There is a beautiful link between the arts and science.  Jim Collins didn't explicitly speak about this but reminded me of it.  Perhaps we often forget that the most important advancements in the arts happen through a rigorous, diligent, empirical, scientific investigation and the most important advancements in the sciences happen through creative, imaginative, artistic moments. 

posted by Zack Winokur.

June 12, 2008 4:24 PM | | Comments (2)


Not a new book but a great book on the connection between art and breakthroughs in science is the book Art and Physics by Leonard Shlain.


I couldn't agree with you more about link between arts and science. It's something I continue to look for more examples of.

One of the main focuses of my Kinetic Interface blog is to explore this connection as it relates to dance and science.

Here are few recent posts related to this intersection:

- Wayne McGregor's Random Dance Explores Cognition and Artificial Intelligence

- Armitage Gone! Dance to Explore "The Elegant Universe" at the Guggenheim: I write preview of this performance that grapples with theoretical physics. The actual performance was a pleasure to see.

- Dance Helps Improve Movement and Balance of People with Parkinson's Disease - I attended the PD dance class at Mark Morris in Brooklyn 2 weeks ago. It was fun dance class that merged ballet, jazz and modern.

If you come across programs at conference that cover links between art and science, please blog about them.

Enjoy the conference!

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About this blog From April 1 through June 9, 2008, weekly entries were posted here by some of the performing arts community's top bloggers. This 10-week intensive series served as a unique forum for digital debate and brainstorming, and both the entries and comments were archived for use at the live NPAC sessions in June. 

Jaime Green - Surplus
Nico Muhly
Kristin Sloan - The Winger
Jason Grote
Jeffrey Kahane
Eva Yaa Asantewaa - InfiniteBody
Greg Sandow
Hilary Hahn
Tim Mangan, Paul Hodgins, Richard Chang - The Arts Blog
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ttendees from across art forms and job functions reported on their conference experiences.

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Sarah Baird - media and public relations executive, Boosey & Hawkes
Joseph Clifford - outreach and education manager, Dartmouth College Hopkins Center for the Arts
Lawrence Edelson - producing artistic director, American Lyric Theater
James Egelhofer - artist manager, IMG Artists
Jaime Green - literary associate, MCC Theatre
James Holt - composer; membership and marketing associate, League of American Orchestras
Michelle Mierz - executive director, LA Contemporary Dance Company
Mark Pemberton - director, Association of British Orchestras
Mister MOJO - star, MOJO & The Bayou Gypsies
Sydney Skybetter - artistic director, Skybetter and Associates
Mark Valdez - national coordinator, The Network of Ensemble Theaters
Amy Vashaw - audience & program development director, Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State
Scott Walters - professor, University of North Carolina at Asheville
Zack Winokur - student, The Juilliard School
Megan Young - artistic services manager, OPERA America

Please note: the views expressed in this blog are those of the independent contributors and participants, not the National Performing Arts Convention or the organizations they represent.

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