Nexus of Art and Science LEA Magazine Article

LEA Volume 17 Issue 1
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Reference: Christina Aicardi, “Nexus of Art and Science: The Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics at University of Sussex,” ed. Lanfranco Aceti, Leonardo Electronic Almanac (Mish Mash) 17, no. 1 (2011): 56-81.

Nexus of Art and Science: The Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics at University of Sussex
by Christine Aicardi
Article DOI: 10.5900/SU_9781906897116_2011.17(1)_56

The author explores the relationships between science and art that have developed at the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics (CCNR) of the University of Sussex, which harbours an internationally renowned, leading research group in Artificial Life, Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Robotics. The aim is to establish whether and how interdisciplinary art-science practices at CCNR may lead to novel forms of knowledge production. Using fieldwork material as well as bibliographic and web resources, it showcases a number of initiatives and realizations. It also examines how individual researchers may understand, conceptualize, and justify, their experience and practice at the art-science junction in Artificial Life. This paper derives from the author’s PhD research project, of which a main focus has been to investigate interdisciplinary practices in the field of Artificial Life, which cross over the ‘two cultures’ divide. Artificial Life art is a predominant case of such interdisciplinarity crossover in the ield of Artiicial Life in general, and in the Sussex research group in particular.

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