Browsing SUNY College at New Paltz by Subject "Science"
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Point Space: MFA Thesis - MetalIn a world increasingly immersed by analytic and abstractions, it is becoming increasingly difficult to grasp some of the new discoveries in mathematics and science. Humans have an innate desire to learn and categorize phenomena, and every year cutting edge science is discovering hidden gems in the multiverse, quantum, and theoretical realms. Although these discoveries are monumental, they are increasingly abstract and distant. One of the byproducts of these discoveries is a beautiful form language lost in the dense notes of these academic papers discussing the relevance and importance of these findings. With increasingly advanced technology and understanding scientists and engineers are even starting to observe quantum and universal phenomena directly. As a visual artist, and more specifically a metalsmith, I want to craft objects that can help me interpret and better understand the ideas behind these concepts. Forming metal into permanent interactive structures allows me to capture some of these dynamic forms into a concrete object. By using a craft as translator, I hope to be able to bring these lofty abstract realities down to earth.
The westernization of the night sky: a study of indigenous astronomy and sky cultureWhen we examine the night sky and consider the history and progression of science and astronomy, we observe the sky through a specific cultural lens. Contemporary understandings and interpretations of the sky and of science have been distorted by the biases of Western European history and culture. Consequently, indigenous astronomy has been eradicated, depreciated, forgotten, and omitted from the historical record. After thousands of years of colonization and the purposeful destruction of indigenous cultures, much knowledge of indigenous astronomy has been lost. However, the knowledge that has been preserved is extraordinary. A study of the methods and strategies of astronomical observation developed by indigenous civilizations and the roles that astronomy served within indigenous societies crafts a compelling argument about the validity, sophistication, and value of indigenous astronomy and sky culture. With that knowledge, we can then consider the drastic repercussions of the erasure of indigenous astronomy and why it is essential that we incorporate indigenous knowledge into modern understandings of science and astronomy.