Monday, June 6, 2016

Event 3

The Getty Center has an amazing garden, my last visit just was not enough I had to go back to walk through the garden area. It starts up by the main entrance of the museum then goes all the way down in a zig zag formation, ending at a large circular fountain area with a design in the center that is made of rose bushes. This layout has a vanishing point, the circular fountain; the admirer is looking to get to the end to see the beautiful open garden area after walking through the zig zag walkway crossing bridges that are over a water stream, and the many succulents that surround it.

It is amazing that the use of so many different forms of life can form such a beautiful thing to look at. Flowers and plants are manipulated, rooted and planted in a new place, to create an area where people can sit, walk through and admire. The architecture of the whole central garden area made it very appealing as well. Each plant and bend in the walkway is carefully planned so that wherever a person is standing they have an amazing view. So in a way there were many vanishing points created so no matter where someone stands they can admire the central garden. 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Event 2

For my second event I visited the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Here I focused my time on the exhibition they have right now called Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road. It was very interesting to see the different caves and the very intricate paintings and sculptures that were created. They had many exhibits but I had limited time and could not wait for hours in line. The main exhibit I visited included a three dimensional movie showing what the inside of cave 45 looked like. This started with a short movie that showed pictures of what the area looks like, its wildlife (flora and fauna), some cave paintings, and more. These images really helped to paint a picture of what China was like, and helped me to get into the mindset of what I was about to step into.

There were no pictures allowed inside of the 3-D movie so I will have to try my best to explain it to you. This cave’s main feature was a set of sculptures that were of deities with a Buddha in the center.  Each sculpture had such great detail with exquisite paintings on them as well. One deity for example had demons at their feet because this one was supposed to keep the demons away.

On either side of the main sculpture there were many many paintings. These depicted the many situations that those who are presented in the cave can help a person solve. It is amazing how art can help somebody figure out their problems just like the many experiments done in biotechnology and nanotechnology that help to understand life better.

I really enjoyed this exhibit, I think that the 3-D experience really helped me to become more immersed in the cave, like I was actually there.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Week 9: Space and Art

This week I really took interest because I like to learn about the vast galaxy that we live in. I however did not think about how much art is influenced by space. For one is the Griffith Observatory museum, this place is filled with all of the scientific innovations that have made it easier to examine space as well as understand it. There they have the Samuel Oschin Planetarium where they project movies based on space onto a screen that allows one to feel like they are lying down and observing space from outside. I have gone to a few of these and they are magnificent.

The many science exploration fleets have inspired people to make television shows and movie about what it would be like to be from another planet, to travel through space, and also what other possibilities of life are out there (The Jetsons, Star Trek, and Star Wars).There are also artists like Chesley Bonestell who creates prints of images of space, and space rockets. Different perspectives are taken from each work of art. For example there are two pieces that are of Mars, but they are form the point of view of different moons that orbit by that planet. I like this artist because even though the prints are dated, they have a futuristic feel.

The KSEVT has a Cultural Space Programme that expresses the idea “what is it like to be human in space?” ( There have been so many technological advances in space that this program believes that art should be practiced in space so this is exactly what they aim to do. I do find this quite interesting, it would be cool to see someone attempt to paint in zero gravity and see how that affects the end result.  There is a YouTube channel called Thai Space Education that has many videos that have different experiments that are done in space, here is one that shows different affects that happen when trying to draw on a piece of paper placing the paper at different angles: 

Bibliography (Pictures were taken from the websites)

Bonestell, Chesley. Bonestell. Bonestell. Web. 29 May 2016. <>.

