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Art + technology in optics educational outreach programs
Author(s): Donn M. Silberman
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Paper Abstract

In the modern era, art and technology have been at opposite ends of the spectrum of human study. Artists tend to be non-technical and technologists tend not to be artistic. While this is a broad generalization, it is rare to find an artist teaching science or an engineer teaching art. However, if we think back several centuries, it was very common for great artists to be at the forefront of technology. The prime example being the great Leonardo Di Vinci. Over the past several years, the optics educational outreach programs of the Optics Institute of Southern California (OISC) have incorporated using art and artists to help teach optics and related science. The original use of this was with material from the General Atomics Education Foundation, Color My World, which has been used in a number of settings. Recently, the OISC has partnered with the UC Irvine Beall Center for Art + Technology to provide Family Day Event presentations that use the themes of current Art + Technology exhibits to help attendees learn and understand more about the fundamental science through the art. The two main concepts here are that artists are using science and technology as the basis for their art, also sometimes making some social statements; and the technologists are using the art to make the science more accessible and interesting to the general pubic. This paper weaves a path from the original OISC uses of art to the recent work at UC Irvine.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 2007
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6668, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization X, 66680G (14 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.732586
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Donn M. Silberman, Optics Institute of Southern California (United States)
Physik Instrumente L.P. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6668:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization X
R. John Koshel; G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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