Leonardo
Volume 46, Issue 1
February 2013

112 pages
ISSN 0024-094X
E-ISSN 1530-9282

ArtScience: The Essential Connection

Mobiles, Molecules and the Coalescence of Processes

pp.
30
35
Article PDF (3.55 MB)
Abstract

The author provides an account of his development and experiences as both a visual (mobile) artist and a chemist. He describes the surprising similarities between the planning of the construction of a mobile and the execution of retrosynthetic analysis used to chemically create a particular molecule. The fusion of these two independently initiated mental processes into a common creative act can be referred to as a coalescence of processes. The present article discusses the consequences of this merging for both artistic and scientific practices, as well as its relevance to the artscience concept of idea translation.

Stephen H. Kawai (artist, scientist, teacher), Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Concordia University, 7141 Sherbrooke Street W., Montreal, Quebec, Canada H4B 1R6. E-mail: stephen.kawai@concordia.ca.

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