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Paritatt. Try Zero-G Asia 2015 : Zero-G Painting (Thailand). YouTube. YouTube, 2015. Web. 30 May 2016.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Week 8: NanoTech and Art

 Nanotechnology has been used to both improve the products that we use every day as well as to create some art. The technological advances in nanotechnology have made it possible to take this realm of science and use it to benefit others, by making it useful in home items and to create something nice to look at. Dr. Gimzewski speaks about the many wonders that come from this field of study in the lecture videos on the course website. The field of nanotechnology as Victoria Vesna and Jim Gimzewski puts it is that it is “concerned with control of matter at the scale of atoms and molecules,” (Gimzewski and Vesna). The different technologies that have been put to use in this field of science show exactly that.

One thing that really struck me was the Scanning Tunneling Microscope; this device can be used to manipulate atoms, which is pretty cool. It “shows three-dimensional images of a sample,” ( which is usually of atoms and their parts. The process of manipulating atoms is called Quantum Corrals; some people have made them into aesthetically pleasing images. However the purpose of this machine is to study the structure of a surface at the level of the atom.  

Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau used nanotechnology to create Nano - Scape which is an invisible sculpture made of invisible nano particles. In this installation the viewers can touch the air where the sculpture would be with magnets in their hands so they they can feel the energy from the atoms that are creating the sculpture. The viewers can feel electric shocks, magnetic forces and the like theta are a result from the nano particles and the magnets. The sculpture also changes based on the hand movements of the viewers participating. (art.base)

"Art in the Age of Nanotechnology." Art.Base. N.p., 11 Mar. 2010. Web. 22 May 2016. <>.
Gimzewski, Jim, and Victoria Vesna. "The Nanomeme Syndrome: Blurring of Fact & Fiction in the Construction of a New Science." N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2016. <>.
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Vesna, Victoria. "Unit 8 View." UC Classes. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2016. <>.
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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Week 7: Neuroscience and Art

The brain can be expressed in many ways though art. Neuroscience has become a field that is not only scientific but artistic as well, and very prevalent in society. As Frazzetto and Anker write about in “Neurocultre,” the scientific information being produces in the labs is being used in so many other places like our “daily lives, social practices, and intellectual discourses” (Frazzetto and Anker 815). I have not thought to deeply about how much we are thinking about how our brain works and how the knowledge is being used in so many fields. Using art to express the findings in the neuroscientific world can help to educate the general public as well. For example one of the videos showcased in this week’s lecture is a song by The Amygdaloids called “Fearing,” which talks about fear, how it is felt, what it is, and what is does to an individual. There are many artists who sing about different feelings, and what those feelings do to them.

There are experiments done based on research done on the brain. For example there is a group involved in something called The Global Consciousness Project, which researches the many states people are in thought the world, trying to find connections between the different states of consciousness. Different thoughts and emotions provide different outputs of energy, which is measured to find different descriptors of what consciousness can be. A thought experiment called Schrödinger’s Cat, tries to measure the state of the object when it is in suspended animation. The observer has to make the call is the object, in this case a cat) is dead or alive when the box with the cat inside is exposed to the observer. There is argument whether this observation is a true measurement of the cat’s state, because the cat, if it survives, thinks he was completely alive the whole time however to the outside observer the animal looked dead. Roger Penrose brings the third culture into this topic, which is a valid observation. He talks about how measuring something in relation to consciousness has to be with something more than just numbers, which would involve not only scientific thought but artistic input as well.

The neuron connection is the brain are expressed through art work as well: 
Sumi-e paining by Dr. Dunn

Todd Carpenter's "ISOTHUJONE"


Brockman, John. "The Third Culture - Chapter 14." The Third Culture - Chapter 14. Simon & Schuster, 1995. Web. 14 May 2016. <>.

Feelings. Perf. The Amygdaloids.

Frazzetto, Giovanni, and Suzanne Anker. "Neuroculture." Nature Reviews Neuroscience Nat Rev Neurosci 10.11 (2009): 815-21. Web.  

"The Global Consciousness Project." Global Consciousness Project: Introduction
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Vankin, Deborah. "Todd Carpenter on Art, Neuroscience and Seeing the Light." Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 28 Aug. 2015. Web. 14 May 2016.

