6&6: A transdisciplinary approach to art-science collaboration

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Despite an historical connection between the arts and sciences, in the past century, the two disciplines have been greatly siloed. However, there is a renewed interest in collaboration across the arts and sciences to support conservation practice by understanding and communicating complex environmental, social, and cultural challenges in novel ways. 6&6 was created as a transdisciplinary art–science initiative to promote a deeper appreciation of the Sonoran Desert. Six artists and six scientists were paired to create work that explored conservation issues in the Sonoran Desert and the Gulf of California. In-depth interviews were conducted with the artists and scientists throughout the 4-year initiative to understand the impact of 6&6 on their personal and professional behaviors and outlook. The findings from this case study reveal the role that intensive, place-based, and transdisciplinary art–science programs can play in shaping narratives to better communicate the patterns and processes of nature and human–environment interactions.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title 6&6: A transdisciplinary approach to art-science collaboration
Series title BioScience
DOI 10.1093/biosci/biaa076
Volume 70
Issue 9
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher Oxford Academic
Contributing office(s) Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center
Description 9 p.
First page 821
Last page 829
Country Mexico, United States
State Arizona, Baja California, Baja California Sur, California, Sonora
Other Geospatial Sonoran Desert
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