Fall 2014: The Mandorla of Life Sciences and the Arts

ARTDES 398.002

Mandorla of Life Sciences and the Arts

Fall 2014 undergraduate course; lectures open to the public

This series of lectures delivered by local and visiting scholars, artists, and scientists aims 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 the science of life. The invited speakers represent a wide range of subject matter, medium, and purpose that are derived from the crossings of art and life sciences. 

The first few weeks of course invites researchers across the campus to provide a broad theoretical and philosophical context regarding the two fields of study. The main body of the series will be lectures presented by artists and scientists on their work.  This course makes no claim to being comprehensive of a particular field of art or science, and the goal of the lectures is to expose students to the range of artifacts and activities that results from the interdisciplinary dynamics.  

The aim is to leave students 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 through this course will help each student down the road as they dive deeper into their scientific/medical training and develop a specialty for their own research.

Students who register for ARTDES 398.003 will receive a letter grade instead of pass/fail, and will be participating in discussion and hands-on creative processes in addition to attending the weekly lectures. Email instructor Lia Min with a brief background of your art and/or lab experience.

Instructor Lia Min is a post-doc fellow jointly sponsored by the Life Sciences Institute and the Penny Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan.

Fridays 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the  Art & Architecture Building,

Art & Architecture Building Rm 2147

2000 Bonisteel Blvd. Ann Arbor, MI


More info: liahong [at] umich.edu ()