Leaning Out of Windows (LOoW) | A four-year interdisciplinary art and science project with TRIUMF

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By Roxanne Toronto

Posted on January 24, 2017 | Updated May 10, 2023, 11:39am

Led by Principal Investigators/ECU faculty members Ingrid Koenig and Dr. Randy Lee Cutler, the project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Leaning Out of Windows (LOoW) is a four-year SSHRCC-funded interdisciplinary art and science project led by Principal Investigators/ECU faculty members Ingrid Koenig and Dr. Randy Lee Cutler.

The project involves co-designing, curating, testing, and analyzing models of collaboration for art and science. Participants include Emily Carr University’s faculty, students, visiting artists + physicists, post-doctoral researchers and graduate students working at TRIUMF, Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science, located at the University of British Columbia.

“We wonder how to transform the grammar of abstract knowledge by specifically addressing the barely discernible phenomena studied by physics through aesthetics, analogy, metaphor, poetry, and other inventive methods.”

Randy Lee Cutler + Ingrid Koenig

A science seminar held at TRIUMF, January 20, 2017, marked the beginning of Phase One with 26 artists and students of an Emily Carr University senior level studio course participating in the project. Scientists present a contemporary burning question in physics and the artists have an opportunity to ask questions of the scientists and engage in conversation with other artists. Artistic production begins, continuing until September 2017, with feedback loops, transfers, relays, responses, rephrasing, and reiterations.