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Scientists analyzing dance analyzing science

Can science-turned-art be turned back into science? 

In 2008 groups of scientists were challenged by the Gonzo Scientist to create short videos explaining their PhD theses…in dance. Some were pretty involved.

The best part? He’s doing it again!

The Gonzo Scientist asks readers to view the final output of the 2009 AAAS/Science Dance Contest and see if they can figure out which dance was based on which scientific research article.

Says John Bohannon, aka the Gonzo Scientist, “If not a single person correctly guesses what science these dances were based upon, it certainly won’t make them artistic failures. The goal of the choreographers was to make art, not study guides. Nonetheless, this is an experiment worth doing. When art jumps out of science, can we retrace its path?”



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.