Catalyst Conversations

Suffolk University Gallery Director Deborah Davidson will be presenting one of her independent  projects, Catalyst Conversations, Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Catalyst Conversations brings artists and scientists together in dialog. Deborah plans to continue her curatorial explorations of the dynamic relationship between art and science with future programming at the Suffolk University Gallery.

Catalyst Conversations @ Broad Institute
in partnership with the Four Sculptors series at
the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Monadnock Room

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
6-7 pm
Reception to follow
In different ways, Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Bang Wong both transcend the traditional division between science and art. Each uses data as a starting point and then employs tools and techniques from both the science and art realms in order to visualize that data. One place where they diverge is in the outcomes of their work. For Bang Wong, the outcome is essentially scientific: the results seek to explicate patterns and understand relationships in the data in order to make sense of complex systems. In the case of Heather Dewy-Hagborg’s Stranger Visions project, the result is essentially artistic: she uses a visual art piece to provoke thought and conversations about the role that DNA plays in our public interactions by creating an object. For Dewey-Hagborg and Wong, the boundary between science and art is fluid; and each is central to our understanding of the world.

You are also invited to a companion program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts as part of the Four Sculptors series on Tuesday, October 1 at 12:30pm.