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AI: A Space to Call Your Own


I was in a pilot math class all through high school. Our shiny new textbooks (they do exist!) were decorated with fractal art. It was like your college roommate’s blacklight poster collection exploded¬† all over the printing press. And while it didn’t help my math scores (just barely made it out of algebra 2), it piqued my curiosity. “What are these things?” I did my own research and learned about fractals. I was interested. I was curious. Looking at the artwork in my textbook inspired me to learn some science.

Art can inspire people to learn real science. Example: Lobster Batman vs Bear Shark

This line of thinking has since led me to try to inspire a curiosity and love of science in others, through art. If I had my own art gallery, I would fill it with science-y art. I would try cross-promotions with local science centers, host lectures by artists, scientists and Skeptics, maybe even have a Skeptics in the Pub-type thing. Skeptics in the Gallery!

If you had your own gallery/storefront space, how would you use it to promote science and critical thinking to the public in a creative way?

(Props to reader jtradke for requesting I draw the above image in my new sketchbook)

The ART Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Mad Art Lab community. Look for it to appear Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3pm ET.

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  1. (Props to reader jtradke for requesting I draw the above image in my new sketchbook)

    It’s true. I am available at a low, low fee for all your animal-superhero-hybrid brainstorming needs. Here’s another one for free: Ninja Turtle quail vs. possum Puma-Man.

  2. Anyway, as for the actual question, I’d love to run a store like this awesome one here in Milwaukee (there’s two locations in/around Chicago, too) called American Science and Surplus that sells random surplus stuff: motors, fingerpaints, caution tape, Petri dishes, microscopes, kids’ project kits, Rubik’s cubes, rocks…

    It’s like a combination of Hobby Lobby, a hardware store, and an office supply store. And a museum gift shop. And Radio Shack. Also, the staff are generally high-school freaks and geeks. So if you like to make or craft anything and are a bit of a weirdo, it will warm your slacker soul.

    And their presentation is so endearing, as you can see on the site from the line-drawings and goofy descriptions on almost every product (most of which is also in-store). Been going there since I was little and they just have a passion for creativity, play, and learning.

    So basically I would just copy that place if I started a store.

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