PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 364 - European Physical Society Conference on High Energy Physics (EPS-HEP2019) - Outreach, Education, and Diversity
Art and Physics
N. Godinovic
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This essay about art and physics is the result of myself education in the history fine art, since I wanted to understand by myself why some artworks are masterpiece and other are not. Reading art history books, have noticed that there is an inextricable link between art and science, which will be discussed here. Namely, the spirit of time, (zeitgeist) of certain epoch is defined by the science, while art interprets it, provokes it ans holistically sublimates in the artwork reflecting the narrative of the certain period, but also sometimes rejecting the current narratives and creating the new one. After public lectures to art students and their professors about link between art and physics, which were very well received, I continued to deliberate about it. One of the outcome, is the exhibition of the artworks done by the fine art students in Split, inspired by various physical concepts, which I tried to explain through a set of lectures.
Science and art define the culture of an society, through intention to understand the world around us. Both, art and science develop the ability of abstract thinking, the most powerful tool of knowledge. Creativity is common to both science and art, science teaches us to think in a new way, and art teaches us to observe and perceive the world differently. Art seeks to understand what is that what govern us human and science what is that what govern the natural phenomena.
Intention of this essay is to point out that the knowledge of physics about the nature of space and time and the new scientific paradigm influenced also the artistic expression.
Future will be shaped by new emerging technology advancing rapidly in an unpredictable way and there is jeopardy that deep emotion is replaced by a superficial impression
and deep thinking is reduced to the use of "smart" applications. The science and art are the only guarantee to preserve those values of which our humanity
and uniqueness of human beings are weaved. The purpose of education should not be a mere acquiring of skills needed by labour market, the main purpose of education is learn people how to think and make conclusion which leads to the new knowledge and constant questioning of the current knowledge.
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