Science imitating art in the next KPU-Science World Speaker Series talk

Fri, Sep 30, 2016

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – Did Star Trek inspire the iPad? Is Google a real life version of Terminator’s Skynet? The spark of inspiration in the worlds of art and science has always been close, and perhaps no closer than in the past few decades with digital advancements in motion picture and computer modelling.

In the latest installment in the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Science World Speaker Series, art historian and KPU instructor Dr. Dorothy Barenscott will examine what artists and filmmakers can teach us about scientific visualization long before a scientific hypothesis or paradigm can be tested and made material. According to Barenscott, artists have become powerful conceptualizers in bridging scientific discovery to the rest of the world.

"Modern artists and filmmakers guide and influence mainstream and even modern scientific perceptions about what the future of invention and ingenuity will quite literally 'look' like,” said Barenscott, whose interdisciplinary research relates to the interplay between urban space, emerging technology, and media forms.

What Can Artists and Filmmakers Teach Us About Scientific Visualization takes place Thursday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. at Science World Vancouver. Doors open early at 6 p.m. for a workshop to create your own artistic and scientific visualization. The event is free but registration is requested. To register and learn more, visit

This speaker series is a partnership between KPU and Science World that supports the expansion of science in our communities. This free public series works to engage, entertain and educate guests with fascinating insights into the world of science.

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