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Eliza Slavet: Something from Nothing: Audacious Speculations in Art, Science, and Entrepreneurialism

• Eliza Slavet (UC San Diego): $2,000.00 for Something from Nothing: Audacious Speculations in Art, Science, and Entrepreneurialism

This project is focused on exploring the connections, overlaps, and productive tensions between three realms of activity often considered as totally distinct: 1) conceptual art, especially activist art, 2) scientific research, specifically experimental design in the natural, neuro- and social sciences, and 3) business/ entrepreneurialism. In each of these domains, we will be studying imaginative acts that change the world by the illocutionary force of their own inspiration, seeking to understand the creative audacity that make something from nothing. Over the next 6 – 12 months we are convening a series of conversations, drawing from researchers and artists on our own campus as well as other UC campuses. These conversations will be the first stage in our longer term project curating a series of public events, performances, publications and exhibitions. The first “outcome” of our project, however, will be an integrated curriculum for the spring quarter of UCSD Sixth College’s Culture, Art & Technology Program (beginning in Spring 2013).

Link to project website: http://audaciousspeculations.org

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