It is no secret that technology has evolved in leaps and bounds in recent years, and the divide between art and science no longer seems to exist anymore.
Here are 3 artists and their works that show how science and art can complement each other.
1. Cyborg Man - Neil Harbisson
Neil Harbisson is a contemporary artist and a cyborg. Yes, he is officially recognized as a cyborg by the government. Why? Well he is the first person in the world with an antenna implanted in his skull. This antenna allows the color-blind artist to be able to experience colors simply by sound.
Basically, the antenna allows him to hear the light frequencies of the spectrum, including infrareds and ultra violets which are not seen in regular light. He memorises the sound each color makes, which have different microtones and different volume levels depending on colour saturation levels.
Some of his famous pieces including creating sound portraits by listening to the colors of a person’s face. To do so, he stands in front of the person and points his antenna at different parts of the face, after which he then writes down the different notes heard to create a sound file.
You can skip to the 7th minute of this video to see if you can correctly guess the person who made the speech just by looking at sound portraits Neil created. If you have the time, do view the entire TED video as it is both inspiring and interesting. To learn more about him or his works, check out Neil's website here.
Science has progressed to a stage where it gives people with disabilites to overcome them and live an equally amazing life, and color-blindness isn’t stopping Neil from fulfilling his passion of being an amazing artist.
2. Hendrik Gheerardyn
An artist on The Commissioned, as well as a natural science illustrator, Hendrik Gheerardyn combines his background in scientific research with excellent drawing skills to produce accurate and lifelike paintings and illustrations. As a zoologist, he mainly paints animals, but also has a strong interest in botanical, maritime archaeological and general science subjects. His work is characterized by scientific accuracy and fine details, as seen in his piece above "The Peregrine falcon." If you want to get scientific drawings done, check out Hendrik's other pieces.
3. Julian Faylona
Julian Faylona is a digital artist and graphic designer, also featured on our site. He found interest in digital art and design later in his career, which started as a hobby before he embarked on a professional journey. His work consists of digital artworks ranging from concepts to illustrations, as well as graphic designs.
His piece titled "Constantine's Vision" is an interesting piece that evokes insight into what the future might hold if science continues to progress the way it has.
It is encouraging to witness how science and art can co-exist and complement each other. Do stay tuned for Part 2 of How Art & Science collide.