Vesna, Victoria. "Unit 7 Veiw." UC Online. Web. 14 May 2016. 

"Schrödinger's Cat." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Web. 14 May 2016. <ödinger's_cat>.

Woollaston, Victoria. "A Beautiful Mind: Japanese-style Art Inspired by Neuroscience Reveals Grey Matter in Much More Colourful Glory." Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 15 Dec. 2014. Web. 14 May 2016. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Week 6: BioTech and Art

I found this week’s topic of discussion interesting, but I just cannot decide how exactly I feel about it. Using the first of the Ruth West questions, “If life a valid expressive medium,?” I feel like in some instances, in more than not, it is not valid to use life as an expressive form. Using live animals, like a mouse, to experiment on just for the sake of art seems a little morbid, and even so in most scientific research as well. For example, the mouse that was genetically modified to have a human ear growing out of its back does not seem to be morally right. The work shown in the lecture video by Zaretsky is really not appealing, as most art is, at least to me. I do not think that there should be limits on creativity per say, but when it comes to what is moral or not, I believe that should be considered. When it comes to manipulating organisms, primarily humans and animals, there should be different standards and restrictions that artists and scientists have. Living organisms should not be manipulated for the sake of art, if it causes and harm, especially pain, unless the artist is inflicting it upon themselves, (like the case of the man who put and ear on his arm).
On the other hand, Natalie Jeremijenko, uses plants as her form of experimentation on life forms.  Her experiment “One Tree,” uses cloned walnut trees that are planted in pairs in different areas of San Fransisco to see how they react to their environment. This form of life manipulation poses to be morally okay in my opinion; plant life can already be considered art (i.e. landscape design).

Jeremijenko also used plants to transform fire hydrant areas, creating street are with plant life. There are other types of plant modification like genetically modified seeds, as well as weeds that have gotten just out of control because of the environmental effects on the modified plant life.

Jeremijenko, Natalie. "The Art of the Eco-mindshift." Natalie Jeremijenko:, Oct. 2009. Web. 07 May 2016. <>.

"Natalie Jeremijenko." Natalie Jeremijenko. Web. 07 May 2016. <>.

Stutz, Bruce. "Wanted: GM Seeds for Study." Seed Magazine. 1 July 2010. Web. 07 May 2016. <>.

Vesna, Victoria. “Unit 6 View”. UC Online. Web. 07 May 2016. <>.

Yeates, Ed. "'Super Weed' Taking Strong Hold in Utah." 08 June 2009. Web. 07 May 2016. <>.

"Natalie Jeremijenko's Assorted Prescriptions, including OneTrees." PopTech. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 May 2016. <> 

"Natalie Jeremijenko || Wave Hill - New York Public Garden and Cultural Center." Wave Hill Blog. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 May 2016. <>.

Sardar, Zahid, and Lea Suzuki. "Society's Signposts / Natalie Jeremijenko's Trees Aren't Simply Decorative -- They Can Be Read like a Social Register." SFGate. N.p., 23 Oct. 2004. Web. 08 May 2016.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Event 1 - Griffith Observatory

I visited the Griffith Observatory, and noticed a great deal of the two cultures concept present. What stood out to me the most was the exhibit right when you enter the building, Foucault Pendulum. This is a giant swinging pendulum that tells the time. Directly above is a mural of mythological stories that adds to the art that is the pendulum.

The two cultures are seen here clearly: the science aspect is directly visible in that the pendulum is using the Earth’s rotation and gravitational pull that is making the pendulum work. But the art work above the piece as well as the elegant design of the pendulum itself shows the creative art side in the exhibit. The two cultures elegantly come together with the sleek design of the gun metal ball at the end of the pendulum, as it slowly swings responding to the Earth’s movement. C.P. Snow talks about how the two cultures merge to become a third culture and this is essentially what the whole Griffith Observatory museum is an example of. 

