Can art and science converge for a cultural tryst?

Jan 21, 2019, 7:28 AM EST
(Source: Pedro Ribeiro Simões/flickr)
(Source: Pedro Ribeiro Simões/flickr)

The western society has historically comprised of two mutually exclusive cultures – the sciences and the arts. The gulf between the two was vividly articulated by physicist CP Snow in one of his lectures at the University of Cambridge in 1959.

Nearly 60 years later, the schism between the two seemingly antithetical groups is shrinking, as the numbers bear out. The sciences no longer languish in the confines of the elites, are no longer veiled from the gentry and in fact, honor the interests and concerns of non-scientists, writes Wired.

The new-found affection is mutually reciprocated by art and culture enthusiasts, who cherish to frequent science festivals and read science books just like going to a concert or an art gallery.

The stats also confirm the diminishing of the divide. A survey in 2009 found that 80 percent of the visitors to a museum were keenly inclined towards science while 65 percent had a slant for arts. In 2017, the same survey found that of the 80 percent keenly interested in science, 80 percent relished the subjects of history and arts as well.

There are still many who shrug off arts as “trivial” compared to the “practicality” of sciences, but it is the quest of both to see things differently and propose new solutions, which forces them to intersect, reports Vanguard.