Boundary Expeditions: Strategies for Creative Research at the Interface of Art and Life Science

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dc.contributor.author Harp, Gabriel
dc.date.accessioned 2007-08-13T17:44:26Z
dc.date.available 2007-08-13T17:44:26Z
dc.date.issued 2007-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/55449
dc.description.abstract Using a set of heuristics to suggest new possibilities and modes of action, my goal is to facilitate synthesis among the disciplines of art, design, and biology. I employ a systems approach to art, which seeks to integrate the development of better decision making with creative arts behaviors. I import the concepts of relational aesthetics, boundary objects, and network entrepreneurship from different disciplines as ideas of value, form, and behavioral strategy, respectively. These serve as first approximations for the ideation and implementation of creative work in conjunction with life science research. These design strategies take into account differences among the disciplines and draw from previous work in interdisciplinary pedagogy, cybernetics, organizational strategy, art history, and social semiotics. This work is intended to aid in the formation of educational and organizational objectives and positive solutions at the interfaces of art, design, and life science. After describing and discussing these design strategies, I narrate my experiences with four projects concerned with the integration of multiple disciplines and epistemological traditions (Organelle View, Engaging Evolution, Genomic Cinema, and Sui Generis). These projects formed the basis for my thinking about the aforementioned design strategies and their potential usefulness as heuristics for teaching and learning. I do not provide an analytical reading of my creative work's adherence to these heuristics. Instead, my narrative account is intended as an historical record of the social and methodological factors that influenced the work. I conclude with an exploratory model for the maintenance of art behaviors in dynamic evolutionary contexts. en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Art en_US
dc.subject Design en_US
dc.subject Interdisciplinary en_US
dc.subject Life Science en_US
dc.subject Cybernetics en_US
dc.subject Relational Aesthetics en_US
dc.subject Boundary Objects en_US
dc.subject Network Entrepreneurship en_US
dc.title Boundary Expeditions: Strategies for Creative Research at the Interface of Art and Life Science en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreename Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Art and Design
dc.subject.hlbtoplevel Arts
dc.contributor.affiliationum Art and Design, School of (A&D) en_US
dc.contributor.affiliationumcampus Ann Arbor en_US
dc.description.bitstreamurl http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/55449/1/gharp_mfaThesis.pdf en_US
dc.owningcollname Art and Design, Penny W. Stamps School of (A&D)
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