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WGBH Forum Network; Unicorn in Captivity, The: Science Helping Art

01/18/2006

The Unicorn in Captivity: Science Helping Art David Chudnovsky, director, IMAS Gregory Chudnovsky, director, IMAS To create an exact visual reproduction of one of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Unicorn Tapestries, digital cameras photographed every inch. When the hundreds of digital photographic files didn't fit smoothly together, the Chudnovsky brothers, co-directors of the Institute for Mathematics and Advanced Supercomputing, were brought in to solve the mystery. Art and science have continually flirted over the centuries. Both investigate. Both involve theories and transforming information into something else. This lecture is a part of a Museum of Science series "When Science Meets Art", which examines the mysterious symbiosis of science with art through the ingenuity of those shattering the boundaries between the two fields. Listen to other lectures from the "When Science Meets Art" series: Extreme Makeover: Mural Edition Music and The Invasion of Technology


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WGBH Forum Network
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Unicorn in Captivity, The: Science Helping Art
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1770

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THE UNICORN IN CAPTIVITY: SCIENCE HELPING ART DAVID CHUDNOVSKY, DIRECTOR, IMAS GREGORY CHUDNOVSKY, DIRECTOR, IMAS

TO CREATE AN EXACT VISUAL REPRODUCTION OF ONE OF THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART'S UNICORN TAPESTRIES, DIGITAL CAMERAS PHOTOGRAPHED EVERY INCH. WHEN THE HUNDREDS OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHIC FILES DIDN'T FIT SMOOTHLY TOGETHER, THE CHUDNOVSKY BROTHERS, CO-DIRECTORS OF THE INSTITUTE FOR MATHEMATICS AND ADVANCED SUPERCOMPUTING, WERE BROUGHT IN TO SOLVE THE MYSTERY.

ART AND SCIENCE HAVE CONTINUALLY FLIRTED OVER THE CENTURIES. BOTH INVESTIGATE. BOTH INVOLVE THEORIES AND TRANSFORMING INFORMATION INTO SOMETHING ELSE. THIS LECTURE IS A PART OF A MUSEUM OF SCIENCE SERIES "WHEN SCIENCE MEETS ART", WHICH EXAMINES THE MYSTERIOUS SYMBIOSIS OF SCIENCE WITH ART THROUGH THE INGENUITY OF THOSE SHATTERING THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN THE TWO FIELDS.

LISTEN TO OTHER LECTURES FROM THE "WHEN SCIENCE MEETS ART" SERIES:

EXTREME MAKEOVER: MURAL EDITION MUSIC AND THE INVASION OF TECHNOLOGY

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Chicago: “WGBH Forum Network; Unicorn in Captivity, The: Science Helping Art,” 01/18/2006, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 11, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_87493BC7E3B5413AA2F844C1F0BD9BC5.
MLA: “WGBH Forum Network; Unicorn in Captivity, The: Science Helping Art.” 01/18/2006. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 11, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_87493BC7E3B5413AA2F844C1F0BD9BC5>.
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