Images of beauty and intrigue often emerge through the processes of scientific investigation.
Science at Cal periodically holds gallery events and exhibitions exploring the world of art and science in imagery created during research. The media producing these images span microscopy, photography, painting, sculpture, origami, videography, and digital technologies that transcend traditional boundaries. Fascinating special presentations are also featured, engaging audiences in workshops and conversations with science and technology experts and art practitioners.
Talks have explored the nature of creativity, visualizing neuroscience and artificial intelligence, the chemistry of ancient pottery glazes, natural history illustration, music composition inspired by scientific imagery, and the physics of light-speed photography. Many talks and artworks explore and expand on artist and scientist collaborations, which often result in new methods of practice and technique.
Over the years these exhibitions have been presented in partnership with artists, organizations and institutions that contribute to the cultural and educational richness of our community. These include the First Love Gallery, Berkeley Arts Festival Gallery, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), Worth-Ryder Art Gallery, the Energy Biosciences Institute, the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, and Zeiss Microscopy.