The unification of art and science as a singular technology “Art-Sci” synthesized with digital new media can potentially create deeper learning experiences and broader education potentials. This is a good reason why project development should receive funding where traditionally science grants are favored over art grants in general. Art is the most holistic discipline and should be revered as such. It incorporates science, technological advancement, historical record keeping, anthropology, philosophy, aesthetics, design, engineering, problem solving, creative thinking, collaboration, psychology, self-advocacy, social advocacy, environmental advocacy, political commentary, thought provocation, inspiration, motivation, spiritual connection, physiological effects, development of intuition and instinct as well as benefits for mental health and creating community!
Importantly, experiencing art can create an emotional response and potentially an emotional investment in environmental issues that science alone cannot.
A great example of this synthesis of art, science, technology and environmentalism is the work by the late Nazhia Mestaoui. Her projects ask for audience participation, not only in the immediacy of using the sensor technology in her project to create a visual experience but also by directly connecting their participation to a reforestation project in the real world.
Mestaoui passed away in 2020 during her prime leaving behind a legacy of ingenious work that shows how art and contemporary technology can be used to engage people to have actionable responses in environmental issues. Her works asks the question what more can be achieved in this way?
To see a TedTalk from the artist herself copy and paste the link below