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Science Cafe: Art in the Laboratory

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November 16, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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What common pursuits do artists and scientists have? What would an artist’s collaboration with a scientist look like? What would happen if an artist shared a lab bench with research scientists?

Fiber artist Gabrielle Duggan and entomologist Adrian Smith asked these questions during the summer of 2017. The art installation “Architectural Intersections; Ants, Art, and Science,” currently on display in the Nature Research Center at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, is a product of their unusual collaboration. The art piece features Smith’s research into the underground architecture of ant societies.

Duggan and Smith will present the intersections of art and science and their insights into how artists and scientists can collaborate. After the Science Cafe, the audience will be welcomed up to the lab to view the art piece and meet the artist and scientist who created it.

About the Speakers

Adrian Smith is head of the Evolutionary Biology & Behavior Research Lab at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and an assistant research professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at NC State. He is a biologist interested in the behavior, evolution and ecology of social insects, with a particular interest in ants.

Gabrielle Duggan is a visiting assistant professor at the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas. She is an artist utilizing the core values of fiber work — the unification of disparate elements through tension and balance — to explore social and interdisciplinary implications.

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November 16, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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