An interdisciplinary collaboration between the School of the Arts and Zuckerman, the Kanzer program gives visual artists time to forge interactions with scientists working on the brain, the senses, perception, learning and memory.
The following are edited from Sze’s account of her year at the Zuckerman Institute.
My host for the Zuckerman Institute residency program was Richard Axel, a professor of pathology and biochemistry and a Nobel laureate. At the beginning of the year, we gave a public talk together moderated by Rui Costa, director and chief executive officer of the Zuckerman Institute, and Carol Becker, dean of the School of the Arts. We discussed science, art and the construction of reality.
Richard has a deep reverence for art. He spoke about how a lab is defined by 1) the beauty and elegance of the experiments, and 2) the intelligence and insight with which the results of the experiments are read. This simple structure has many parallels in a studio.
Image: Sarah Sze, Timekeeper, 2016
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