Lab-art-ory

An artist and scientists find common ground at a world renowned genomics institute

Jesse Shapiro
Jun 4, 2008
"My conceit is that I can help you do better science," says artist linkurl:Daniel Kohn;http://www.kohnworkshop.com/ in his fourth floor workspace in the linkurl:Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/52891/ And he's not just pulling my leg - he speaks with confidence and some tangible results under his belt. You might even call them preliminary experimental results.
__Daniel Kohn__
__Photo: Maria Nemchuk__
How did an artist get space at a premier scientific institution? It started with an Email from linkurl:Todd Golub,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/22697/ director of Broad's Cancer Program, and admirer of Kohn's older paintings of house interiors. The two chatted about the relationship between art and science - how one can generate knowledge through art, and how scientific meaning depends on its cultural context. "Contrary to popular belief," says Golub, "science requires imagination, while art requires much of the practicality of science." They came up with the idea for what Kohn jokingly refers to...
__Kohn's studio at the Broad last year, before it was "reclaimed by science"__
__Photo: Daniel Kohn__
__Epigenetic watercolor by Daniel Kohn and Bang Wong__
__Photo: Daniel Kohn__
__Watercolor sketch, 10-8-07#19-27, by Daniel Kohn__
__Photo: Daniel Kohn__
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