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The art in science; the science in art

The Art in Science—The Science in Art forum

Professor Tom Albright (third from left) and fellow panel experts discuss creativity and science at The Art in Science—The Science in Art forum. Photos by Kevin Berne.

A discussion at the intersection of technology and creativity took place at the Mandell Weiss Forum on November 11, when the public was invited to take part in a conversation with scientists and theater artists at "The Art in Science—The Science in Art." In partnership with the Salk Institute, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla Playhouse hosted the free forum, in conjunction with their world premiere musical Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. The production had incorporated consultations with biotech and medical experts to help craft a tale about a woman in a love triangle facing a life-threatening illness.


Salk scientist Tom Albright, professor and director of the Vision Center Laboratory, participated as one of the experts on the panel. Albright is a leader in research into the mechanics of visual information processing, studying how the brain perceives motion, form and color and how this contributes to knowledge, behavior and consciousness.

"There's an obvious relationship between understanding the visual system and the appreciation and creation of art," he said.

In particular, the audience and authorities on science and art discussed whether a theatrical experience can broaden the mind, just as new methods in research and medicine work to change the thought process, expand frontiers and alter what is considered possible.