Cuts,cuts and cuts
A few years ago fine art institutions all over were embracing a forward thinking idea of combining yes combining science with art – actively encouraging students to go out there and get scientific with their work.
That did of course lead to no end of highly sensitive health and safety issued pieces being thrown up left right and centre and probably single handedly prompted the health and safety surge and backlash a few years later.
Remember Hirst’s foray to the US with his cow? no pickling allowed without quarantine or no formaldehyde or something, but stopped in its tracks at customs under *was it art or was it food* and subsequent H&S problems with BSE and rotting corpses.
Even the lecturers got confused; one classically curated the final touches to a degree show and was told to take it down – she had blocked the fire doors – well that’s not scientific faux-par more ummm a lecturer-on-a-bad-curation-day, but hey! still pushing at the boundaries if only a door!
Those were some kind of days - it seems as a big planned cut is looming on the horizon for public sector Science in general and the Science Museum in London.
They have just put on a huge promotional show along with The Royal Society and The Arts Council, for Science and the Arts called See Further Festival which is being held at The South Bank Centre until 4th July
images courtesy See Further Festival
Cuts in science – an area that many would say is the main-stay for our economic future.
But hold on a minute. Only a slight observation here but this was collaboration no? a festival where the scientists and creative’s both came up with the ingredients; and have already been doing so for almost all creative and scientific input for most of the museum, if not just the promotional show.
If on a daily basis we were to try and hypothetically remove artisitc creativity from our world (this includes all our senses; taste, visual, touch, smell and hearing, and the creative industries that pioneer them) we are left with the basics. Cuts in Science will mean cuts in design, fashion, art and anything it touches.
Science also has an aesthetic side in application.
I still don’t get the way the arts and sciences are shoved into categories of good, bad, mediocre in terms of economic sense – they all make sense – they all rely on each other.
Not which departments (or museums) are spending more than others. Science and technology do cost – we also have a heavily monetized industry - pharmacy for one, which is basing its future on our trending consumptions – so much so that we now need them – they have made sure the supply and demand is covered.
Is it maybe time that these industries put something back into public nurturing of these subjects, museums and event-interest gatherings ?
Some do; but as a rule when a field of research has so heavily and beneficially affected the economy of one particular industry shouldn’t they have some commitment to re-invest at a grass roots level?
This would be all the more balanced if re-investment went across the *groups* but science does touch so many areas this could only help.
It has a knock on effect both ways and to cut science is to cut design, is to cut art and all visual and aural media.
Liquid Crystal ; Living cells and Flat Screen TV's
It can’t solve all the woes nor balance everything in this public and private sector trauma; but surely a re-investment to the hands on hand-that-fed-it-in-the-first-place, from the industry would make some sense?
And here is a link to Susan Watts blog in which she discusses these and other issues surrounding the future of scienctific research.
Back Sunday.....after an ouch heavy dentist sesh, so I promise it won't be about teeth, even if the next greatest work of art ever is !