MSUToday
Published: March 22, 2012

Faculty conversations: Adam W. Brown

Contact(s): Meghan Spork University Relations Student Writer cell: (248) 250-3743 meghan.spork@ur.msu.edu

Adam W. Brown is an associate professor of art, but he specializes in mixing art and science together. 

As an associate professor, Brown is focused in the fields of electronic art and intermedia. He teaches classes that work with new media and also teaches hybrid courses that look at combining practices from different disciplines. 

For one of his recent projects, Brown collaborated with Robert Root-Bernstein, a professor in the College of Natural Science. Together they created "Origins of Life: Experiment 1.x." The project began as an appropriation of a Stanley Miller experiment from the 1950s that created an atmosphere to see if organic material could be made from inorganic compounds. 

Brown believes that the experiment provokes some very profound ideas about the creation of life, the definition of consciousness and more. 

"It was a great opportunity to create a work that would answer a scientific problem and make an art piece at the same time," Brown said. 

He also said MSU is unlike almost any other environment in the world, as there are so many people who conduct research in diverse disciplines. 

"For an artist like me, someone who wants to interact with other disciplines, it is perfect," Brown said. "All I have to do is walk into the proverbial backyard to find people that have expertise in a field. And for the most part, people here are very gracious and want to work together."

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Adam W. Brown, associate professor in the Department of Art, Art History and Design. Photo by G.L. Kohuth

Adam W. Brown, associate professor in the Department of Art, Art History and Design. Photo by G.L. Kohuth

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