Class March 20 at the Planetarium!

This wednesday we are meeting at the planetarium at 3:15. Below is the schedule of our evening.

3:15 – 4:15  Meeting with Nita and Karina in the cafeteria

4:15 – 5:45 Groups presentations in the Dome – your video and sound files should be uploaded to the drop box by tomorrow. Please ask if you need help with this!

5:45 – 6:00 Break

6:00 – 6:45 Donald Burgy Talk part 1

6:45 – 7:00 Break

7:00 – 7:45 Donald Burgy Talk part 2

Please read “A Pair of Connected Galaxies” by Donald Burgy in preparation. 

Donald Burgy is an artist in Wellesley, Massachusetts, born in New York City in 1937. He earned a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and a MFA from Rutgers University. He has received grants from the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller National Endowment, National Endowment for the Arts, and Massachusetts Council on the Arts. His work has been exhibited in Information at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Concept Art at Stadtiches Museum, Leverkusen, Germany, and Third Conference on Planetology and Space Mission Planning, New York Academy of Sciences, New York. His work includes a book entitled, Art Ideas for the Year 4000, published by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA. Burgy taught in the SIM department at MassArt for many years and was the co-creator of the original “Nature, Science and Art” class at the college.

Hope you all got a bit of rest! Looking forward to reconnecting.

Felice Frankel interviews Viktor Koen in American Scientist

Metaphorically Speaking » American Scientist.   Science photagrapher, Felice Frankel, interviews Viktor Koen about visual metaphors in science.

Viktor Koen (, born in Thessaloniki, Greece, holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem and a master of fine arts (MFA) degree with honors from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He serves on the faculty of Parsons School of Design and the MFA program of the School of Visual Arts. His images are regularly published in the Times Book Review, TIME, Newsweek and Esquire. Other clients include major book publishers, corporations and newspapers. His award-winning prints are exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia. His work is featured in numerous books and publications, and is part of private and institutional collections.



The Epic TED Blog, part one: It Takes a Village to Write a TED Talk.

The Epic TED Blog, part one: It Takes a Village to Write a TED Talk.

This is a really great entry on Amanda Palmer’s blog thanking all the people that helped her write, edit and prepare her TED talk.  It is a realistic example of storyboarding, storytelling, performing and many other things. I found it really interesting. I hope you do to.


In relation to the class discussion on björk’s Biophilia album-app that dropped recently, figured I’d link to Thom Yorke’s new super-band Atoms For Peace – Amok album website that dropped last month as well. Album stream off the site visualizer or grooveshark.

The title of the band is inspired by a speech delivered by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower to the UN on Atomic Warfare. Read an article on the historical speech @ the Union for Concerned

Group descriptions

Creative Process

Exploring the trajectory of perception and creativity, we journey from the initial spark of inspiration though the synthesis and analysis of the brains left and right hemispheres. Our concentration addresses the ideas of abstraction through both visual and audible experimentations


We are creating a separation between what is ‘normal’ to us—seeing, hearing, and processing information in our brain. This separation is a moment where we get a chance to show people that their sight, vision, and perception of each, are so much more than just biological ‘tools.’

We will create an experience that will make the viewers live that moment of feeling ‘alive’ and conscious of their surroundings, followed by a sense that what is in their ‘sight’ is not a boring surrounding, but so much more. Our goal is to create a greater notion of perception and how it takes place in our lives.

Unexplored Minds

We aim to take the viewers on a sensory journey through the mind. Using image and sound we will capture the viewers attention and interfere with the path their thoughts take. We will use binaural beats and calming colors to sooth their minds and then loud noise and fast rhythms paired with enticing colors to excite them. Our show will make the viewers question why exactly certain things trigger the reactions they do. We don’t aim to explain the ways our minds work but rather raise the questions.