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When is Science Art?

While vacationing in Europe, Cognitive Daily blogger Dave Munger stumbled upon a scientific paper that was blown up and posted in the Georges Pompidou Art Gallery (which is known for displaying “modern” art). His question was does hanging a scientific paper up on the wall officially make it art? The original posting is over a year old, but it’s still a valid discussion point, so much so that Munger recently revisited the discussion, although focusing on a second art piece in the same exhibition.

Read Munger’s original post and see the scientific “art” here (as well as read the paper). My favorite quote from this post is “Is this work saying that there’s really no difference between science and art? Or that art has become so technical and abstruse that it might as well be an impenetrable scientific tract?”




Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.