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LEON 54.3 - Conversations in Caves

This article takes the form of a discussion between Flora Parrott (an artist) and Harriet Hawkins (a geographer), who first brought together their existing interests in caves and the underground in 2015. Gully Cave (southwest England), a site of their shared “fieldwork,” and two experimental workshops offer the context to reflect on their evolving work together.

LEON 54.3 - Defining the Role of “Relational Producer” in Arts and-Health Collaborations in Hospitals: A Reflection on Catalysts and Partnerships

As the profile of the arts-and-health sector grows and interdisciplinary projects with public outcomes become more common, it is useful to explore roles and ways of working at the interface between different disciplines. The authors analyze the complex role of producer, likely to become increasingly relevant in this landscape. While incorporating aspects of existing roles (e.g.

LEON 54.3 - Graphical Data Sets as Compositional Structure: Sonification of Color Graphs in RGB for Clarinet and Piano

This article follows the methodology behind the composition of the author's piece RGB (2019) for clarinet and piano, a sonification of four color graphs generated from Jackson Pollock's Out of the Web (1949). The article demonstrates the process of “mapping” data to sound while creating allowances for compositional intuition.

LEON 54.3 - Inner Rhythms: Vessels as a Sustained Brain-Body Performance Practice

Vessels is a brain-body performance practice that combines flute improvisation with live, sonified brain and body data. This article describes the genesis of this performance practice, which coevolved with the author’s brain-music interfacing and physiological data sonification methods. The author presents these novel interface designs and discusses how the affordances and constraints of these systems reflect onto her brain-body performance technique.

LEON 54.3 - Making Sense of Variations in the Visual Depiction of DNA

Depictions of DNA span a variety of aesthetic choices for presenting the details of DNA. One important consideration is the didactic intent of the illustrator: What do they want the audience to know? Another issue to consider is change over time: Knowledge about DNA has become increasingly sophisticated over six decades, and this contributes to the variety of visual depictions. One way to make sense of these aesthetic decisions is to trace them historically through four phases.

LEON 54.3 - Art as Refuge: The Symbolic Transformation of an Electronic Installation in the Midst of Chile’s Social Unrest

This position statement describes the transformation of an interactive installation from an instrumental piece of art and science pedagogy into a meaningful performative piece, which forced its creators to adopt a political stance in the light of a period of social unrest taking place in Chile beginning in October 2019. It describes how an apparently nonpartisan installation transitioned into a tool for political expression and refuge. It also allowed the artists to rethink their role in the community as facilitators of art spaces for self-dialogue.