Arts and Science in a Public Learning Laboratory: Arts + Design Wednesdays at BAMPFA

Lecture | November 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Theo Watson, Partner/Creative Director, Design IO; Eric Siegel, Director, University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley

 Arts + Design

Science and art were not always considered separate disciplines, and many argue that the reintegration of art and science will foster new, more responsive, more humane, and more inclusive practices in both fields. Theo Watson will present his work at the intersection of art and science, followed by a dialogue with Eric Siegel.

Theodore Watson is an artist, designer and experimenter whose work is born out of the curiosity and excitement of designing experiences that come alive and invite people to play. Theodore's work includes experimental tools for artistic expression and immersive, large scale interactive environments with full-body interaction. Theodore is the co-founder of the widely used openFrameworks project, an open source library for writing creative code in C++. Theodore’s work is in the permanent collection at MoMA and has been shown at the Tate Modern and Ars Electronica.

Eric Siegel is Director at the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley. He has served for 11 years as Director and Chief Content Officer of the New York Hall of Science, which received the Institute of Museum and Library Service National Medal in 2015. In 2014, he was honored with the Association of Science Technology Centers’ Leading Edge Award for Exceptional Leadership. He has taught graduate courses in museum management and exhibition design at New York University.