Faculty voice:

Adam Brown: Bridging art with science

Nov. 1, 2017

Adam Brown, professor of art, art history and design in the College of Arts and Letters, is an internationally recognized conceptually driven artist whose work incorporates art and science hybrids that include robotics, molecular chemistry and emerging technologies that take the form of installation, interactive objects, video, performance and photography.

His creative research has been informed by a background in intermedia, a philosophy that provides a framework for breaking down and combining different models of thought and bringing together disparate disciplines, leading to the establishment of new forms of research and creative activity.

Brown's recent creative undertaking, “Origins of Life: Experiment #1,” is a working scientific experiment (using simulated lightning, heat and primordial gases) that is placed in an art context. This installation is intended to express a shared communal experience of science as a cultural, sensory, sensual and aesthetic experience, breaking down perceptions and stereotypes of how science works and what art is through a dialectic transformation of seeming opposites.

The project is in collaboration with Robert Root-Bernstein, a MacArthur Fellow scientist and physiology professor at MSU, and Maxine Davis, an atmospheric chemistry professor at MSU.

Video by the College of Arts and Letters