This roundtable will discuss ways that collaboration can expand the boundaries of scientific research. Multidisciplinary approaches to experimental exploration can reveal novel phenomena and educate experts and public alike about scientific and artistic processes. In this roundtable we will address the role of art/music/movement in the traditional scientific process, and the role of science in art/music/movement.

About this roundtable series
In academia, each discipline has its own rules for research. What happens to research methods when disciplines combine, morph, flex, and go rogue? This roundtable brings together researchers across disciplines to share tools, resources, methods, and philosophies with one another. Each session will feature 2-3 guests and related readings that expand on the idea of ‘research’ in relationship to themes like experimentation, play, archives, and performance. Participants will co-develop language to describe this emerging field.

Suzanne Dikker’s research merges cognitive neuroscience, education, and performance art in an effort to understand the brain basis of human social interaction. Together with media artist Matthias Oostrik and other collaborators from both the sciences and the arts, she uses portable EEG (emotiv) in a series of crowd-sourcing neuroscience experiments / interactive brain installations that investigate the role of brainwave synchronization between two or more people in successful communication.

These experiments are executed outside of traditional laboratory settings, such as schools and museums (e.g. the American Museum of Natural History, the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Eye Institute Amsterdam). After completing her PhD in Linguistics at New York University, Suzanne received postdoctoral training at the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology and New York University. She is currently affiliated as a researcher with New York University (Departments of Psychology; Poeppel Lab) and Utrecht University, with support from the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (VENI Award) and the National Science Foundation (NSF-INSPIRE). She further curates the Annual Watermill Art & Science: Insights into Consciousness Workshop.

Lauren Silbert, PhD, is a neuroscientist who studies the underlying neural correlates of communication. Her work focuses on interactive neuroscience where she has developed new technology and analytical tools to study the interaction between brains and the neurobiology that facilitates communication. Her work is published in multiple scientific journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Journal of Neuroscience, and Neuron, and has been featured on radio shows such as NPR’s Radiolab and Voice of America. Lauren is also a visual installation artist whose work has been publicly displayed in Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. Lauren has a PhD in Neuroscience from Princeton University, a Masters in Neuroscience from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, a Masters in Psychology from NYU, and a Bachelors in biology and photography from the University of Pennsylvania.

Rachel Haberstroh is an artist, writer, activist, and educator. She plays with light, builds games, directs faux exercise videos, organizes Millennial Focus Group, and belongs to an intersectional feminist studio collective.