The imaginings, thoughts and ideas of the researchers are important to Vicky and Paul. “Everyone is human,” says Paul. “We all have emotions. And those feelings often drive research. Scientific papers document insights, techniques and technical details – there is an infrastructure there ready to put that information out into the public domain. But there isn’t usually a way for an individuals’ own personal engagement around their research to be documented. In the work we create, we try to allow that emotion to come right to the surface.”
Both trained artists, Vicky and Paul have collaborated with scientists for many years. We discussed the parallels between the two disciplines.
“We’re of the belief that science is a very recent offshoot from artistic practice,” says Paul. “When you really try and understand the difference, it is superficial. There are similar levels of creativity, taking risks and making judgements in both science and art. I think the most interesting thing about science is the way that individuals create these massive leaps that come from being immersed in a practice.”
“Scientists and artists create new ways of understanding the world.”
Marcin agrees. “I love being a scientist. The element of creativity in it brings me joy.”