Time and Space: Reflection, Visualization, and Symbolism in Art and Science

Dr. Rebecca Lynne Brooks
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Time and space, in all their physical manifestations and philosophical permutations have occupied artists and scientists for centuries, and as interdisciplinary themes can be used to illustrate, through an examination of works of art, the complex synergistic relationship between art and science. Whether through a scientific reflection on its nature, form and limits, or the symbolic visualization through linear and aerial perspective, space has been a central theme and focus of both scientific investigation and artistic expression. Time, conceptually more elusive, seems to trouble and inspire humanity even more, with its dual nature (cyclical and linear) and the primordial desire to circumvent its effects whether through cryonics or pyramid building. Although the precise relationship between art and science, at least in terms of reciprocity, is difficult to determine, it is an investigation worth the effort since from it can come a deeper understanding of the nature of creativity which unites both at the highest levels.

Keywords: Time and Space, Interdisciplinary, Science and Art
Stream: Science, Environment and the Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Rebecca Lynne Brooks

Professor, Visual Art Studies and Art Education, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas

After receiving a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialty in higher education, Dr Brooks taught art in the public schools for 7 years. In 1976 she accepted a position at the University of Texas at Austin as a faculty member in art education and Coordinator of Student Field Experiences in Art. She has been the recipient of two Foxworth Fellowships from the College of Fine Arts and in 1990 received the Texas Art Education Association's Art Educator of the Year Award for Higher Education and in 1991 the National Art Education Association's Art Educator of the Year, Western Division. Dr Brooks is author of 5 textbooks on art and interdisciplinary studies for elementary and middle school students. In addition, she has presented numerous invited papers and workshops throughout the United States. Her research focus continues to be the development and implementation of interdisciplinary curricula. She has taught an interdisciplinary course for the College of Fine Arts called "Art and Ideas: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on the Visual Arts. "

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