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Science Meets The Arts

Photo by Christine Peters

The Arizona Science and Technology (AZ SciTech) Festival and the First Friday Artwalk in Roosevelt Row are teaming up to showcase the interrelationship of art, science and technology. February’s First Friday events will showcase dozens of galleries, artists and scientists as they address key topics such as sustainability, global climate change, world health, energy, aerospace and nanotechnology. Below is a sampling of some of the exciting collaborations taking place.

Students from Phoenix Union Bioscience High School, with the guidance of ASU choreographer and educator Elizabeth Johnson, and the support of Roosevelt Row CDC have created a “flash flood mob,” or participatory dance experience, to reflect issues of water contamination that students are exploring as they take a closer look at the Phoenix’s M52 Superfund site.

Serenaded by the Peculiar Choir singing “Let it Rain,” the students will perform the dance at Roosevelt Row’s A.R.T.S. Market, between 4th and 5th street on Roosevelt, with the help of community participants pulled from the crowd of the First Friday Art Walk. The student/community performance will take place at 9:00 p.m.

eye lounge gallery is hosting the Art+Science/Strange Language exhibition. This show will link scientists with local artists to create science-based works of art. The show runs from January 20, 2012 – February 11, 2012.

Internationally-recognized artist Miguel Palma (Lisbon, Portugal) has been commissioned by the ASU Art Museum’s Desert Initiative to develop a mobile project that explores our connection to the desert environment. To launch the collaborative project, Palma and SESE will host an exhibition as part of the Arizona SciTech Festival First Friday Art + Science event on Feb. 3. The public will have an opportunity to interact with a full-scale autonomous rover (RAVEN) designed and built by SESE students. A model of Palma’s project will be on display along with information from SESE at the Regular Gallery, 918 N. Sixth St., in Phoenix, from Feb. 3 through Feb. 24.

About the AZ SciTech Festival:

Partnering with the Arizona Technology Council Foundation, Arizona State University and the Arizona Science Center, the AZ SciTech Festival is a grass roots collaboration of over 200 organizations in industry, academia, arts, community and K-12, geared to excite and inform Arizonans ages three to 103 about how science, technology and innovation will drive our state for the next 100 years. The AZSciTech Festival will take place February-March 2012 and will offer a series of hands-on activities and workshops, conversations and debates, exhibitions, concerts, guided walks and tours, showcasing innovation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).