I do recommend going to see this exhibit, but the whole museum as well. You will experience the beauty as art that there is in the world through all of the scientific revelations throughout the many years. The premises is a work of art in itself, sitting at the top of the Hollywood Hills, overlooking Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign. This exhibit specifically is an immersion into the third culture, not only the design of the Foucault Pendulum but the breathtaking artwork surrounding the scientific revelation brings together the whole exhibit. 

Works Cited

Angela Soderquist. 2016. Photograph. Los Angeles, California 

"Foucault Pendulum." Griffith Observatory. Web. 01 May 2016. <>.

Snow, C. P. “The Two Cultures and The Scientific Revolution.” New York: Cambridge UP, 1961. Print.

Vesna, Victoria. "Toward a Third Culture: Being In Between." Leonardo 34.2 (2001): 121-25. Web.

 Vesna, Victoria. "Week 1 View." UC Online. Web. 03 May 2016. <>. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Week 4: Medicine + Art

I did not know that medical advances had such an influence on artists and the art that they create. Using body scans like MRI’s and x-ray’s help to show how the human body looks and works, to create art from something that is already seen as an art form, the human body. The modern version of the Hippocratic Oath refers to anything done to the physical body as art, “there is an art to medicine” (Tyson NOVA). This Oath dates back to the earth fifth century, showing that the body was always seen as a work of art. Technology has helped to further the art that is created from the anatomical body structure. Not just art based on the body but also architecture reflects structures of DNA and genetics. Architecture has been influenced by body structures since “the emergence of DNA [,] and genes gave rise to a new mechanism for generating structural diversity” (Ingber 57). Art tries to express emotions through whatever the art work is, so the emergence of technology that is able to look into the brain, the origin of all human activities, created a new way of “a technique of self-portrait” (Casini 75). I however agree with the author when he says “yet what these images really show remains a debated issue, because they are far from being transparent windows into the inner self,” a brain scan cannot show what a human is really thinking (Casini 75). An art piece conveys emotion through the brush strokes, colors and shadows. So perhaps if an artist drew the brain scan with different colors, highlighting certain parts of the brain the art artistic aspect would be more apparent. This image is one that is trying to highlight the argument that “artists have more grey matter in the parietal lobe;” the use of this image is to show that the article is about an artistic topic not purely scientific (Brooks). 

I like the interpretation Travis Bedal takes to anatomy, he creates art by “joining anatomy figures to different fauna and flora” (Acebedo Naldz Graphics). He is going past just the use of human body anatomy, and introduces animal anatomy as well as those of plants and flower; but he combines the two using the same structures, of each anatomical being, to complement each other.


Works Cited 

Acebedo, Ebrian. "An Art That Shows What Happens When Anatomy Meets Flora And Fauna | Naldz Graphics." Naldz Graphics An Art That Shows What Happens When Anatomy Meets Flora And Fauna Comments. N.p., 07 Apr. 2014. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.

Brooks, Katherine. "Artists' Brains Have More 'Grey Matter' Than The Rest Of Ours, Study Finds." The Huffington Post., 22 Apr. 2014. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.

Casini, Silvia. "Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as Mirror and Portrait: MRI Configurations between Science and the Arts." Configurations 19.1 (2011): 73-99. Web.

Ingber, Donald E. "The Architecture of Life." Sci Am Scientific American 278.1 (1998): 48-57. Web.

Tyson, Peter. "The Hippocratic Oath Today." PBS. PBS, 27 Mar. 2001. Web. 24 Apr. 2016. 


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Week 3: Art and Robotics

Industrialization has led to the mechanization of almost nearly all of human life, it has practically invaded. A lot of aspects of production have been mechanized; there is either no human production or a very minimal amount. The movie Modern Times (1936) is a great example of this, Charlie Chaplin’s performance shows just how humans have to become a part of the machine just to move along smoothly with them. He has to keep up with the assembly line or else the whole mechanical process will need to be shut down. Charlie Chaplin cannot do normal human activates like itch his nose or else the whole assembly line will have to slow down  

The movie even shows the mechanization of eating, where a machine is feeding the individual. He does not have any control over what he eats first or for how long. The corn on the cob is fed to Chaplin way to fast, he cannot eat it successfully.  

