ARS Research Colloquia Series of the UT Dallas ATEC/EMAC Programs
Art Rendevous Science
Nurturing Cultural Science
Dr. Maximilian Schich
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Noon
ATEC Conference Room, ATC 2.807
Abstract: The process of understanding art and culture is mostly dominated by qualitative humanistic inquiry. Technology within the process is used widely of course, for example within the systematic collection of data, material analysis, visualization, and ever closer or more distant readings than possible with a bare eye. Yet, most humanists and technologists involved in the process still work side-by-side.
In this talk, I aim to convince the audience that the time is ripe for cultural science – for humanists to embrace physics, computer science, and information design to engage in a coherent process where humanists become scientists and scientists become humanists. Results will include a better understanding of culture as a complex system, the dynamics of canons and worldviews from games to scholarship, the conscious knowledge of gaps and biases in our tools and perceptions, and new frontiers of inquiry.
The key premise of my talk is that, similar to the shift from classic anatomy to systems biology, the transition to cultural science will radically change the way we work and understand the world.
Biography: Dr. Maximilian Schich is a multidisciplinary researcher, currently focusing on (super)exponential cultural interaction. He joined The University of Texas at Dallas as an Associate Professor for Arts and Technology in Spring 2013. Before, Max started to deal with cultural graph data in 1996. After receiving his Ph.D. in art history at HU-Berlin and Max-Planck in Rome, Max continued to work on the Ecology of Complex Networks in Art and Culture with a group of outstanding physicists and computer scientists in the labs of László Barabási and Dirk Helbing. Currently, he also acts as an Editorial Advisor at Leonardo (the International Society for Art, Science, and Technology) and chairs a popular symposium series on Art, Humanities, and Complex Networks at NetSci conferences.