ArtScience: Integrative Collaboration to Create a Sustainable Future 

“The acute problems of the world can be solved only by whole human beings, not by those who refuse to be, publicly, anything more than a technologist, or a pure scientist, or an artist. In the world of today, you have got to be everything or you are going to be nothing.”

― Conrad Hal Waddington, Biologist, Philosopher, Artist and Historian

Authors: Robert Root-Bernstein, Todd Siler, Adam Brown, Kenneth Snelson

To stimulate discussion about where new arts and sciences should intersect, we propose an overarching synthesis we call “ArtScience.”

  1. Everything can be understood through art, but that understanding is incomplete.
  2. Everything can be understood through science, but that understanding is incomplete.
  3. ArtScience enables us to achieve a more complete and universal understanding of things.
  4. ArtScience involves understanding the human experience of nature through the synthesis of artistic and scientific modes of exploration and expression.
  5. ArtScience melds subjective, sensory, emotional and personal understanding with objective, analytical, rational, and public understanding.
  6. ArtScience is not embodied in its products so much as expressed through the convergence of artistic and scientific processes and skills.
  7. ArtScience is not Art + Science or Art-and-Science or Art/Science, in which the components retain their disciplinary distinctions and compartmentalisation.
  8. ArtScience transcends and integrates all disciplines or forms of knowledge.
  9. One who practices ArtScience is both an artist and a scientist simultaneously, and one who produces things that are both artistic and scientific simultaneously.
  10. Every major artistic advance, technological breakthrough, scientific discovery and medical innovation since the beginning of civilisation has resulted from the process of ArtScience.
  11. Every major inventor and innovator in history was an ArtScience practitioner.
  12. We must teach art, science, technology, engineering and mathematics as integrated disciplines, not separately.
  13. We must create curricula based on the history, philosophy and practice of ArtScience, using best practices in experiential learning.
  14. The vision of ArtScience is the re-humanization of all knowledge.
  15. The mission of ArtScience is the re-integration of all knowledge.
  16. The goal of ArtScience is to cultivate a New Renaissance.
  17. The objective of ArtScience is to inspire open-mindedness, curiosity, creativity, imagination, critical thinking and problem-solving through innovation and collaboration!

In summation, ArtScience Connects. The future of humanity and civil society depends on these connections. ArtScience is a new way to explore culture, society and human experience that integrates synaesthetic experience with analytical exploration. It is knowing, analysing, experiencing and feeling simultaneously.