When the paintings were prepared for an exhibition in 2004, X-radiography revealed a different and unfinished view of icebergs in a rough sea.Edward Wilson, a doctor and artist, accompanied Robert Falcon Scott to the pole and beyond.This had to be navigated carefully to ensure that the art retained its own priority as well as collaborating with the science, rather than being simply co-located.A cornerstone to this was a request that the artist should make scientific measurements and, by doing so, added a whole new dimension where by there was an art perspective on the actual scientific process.
Our joint project started with an art-science speed-dating event, aimed at building collaborative teams.
Where once science was its own domain, this is no longer the case.
Implications of research findings need to connect with broader audiences.
This added another layer of meaning to the artwork and an entry point to conversations around Antarctic ocean processes and climate change.
This loop of enquiry seems to happen differently in art-science collaborations.