The essence behind the creation lies in its provocation.
To unhide the secrets of our reality, in which we are put for a tiny little amount of time, external observations and intrinsic motivation are essential. They are most powerful when working together, unlocking new dimensions of our perception. I have found myself in most curious discussions with people who value science but know life is still full of mysteries transcending it.
To engage people in science through art and design
is the recipe for the fertile grounds from which new ideas arise. Why?
With furthering our knowledge and deepening the understanding of phenomena around us, every new discovery requires more disciplines working together with a common purpose: to move things forward, to be in a never-ending process of trying to answer the fundamental questions about our existence.
There are two levels of such interdisciplinary. On first, more trivial level, interdisciplinary is implemented in a very direct way, meaning that it can be seen as the straightforward transaction between two disciplines, for instance in the example of science and art, the portion of proceeds from the artwork goes to the scientific research:
On a science part, the science research is funded. The newly obtained research from an authentic scientist represents an important rock in today's science mosaic.
On the art part, the creatives can add a compelling sensation of outer space to their artwork to emphasise the message, while exploring interesting materials and portraying their visions of the universe we live in.
In that way, unique artefacts are directly transformed into scientific study.
On the second level of interdisciplinary, the connection between two disciplines is more subtile and noble.
There's a philosophy that art provides a way to experience one's self in relation to the universe and we believe that it's always unique. Each artefact truly embodies the vision of an individual artist. It's an act of expressing feelings, thoughts, and observations. With it capturing the greatness of cosmos along with accentuating the beauty of its matter. Along with art, always provoking our thoughts, there is science, always provoking their validation. By researching the vast outer space and its celestial bodies we gain substantial knowledge of our own planet and its role in the universe. The stones aren't only pleasing in appearance but also hold tremendous scientific value.
New scientific discoveries have a great influence on how we see the world. They are a new springboard for our imagination. However, always evolving scientific knowledge at each discovery provides only a fragile knowledge basis. Hence the artist has very reasonable, almost rational grounds to question it. Science keeps provoking art and art provokes science back. Our perception of the world is a subject of constant evaluation. Where the two creative fields of science and art, something that our mind creates not using a scientific method, coincide, the paradigm of how we see the world changes. As soon as a new paradigm is accepted, fortunately, a new provoking process begins and it is only a matter of time for a paradigm to be exchanged for a new one.
Herewith we are also trying to show, that science in no way destroys the beauty of the many phenomena, although it puts their mysticism on rational grounds. Because beauty hides somewhere else. Knowing that the Sun was born in a molecular cloud, does not make it any less beautiful. The opposite. It makes its beauty stronger. It has moved the mysticism of the Sun one step closer to the “Truth”. The beauty hides in a Sun being able to provoke our minds, now eager to find out the Truth. Thanks to the Sun we are now one unit closer. In the abstract process of thinking itself, we are there.
Let us give the thought a mathematical form:
Let's assume a metaphysical plane has the degree k or infinity, with k being a natural number, and the plane of our understanding at a certain time the degree n, with n<k.
With sequence s representing steps in a scientific progress and sequence p representing provocateurs, x^n standing for a plane of a degree n, then a scientific progress can be written as the following sequence:
(s_0)^1 →. (p_1) → (s_1)^2 →. (p_2) → (s_2)^3 →… → (s_(n-1))^n →. (p_n) → (s_n)^n+1 →… →. (p_(k-1)) →(s_(k-1))^k
Each step lifts us to a plane one degree higher (deeper), with works inside creative fields such as science and art being the provocateurs p_n for the steps. During each step, when we are provoked, we are positioned outside any of the planes, in the potential of obtaining independent knowledge for the currently perceived truth.
*It is to be considered, that the duration between steps s_n-1 and s_n should for every n not be time-dependent (it may last any unit of time), since timespan represents a contact between the provocation and the reality and would therewith destroy the purity of abstractness of our thoughts, giving us back to the plane s_n-1.*
*This last thought is based on a thought from Joseph Weizenbaum in his book “Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation” when defining the Game of Chess as an abstract game.
The provocateurs are almost all the works of nature and some works of humans (works of humans being works inside science, art or any other creative discipline). An example of a provocateur of the work of a human is Wittgenstein's Tractatus. Even he himself couldn't resist provocation from his own work, although all the answers were meant to be answered. Very fortunate! The world would have been deprived of Philosophical Investigations. It is easy for nature to provoke our minds, to think of many “whys” and “hows” of its phenomena. But there exist proofs such as Wittgenstein's book or architectural objects such as Domino, that also works of humans can provoke our minds, and so should the rest of our creations. Provocation evokes profound thoughts in a human being.
In order for a discipline to exist, it needs to provoke. It must stimulate a wish inside us to want to know the Truth. Provocation enables us to be in two states at the same time; in reality and in its contradiction. This is what brings us into the Real.
This is the mission behind our creations that are engaging people in science through art:
To gain truly new understanding.
Writing: Ana Skerjanc