Neuston. Experiment 1. Exploring the Interface

Neuston is the collective term for the organisms that float on the top of water or live right under the surface, in the interface between water and air. Taking this as a metaphor, the project explores the interface science-art, prompting a dialogue which involves scientific researchers and artistic and literary creators concerned with the sea and with Galicia’s marine scientific environment.

Traditionally, Science and Art followed a parallel route, with common points of interest and profound differences. Both Science and Art are in fact concerned with the aim of developing ideas and producing shapes, with experimentation, and with a search for models of representation which may help describe and understand in detail the complexity of the world around us. The universe, nature, the human mind and body are all subjects for common artistic and scientific exploration. And the same applies to the sea. Taking the Neuston metaphor as a definition of the community of organisms living associated to the surface, in the interface water-air, the project explores the interface between Science and Art and encourages a dialogue between scientific researchers from Vigo’s Marine Research Institute —an institution linked to Spain’s High Council on Scientific Research— and artistic and literary creators in the surrounding natural and scientific marine environment of Galicia. Neuston, originally conceived as a transdisciplinary experience, forges the partnerships of fifteen two-member teams of scientists and artists. Taking as their point of departure a scientific publication, the researcher explains to the artist a very specific aspect of his work, encouraging a dialogue on the basis of which artists will make their own proposals. This exhibition shows the results of such an experiment in the form of a two-page leaflet where the two languages are confronted.


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