Art And Science At Central Saint Martins

Art And Science At Central Saint Martins
The Central Saint Martins MA in Art and Science is a pioneering course that investigates the creative relationships between art and science, and how to communicate them.


The relationship between art and science expands the boundaries of understanding and invention. It challenges our view of the world. Through their work, artists and scientists contribute to a greater understanding of life in the age of the Anthropocene and how we relate to the world around us. Both require creative insight in their quest for knowledge, and focus on developing new ways in which the innovative nature of their discoveries can be communicated and understood.


The young artist of today need no longer say ‘I’m a painter’ or ‘a poet’ or ‘a dancer.’ [They] are simply an ‘artist’, and embrace a way of life that is in its entirety, open to them. – Allan Kaprow



Manlin Zhang: Delicate Future

Delicate Future takes its inspiration from the ‘overview effect’, which refers to the cognitive shift reported by astronaughts while viewing the Earth from space. This profound experience alters their perception of life on our planet, often fostering a sense of connection and fragility. By exploring the overview effect, we gain a deeper understanding of the Earth as a delicate and interconnected system.


Xiaohan Jia: Nine Realms

This project is a recreation of Norse mythology, where emotions and fantasies come together and are represented in familiar and unfamiliar ways. It explores the creation of ideologies and the portrayal of historically based literature within a particular cultural context. Nine Realms harnesses the power of the imagination to bring the Nordic myths back to life, using expressive ambient music, abstract painting and timeless story-telling techniques.


Sophie Bryer: Finding You Here

Finding You Here concludes a two-year autoethnographic investigation into life’s continuity and emotional resonance through people, place and the works created by an individual – revealing how we live like archeologists on the fragments left behind. An articulation of the memory left in the negative space, archived moments are suspended in the present, and traces etched into curved surfaces echo the academic work of a grandfather never known; Lancashire yarn weaves the threads of enquiry between them, mapping a life from Burnley to Bristol, and the white sands of Morar.


Nina Gonzalez-Park, Sophie Bryer, and Nandhit Reddy Vasanth: The Amaryllis Experiment

This collaboration proposes an innovative approach to framing, inviting visitors to actively engage with the work by blurring the line between observer and participant. The Amaryllis Experiment pays homage to connection and aims to illuminate and redefines the connection between the art and its environment, or surrounding context. This challenges our preconceived notions of a works boundaries, and demonstrates how subject transforms object.


Mark Burden: Marilyn Monroe

Inspired by J.G. Ballard’s “The Atrocity Exhibition”, M. Burden has developed a surrealist collage exploring the sudden death of the author’s wife, surveillance, and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


Ziwei Wang: Judge Classroom

“After experiencing a Chinese-style education and a Western education, I found that the Chinese-style system often judged the student’s personality unconsciously. In this piece I aim to visualise the so-called teacher and school’s judgment on its students. In this space, there are many certifications, badges and awards. The awards in particular, are a teachers’ assessment and definition of us. Included in the centre of the piece is a book, ‘Guilty’. In this book, Chinese students, including myself, received letters of “crime” in Chinese-style education. I hope to subvert this by highlighting the problems and crimes inherent to the Chinese-style education system itself, which still mostly remain unnoticed.”


Vidya Lalgudi Jaishankar: Talk to Liminillians

The evolution of spoken language is highly characterised by vowel vocalisations, cross-modality, gestures, and prosodies, which are considered the peripherals of language. In the liminal space between verbal and non-verbal communication systems, these peripherals become principle elements of omnivorous and inclusive communication. This interactive installation allows for re-engagement with vowel vocalisations by communicating with digital ‘Liminilian’ entities, which are designed to express different colours, shapes and tempos based on each vowel. They have been trained using cutting edge developments in AI technology.


Nandhit Reddy Vasanth: The Big Electron

The Big Electron is a time(less) machine forged through the infinite expanse of existence, and eludes our limited perception. Inspired by George Carlin’s closing remarks in his 1992 stand-up special, Jammin’ in New York, where he envisions the universe as a pulsating ball of energy: it does not give nor take, does not reward nor punish and simply exists for a little while. The machine invites us to activate its movements by turning the wheels of time, taking us on a journey that traverses ancient cultures and enigmatic futures. It urges us to shelve our anxieties, find repose, and simply exist for a little while.


Sidyney Ender: FutureProof

FutureProof is a series of dried cellulose lamps. When warm light shines through dried cellulose fibres, it seems to penetrate them, revealing a subtle and complex pattern that is reminiscent of volcanic landscapes. The fibres almost look as if they are alive, pulsating with energy, and representing their own unique microcosm. They are a world within themselves.

Cellulose is a highly sustainable and environmentally friendly material that holds many potential applications. It is a renewable resource that is biodegradable, and seamlessly interacts with the wider environment in this way. Moreover, the production of dried cellulose requires a low amount of energy and therefore has a low carbon footprint. Sidney’s work aims to contribute to a long-standing discussion on the importance of sustainable practices both in and beyond the worlds of science, art and design.