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6&6: A transdisciplinary approach to art-science collaboration

July 29, 2020

Despite an historical connection between the arts and sciences, in the past century, the two disciplines have been greatly siloed. However, there is a renewed interest in collaboration across the arts and sciences to support conservation practice by understanding and communicating complex environmental, social, and cultural challenges in novel ways. 6&6 was created as a transdisciplinary art–science initiative to promote a deeper appreciation of the Sonoran Desert. Six artists and six scientists were paired to create work that explored conservation issues in the Sonoran Desert and the Gulf of California. In-depth interviews were conducted with the artists and scientists throughout the 4-year initiative to understand the impact of 6&6 on their personal and professional behaviors and outlook. The findings from this case study reveal the role that intensive, place-based, and transdisciplinary art–science programs can play in shaping narratives to better communicate the patterns and processes of nature and human–environment interactions.

Publication Year 2020
Title 6&6: A transdisciplinary approach to art-science collaboration
DOI 10.1093/biosci/biaa076
Authors Sara Clark, Eric Magrane, Thomas Baumgartner, Scott E. K. Bennett, Micahel Bogan, Taylor Edwards, Mark A. Dimmitt, Heather Green, Charles Hedgcock, Bemjamin M. Johnson, Maria R. Johnson, Kathleen Velo, Benjamin T. Wilder
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title BioScience
Index ID 70212488
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center