Omnibus Accelerator: Artists and Scientists Discuss Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration

February 23 from 4:30 to 8 pm

Visual Arts Center

Leonardo Art, Science, Evening Rendezvous (LASER), the Department of Art and Art History and the McKetta Deparment of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin will host a panel discussion and reception for the exhibition Omnibus Filing at the Visual Arts Center. The conversation between artists and scientists, moderated by Dr. Ann Reynolds, Associate Professor of Art History, will aim to illuminate some of the more intriguing overlaps and discoveries that manifested from this foray into cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Omnibus Filing is an exhibition of artworks, inventions, prototypes and cross-disciplinary research currently on view at the Visual Arts Center at UT Austin. The result of three years of multi-faceted collaboration between artists invited to campus to work with UT scientists, the exhibitions features an Artificial Intelligence-bot that writes original patents, a virtual reality installation, lessons on entropy from the Institute for Higher Listening, a robot that tries to teach poetry, video installation of a man attempting to re-enact childbirth, a research paper with which you can cuddle and a mausoleum for a bumblebee queen.