Liminal Spaces: Developing Platforms of Discourse for Artists, Scientists, and the Public
Over the past decade there has been a rise in the number of galleries, artworks, and projects that exist within the ArtSci genre. Tied to a growing number of interdisciplinary practices within higher education as well as technological developments, these advancements have facilitated the creation of spaces that give equal agency to both art and science. Hybrid in nature -- neither art museums nor science museums -- these unconventional organizations occupy the liminal space between art and science. The Science Gallery in Dublin, the Wellcome Collection in London, and Le Laboratoire Cambridge in Massachusetts are pivotal organizations contributing to the ArtSci genre. An examination of these spaces will be used to identify elements that are central to the production of ArtSci programming, which uses the generative tension of these seemingly disparate fields to provide a platform for discourse between artists, scientists, and the public. The findings will be used to generate an ideal framework for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Art and Technology program, the recommendations for which will incorporate tools to be adapted and utilized by administrators of similar ArtSci initiatives.