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Science Visualization as a core research area at Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design

Multimedia science visualizations play an increasingly central role. They provide not only the basis for knowledge transfer but also the framework for the acquisition of knowledge. While advanced media sensory realization techniques have been neglected in science for a long time, in art and design this is a particular field of competence. The Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel has successfully set itself the task of finding artistic solutions, in particular concerning (audio-) visual and scenographic representations of science for many years and aims to extend and intensify its research in the core research area Science Visualization (SCI. VI.) at the Centre for Media (ZfM) in cooperation with the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”.

The goal of this focus on Science Visualization is to develop independent research which points out new methods and formats of knowledge transfer. For this we cooperate closely with scientists in order to find out about their conditions for communication and to actively support them.

The core research area Science Visualization (SCI.VI.) offers seminars and projects in the area of multidisciplinary cooperation of science and art, analyses artistic forms of expression concerning scientific work and university research and works on the development and the implementation of innovative artistic work with regard to the topic.

The focus is on implementing existing and potential artistic and design methods to connect art and science: How do we interpret scientific findings in an artistic way? How can we approach scientific work in an artistic way so that it becomes emotionally and visibly accessible? Which forms of expression are known to art and design which represent scientific research findings accurately but also bring them to life – in a visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic way or through performances? If art and science deal with the same phenomenon what characterizes the field of tension between the different results? How can we achieve a vital dialogue between science and art/design?