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Beyond Sight and Motion: The Intersections of Contemporary Technology, Art, and Physics

Human perception is limited; however technology and invention allow us to envision what we otherwise could not see.

Such innovation has been crucial to work many artists and scientists. Join four of UT’s scholars— Emily Bivens, Sarah Cousineau, Nadia Fomin, and John Powers—as they talk about the contemporary intersections of art, science, and technology. Through an open conversation they will discuss the exploration and practices that drive their work and advancement in their fields.

  • Emily Bivens is an Associate Professor of 4D and Time-based Art. She uses objects to forge narratives, encourage interaction, and reveal mysteries through experiential installations and video. She exhibited broadly in venues such as  Skulpturens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver.
  • Sarah Cousineau is an accelerator physicist and Group Leader in the Research Accelerator Division at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She holds a joint faculty appointment at UT where she oversees the graduate program for Accelerator Physics. Her current research interests are centered on development of beam physics concepts and related technologies for future generations of high power accelerators.
  • Nadia Fomin an Associate Professor of Physics and particle physicist.  She leads experiments at several facilities ,including ORNL's Spallation Neutron Source, that aim to uncover the behavior of matter at sub-atomic scales as well as to look for yet-to-be explained phenomena.
  • John Powers is an Associate Professor of Sculpture and 2016 Guggenheim Fellow. His new media and sculptures have been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as  Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The MIT Museum, and The Huntsville Museum of Art. His research explores the unattainable and its connection to the passage of time.

This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Science in Motion, on view at the McClung Museum from September 20, 2019 – January 5, 2020.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 5:30pm

Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, Auditorium
1327 Circle Park, Knoxville, TN 37996

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Shore, Jeremy Robert

Shore, Jeremy Robert left a positive review 9/23/2019

This was a very interesting meeting. I enjoyed hearing how the artists perceived sight and motion versus the physicists' perceptions. I would not say that I absolutely loved it, for this is not my area of primary interest, but the event was good, and so were the people who hosted and served as panelists for it.

Shteynberg, Catherine Roberts

Shteynberg, Catherine Roberts left a positive review 9/23/2019

This was great! Thank you so much to Katy for organizing an awesome roundtable with unique and unexpected perspectives.