Relationships between Art, Science and Epistemology: The Earth as a Laboratory and the “Intruder Artist”

Paz Tornero
  • Leonardo, April 2018, The MIT Press
  • DOI: 10.1162/leon_a_01538

Synergy of Art and Science

What is it about?

An ArtScience project developed in a microbiology laboratory about environmental bacteria and air pollutants

Why is it important?

I started working having the support of the Institute of Microbiology in Ecuador, which had invited me on several occasions to participate in conferences to show my researches. I was permitted to attend microbiology, botanic and biology classes as an auditor, which allowed me to meet with different researchers and also exchange views. I was also able to investigate at the Institute of Microbiology as a visiting researcher. In this lab they taught me the scientific method in the fields of clinical microbiology and food microbiology.


Paz Tornero Lorenzo (Author)
Universidad de Granada

As a researcher, my projects require of an intense collaboration with other scientists and the close relationships I developed with many of them allowed me to create a new subject, which was taught for the first time in Ecuador. The subject was called “Transdisciplinary Research Lab”. This new course, which was 18 weeks long and was carried out during the second semester of the 2015-2016 academic year, was available to all students, regardless of their level or career. Setting up new “hybrid” labs for experimentation, that work as a venue for two “opposite” fields like arts and science, enables the creation of bolder, contemporary, innovative and creative proposals which would better connected to the social demands of the XXI century.

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