Art-Science Typology

Historically, notions of art and science have fluctuated in the degree of their [in]compatibility. With the re-emergence of art as a tool through which scientific knowledge can be explored, unexpected relationships between traditional scientific and artistic practices are beginning to materialize. Beyond the incorporation of scientific imagery into works of art, the increasing commercialization and accessibility of research technologies now permits artists to use research methods in their pursuit of artistic form and expression. In the emergence of performance-engaged research in areas of the natural sciences, we are seeing the re-acknowledgment of embodied experience as a powerful tool of inquiry, one leading to new, controversial epistemic methods within scientific practice.

With the crossing of boundaries at the levels of conception, methodology, publication and reception, the body of such ‘cross-over’ projects within the arts and sciences is becoming increasingly diverse. Working towards the development of a more systematic account of this domain of discourse, I am currently developing with Florian Wiencek an ontology and process modelling approach based on V2_’s ‘Capturing Unstable Media Conceptual Model’. We aim to generate a formal representational vocabulary that bridges these two traditions of inquiry, allowing us to model knowledge in the domain of cross-over work. By combining this systematic account of cross-over projects with a process model outlining the key stages of production, a much richer account of this knowledge domain can be created.


  • Senior TJ, Wiencek F (2011). Art < > Science: An Ontology. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Electronic Art (Istanbul)


  • Senior TJ, Wiencek F (2011) Art <> Science: An Ontology. Rewire – 4th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology (Liverpool)
  • Senior TJ, Wiencek F (2011) Art <> Science: An Ontology. ISEA – 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art (Istanbul).


  • Duke University (Fall semester, 2009): Undergraduate Course “The Exploration of the Biological Sciences through Art” (ISIS 120S.02; VISUALST 189.03)