Writing, reading, and making art in collaboration with the modelbioscienceplant, Arabidopsis thaliana

Jane Prophet, Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Creative Work, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design

Collaborators: John Schiefelbein, Professor, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Develop a prototype or Pilot Study for a new largescale art installation using laser cut paper and video projection mapping in collaboration with the plant, Arabidopsis thaliana (Thalecress), a weed described as the lab rat among plants.The project combines expertise, data and methods from art, computer science and bioscience. The PI will work with graduate students from Stamps and Bioscience to create a pilot study, or smaller scale version, of what will eventually be a roomsized installation of plant forms cut from paper, lit using video projection from 5 projectors. The installation will include living plants and accompanying exhibition texts. The work is intended for exhibition at local (Detroit) and international Science Galleries using art to ignite discussion about key science topics and to promote STEM learning through STEAM. The applicant has regularly shown on the international science gallery circuit and it is therefore highly likely that the development of the Pilot Study will be disseminated through exhibition as well as via academic papers and conference presentations at events such as College Arts Association, the Society for Literature Science and the Arts, and 4S where the applicant is a regular panel chair and speaker.