Artists and Scientists Share Insights Into Creative Process

From left, Luis Bettencourt, Kade Twist and Valerie Plame Wilson. Courtesy photo

SFI News:

In the second annual discussion between the Santa Fe Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, SFI Professor Luís M.A. Bettencourt and Cherokee artist Kade L. Twist will explore the creative process in art and science and wonder whether Native artists and complexity scientists are so far apart.

The discussion is moderated by SFI’s Valerie Plame Wilson.

Chaos to Complexity: Artists and Scientists Share Insights Into the Creative Process is 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, 108 Cathedra Place (Allen Houser Art Park.)

Luís M.A. Bettencourt is an SFI professor and a former senior scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His focus is on understanding complex systems: how cities function and grow, how the brain achieves cognition, how diseases spread, and what conditions lead to innovation.

Kade L. Twist of the Cherokee Nation is an interdisciplinary artist working with video, installation, sound and text. Twist’s work combines re-imagined tribal stories with geopolitical narratives to examine the unresolved tensions between market-driven systems, consumerism, and American Indian cultural self-determination.

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