In a more recent movie Reel Steel (2011), is about a boxing robot that is able to compute real human emotion. In the last big fight the one of the main character played by Hugh Jackman, tries to level with the robot and get in back into the fight to win. Without using any remote control he goes up to the robots face and talks to it, using gestures to help it to understand. Here once again it shows that robots are taking over aspects of human life, in the movie there are no longer any human boxers, the greats now use robots to fight in the matches.

Real Steel (2011)
Walter Benjamin writes about how this mechanization is taking away a unique aspect that humans bring to the table whereas machines are just producing the same thing over and over again. Benjamin says “the technique of reproduction detaches the reproduced object from the domain of tradition” (Benjamin 1936). This may be true in the case of Charlie Chaplin; however the movie Real Steel shows that a robot is still unique to the human that has created it. There are many forms of art that had steamed from the emergence of mechanization, and they are very unique. For example in Fred Ables Electric Circus, the artist uses both “animatronics with masterful puppetry” to create what almost looks like real animals and human (Ables). Douglas Davis agrees that the introduction of industrialization has “enhanced, not betrayed” the uniqueness of human created art (Davis 381). The art that Ables was able to create was only because robots were being introduced into the art realm, his are is definitely unique and not a copy. 

Works Cited 
Benjamin, Walter. "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction." 1936. Print. 

Davis, Douglas. "The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction (An Evolving Thesis 1991-1995)." MIT Press, 1995. Print. 

 "Electric Circus Dresseur Der Automaten." Electric Circus Dresseur Der Automaten. Web. 17 Apr. 2016. <>. 

 HDTVADDICT. "Charlie Chaplin - Eating Machine." YouTube. YouTube, 2012. Web. 17 Apr. 2016. <>.

Modern times. RBC Films, 1936.

Real Steel. Dream Works, 2011.

"Sugar Ray Leonard Talks Hugh Jackman & ‘Real Steel’." Screen Rant. 2011. Web. 17 Apr. 2016. <>.

TheCharlesChaplin. "Charlie Chaplin - Factory Work." YouTube. YouTube, 2010. Web. 17 Apr. 2016. <>. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Week 2: Math + Art
Vanishing points exist to help bring perspectives into an artist’s work. This vanishing point is useful when the artist is trying to get the observer to see a certain view of the art. An observer needs to look from one point of the painting in order to experience exactly what the artist intends, “if we view art from the wrong viewpoint, it can appear distorted” (Frantz 3-7). Here is where mathematics comes in, measurements are done to make sure that all aspects of the painting are proportional to where the vanishing point is. 

In Flatland, Abbott talks about dimensions, this can be very important in how something is perceived. There is an example in the reading about a penny; if you were to look directly over the penny you would see a circle, but as you shift your perspective on the penny it will start to change shape in your eyes, perhaps it will look like an oval instead of a circle. Using this example, the artist will create a drawing from the perspective he wants his audience to see the penny by drawing it with
men drawn as circles, women as lines
dimensions. Abbot uses this in his book, instead of a drawing he uses literature to express dimensions of the world in a certain view, a bunch of shapes on a plane, but each shape and figure is described with proportions that need to be exact to each respective figure because that is how a person can tell a boy from a girl or a carpenter from a businessman

