Here, I am finding a way that arts and science talk.
I have not found a convincing path to this yet, I am finding little by little.
I am a physicist and a choreographer/dancer.
So, science and arts, together, found at least one media to coexist, which is me.
I am using myself as an arena to explore the connection/coexistence/something common in science and arts.
In a sense, I am separating myself and myself, one corresponding to the experimental object and the other exploring this object curiously and analytically.
This is a self exploration, and only true in me (and for some others), and it may not be true in others.
I do have a feeling it is not the results/final products of science and arts that connect the two, but it is the attitudes in which how we engage ourselves in arts and science, the relationship that I have with them.
I have no concrete answer.
I am exploring...
Oct. 15, 2013
For the first time, I found a coherent coexistence of arts and science that was convincing to me:
Einstein on the Beach.
Unfortunately I did not see the performance in LA... I have been in Waterloo, Canada since July for a stay of four months. Of course, I could have gone back, but the importance of this opera work gradually realized in me and peaked on the last day of its performance, and so time wise, I couldnot have flew back to make it to the performance.
In the end I am using a lot of imagination, which I may have gained more because I did not get to see it, but I lost amounts of inspiration and some realization because I did not see it in real.
Instead, I am listening to the full music, and some excerpts of the work on youtube and some documentary and interviews on youtube that are available.
How beautiful this work is.
How touching this work is for me.
It is touching because it resonates with the solitude that you develop and work with when you are a physicist.
You endow yourself with equations, sentences around equations, you fight with yourself to let yourself understand things that did not seem to preexist in you, but you try to find a room for it in you, but try to connect with something you knew before, you trust yourself that you understand, you become patient with yourself, sometime let it sit for a while to see if the state changes and settle in your brain to see if you start to see more naturally. It is a battle of solitude.
If you want something that has a consistent form to come out, you want to have this time of solitude in you. There are apparent, agreed-upon equations and statements, but in between these steps, there is a path /story for each of us, this is the solitude. you have the path integral. It could take any way. but until you find your own way, you will not understand. that is why solitude is essential.
It is very repetitive in some sense; every step you require this process.
Repetitioin, Solitude, Patience, Immersing yourself in those and expanding the world that they belong to.
I see these in Einstein on the Beach.
Watch a beautiful interview with Robert Wilson, Philip Glass, Lucinda Childs moderated by Cal Performances' Director Matias Tarnopolsky
Documentary Einstein on the Beach: The Changing Image of Opera 1984
and some excerpt
and here is Harmonic Oscillators in Life: