approaches taken by people of various disciplines in understanding life sciences. The invited speakers represent a wide range of subject matter, medium, and purpose that are derived from the crossings of the arts and life sciences.

The first few weeks of the course invites researchers across the campus to provide a broad theoretical and philosophical context regarding interactions between their two fields of study. The main body of the series will be lectures presented by artists about their work, with the goal of exposing students to the range of artifacts and activities that results from their interdisciplinary dynamics.

Students will be left with memorable examples that represent methods and approaches radically different from conventional scientific research, which nonetheless examine life forms. The creative processes and alternative outlooks demonstrated will help each student down the road as they dive deeper into their scientific/medical training and develop a specialty of their own research.

Speakers participating in Mandorla of Life Sciences and the Arts: Talks by Art-Scientists include: M.K. Czerwiec, RN, MA (Nebraska Wesleyan University), Anthony J. Kolenic, PhD (University of Michigan), Michelle Krell Kydd (University of Michigan), Lia Min (University of Michigan), PhD, Patricia Olynyk (Washington University in St. Louis), Mark Pomilio MFA (Arizona State University), Robert Root Bernstein, PhD (Michigan State University), Jennifer Robinson, PhD (University of Michigan), Ed Sarath, Professor (University of Michigan), and Joe Trumpey, MFA (University of Michigan).

Project LIAison is designed to bring the sciences and the arts closer together and is in the process of accomplishing the following arts-integrated interdisciplinary milestones:

  1. A series of original artworks that examine the ties between science and art
  2. Publication of the outcome in the form of writing and/or art exhibition
  3. Creation of an undergraduate course that surveys the art-science relationship
  4. Build sustainable interaction between departments across the University of Michigan campus

Syllabus for  Mandorla of Life Sciences and the Arts (ARTDES 398.002 and ARTDES 398.002)

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