M.C. Escher uses mathematics in his art to create tessellations. These are “arrangements of closed shapes that completely cover the plain without overlapping and without leaving gaps” (Escher). I found this use of math in art very interesting, the shapes are always touching as if the pen or paintbrush was never lifted from the canvas. In his work, geometry is used in the rotations, translations, and reflections of the one polygon (regular or irregular). In the picture with birds, he uses triangles as the polygon and finds a shape of a bird fitting to fill that space. In other example variations of shapes are used like this example from the Alhambra that inspired Escher to create art that included mathematics.
Tiles in the Alhambra; Drawing, 1936
Regular Division of the Plane with Birds; Wood engraving 1949
Some artists are using math for a reason by using a vanishing point or to help their readers in the case of Abbot to understand dimensions of characters. Escher uses math to make sure that his plane is proportional and even with the shapes he chooses to use in his art. He believes math has opened up more variety to his art. Math, Art, and Science all play a roll in each respective field. I learnd that math has a greater influence on Art than i had expected it to, but as I dug deeper into the material it seems that Math is used to help the art become more real to the observer; this is essential for artists. 

Works Cited: 
Abbott, Edwin. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. 1884. Print.

"Edwin Abbott Abbott." Edwin Abbott Abbott. Web. 10 Apr. 2016   <>.

Franz, Marc. “Lesson 3: Vanishing Point and Looking at Art.” Web. 10 April 2016.

"Perspective: The Role of Perspective: Page 3." Perspective: The Role of Perspective: Page 3. Web. 10 Apr. 2016. <>.

Smith, B. Sidney. "The Mathematical Art of M.C. Escher." Platonic Realms Minitexts. Platonic Realms, 13 Mar 2014. Web. 13 Mar 2014.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Week 1: Two Cultures

Hello, my name is Angela Soderquist and I am a fourth year Sociology major at UCLA. Studying social interactions between individuals and groups also interests me in what neurological factors exist in those interactions, and maybe even cause some as well. I have also been dancing since a very young age and have had to learn about the body and its relation to movement in dance. Proper placement of the body is essential in ballet, and this required me to learn about the different muscles and bones and how I should be aligning them correctly.
 (correct body alignment for improved balance)                      
The two cultures of dance and anatomy came together for me because I needed to make sure I knew proper placement to prevent as many injuries as possible. This creates a new niche of education in dance, “the clashing point of two subjects, two disciplines, two cultures – of two galaxies, as far as that goes – ought to produce creative chances,” creating a third culture of science, merging science education and dance (C.P. Snow 17). 
(X-Ray of foot En Pointe) 
 A science education is not typically taught in ballet companies, therefore “the enduring gap between humanities and sciences…clearly shows that the bridges being constructed are still very fragile,” making the connection between the two cultures a little shaky (Vesna 122).  Another example of two cultures is in social media, in college a lot of people meet online either through online classes, job websites like LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. This is bridging the gap of creating relationships face to face, using technology to create connection and networks instead. 

 (meeting on social media) 
Perhaps it is becoming inconvenient for people to meet in person, possibly takes too much time out of an already busy day, in this case “reaching limits in science or any other discipline for that matter really means being on the threshold of the inevitable something else,” a new culture is being created to help progress where in a busy society people just do not have the time to spend going out and creating relationships, this is even happening in the dating world (Vesna 123).   Reading these articles put the idea of the third culture into perspective. I have always wondered why certain areas of discipline were black and white when I wanted to see how they connected. There are connections in science and art; others just have to be open to bridging the gap and making those connections.

Justasmalltowngirl. Meeting on Social Media. Digital image. Just A Small Town Girl. 16 Dec. 2010.                  Web. 1 Apr. 2016. <                      you-create-relationships/>.

Nichelle. Allignment. Digital image. Dance Advantage. 19 Jan. 2011. Web. 1 Apr. 2016.

Snow, C. P. The Two Cultures and The Scientific Revolution. New York: Cambridge UP, 1961. Print.

Vesna, Victoria. "Toward a Third Culture: Being In Between." Leonardo 34.2 (2001): 121-25. Web.

X-Ray. Digital image. Are You Ready For Pointe Shoes? Web. 1 Apr. 2016.