"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.
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...
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