SCIENCE CAN BE ART
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM OF VISUALIZING PHYSICAL AND ASTROPHYSICAL LAWS WITH ART AND DESIGN
The main task of the project is to visualize the laws and processes of astronomy with the help of art and design.
In this program art and science will cooperate to create an exciting, and motivating common surface.
In a sense, art will be in the service of science to create a fruitful symbiosis in the field of education.
This artistic approach is playful and interactive and helps to understand physical laws at many stages of science education.
Design Together - Move the Universe
GAMIFICATION AGAIN AND AGAIN
The program would like to visualize the most exciting parts of physical phenomena and processes.
Objects designed by this project would like to show the unknown and exciting features of physical laws and redraw and redesign traditional school experiments.
The keywords are constant moving and interactive playing. Students get used to permanent changes and constant information flow in their everyday life. Therefore, this program would like to change from linear information transfer to an interactive, game-based method. The word is gamification of course, but combined with free artistic creativity. Games, cooperation, interactive situations, and constant communication have to be the focus of the new language of science education.
The "Move the Universe" project would like to create this new language and combine all of these methods.
VISUALIZATION OF PHYSICAL LAWS
AESTHETIC AND PHILOSOPHICAL VALUE
I feel that there is a certain beauty of physical processes and astrophysical phenomena, which in many ways has aesthetic and philosophical interpretation or even value, and which could be expressed through art and design.
Therefore, in this work I am highlighting various features of physical laws, thus presenting new, unknown aspects of well-known facts and processes.
Nevertheless, this artistic language does not speak in a consistently didactic scientific way but in a more informal mood.
However, these interactive and playful actions can help to understand physical laws, and these random detours sensitively visualize several phenomena.
I do believe, that this interactive approach can help study physical and astronomical processes, at many stages from early education to the primary level.
REDUCTION AND DETAILS
COOPERATION OF THE FOCUSED APPROACH OF DESIGN
AND THE COMPLEXITY OF SCIENCE
This project gives the opportunity to analyze the physical processes of various astrophysical objects, by showing their internal structure and physical interactions.
Combining a simplistic and focused approach of design with the detailed and complex world of science is the most exciting challenge.
The aim is to create an effective educational object with this particular combination of approaches, highlighting the typical, key physical forces at work.
Therefore, astrophysical rules might be easily understood, with the right simplification for all ages of students at their own level.
HIGHLIGHTING PHYSICAL LAWS
During the design and reduction process, I select or highlight certain physical laws according to which one can most represent the physical or chemical process that is prevalent in that certain celestial body.
In some cases, I may not mark the elements, but highlight the direction of their motion, because that might express the astronomical phenomenon clearly.
However, in other justified cases, I highlight the element, or the state of matter, or both. So, I use a kind of artistic freedom while paying attention to the typical physical processes of the object.
Hence, I have to tune in to the physical object in order to reproduce the characteristics of the planet as sensitively as possible.
This is, of course, a completely uninterpretable approach from a scientific point of view, but from a creative point of view, it is the best way of focusing, and also an enjoyable method.
DESIGN AND METHOD
In order to show the diverse processes as clearly as possible, I reduced the shape of the object to hemispherical sections. The sections contain various internal structures; such as movable parts that can be rotated in various directions, with blades and printable surfaces on them.
On such construction, I can both detect a process of movement and display information.
Design possibilities are endless.
For example, when circular discs gradually turn into squares, the crystallization process is expressed.
When circles get gradually denser toward the center, the transformation of water vapor into liquid water is symbolized.
Materials, textures, and colors can also be used to express physical and chemical properties; temperature, density, or even speed.
Hence, the unique characteristics of a planetary object can be shown by using effects of various materials, such as; reflections of the polished steel sheet, translucency of polypropylene, wire nets, or several fabrics.
Besides, together, multiplying visual impressions can work effectively while showing several physical powers at the same time.