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The Cosmos


Art Co-Juror:

is passionate about creating moments in peoples lives where they interact with something beautiful, meaningful, and/or possibly profound. During the day, he is the “Visual Strategist” at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he develops artistic ways of communicating about its space missions and research work.

After hours, Dan works on creative collaborative projects that have been exhibited around the world including the Swiss Technorama Science Center, BMW/ Avenue Georges V in Paris, the Atlanta International Airport, the Exploratorium, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, JPL/NASA, Nevada Discovery Museum, Nevada Museum of Art, Pasadena Museum of California Art, San Jose International Airport, and in outer space. He has given public talks at: TEDx Youth in Hollywood, Art Center College of Design, GOOD Magazine Symposium, Koshland Science Museum, Nokia, Pixar, SIAS University in China, USC, and the 7th Workshop on Space and the Arts, among many others.

Dan was valedictorian of his class at Art Center College of Design, in 2011 he received the Silver International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) in the Environments category for his collaborative piece, “eCLOUD” about visualizing global weather data; and in 2012, he was named “One of the most interesting people in Los Angeles" by the LAWeekly. Currently, Dan is working on the challenge of evocatively depicting a "hole through the earth" for SIAS University in China and it's sister school in the USA.

Dan's website:
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Science Co-Juror:

is emeritus professor of history and philosophy of science at University College London. He is fascinated by the nature of creative thinking and, in particular, in creativity in art (on the one hand) and science (on the other). What are the similarities, what are the differences? An experienced broadcaster, lecturer and biographer, he is noted for being able to write engagingly about complex social and intellectual dramas, weaving the personal with the scientific to produce thoroughly-researched works that read like novels.

His forthcoming book is entitled The New Avant-Garde: Dispatches from the Edge of Art & Science. It tells the story of how art and science developed in parallel in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries. To research it, he interviewed leading figures in the world of contemporary science-influenced art and has spent time and lectured at CERN, the MIT Media Lab, Le Laboratoire, the School of Visual Arts/New York, and Ars Electronica, among others. This year he was a juror for the Prix Ars Electronica for Hybrid Art.

His most-recently published book, entitled Deciphering the Cosmic Number: The Strange Friendship of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung (W.W. Norton, 2009), is the story of the eccentric physicist Wolfgang Pauli and his encounters with the psychologist Jung. The paperback version is entitled 137: Jung, Pauli, and the Pursuit of a Scientific Obsession (W.W. Norton, 2010). His other books include Empire of the Stars (Little Brown, 2005), on the astrophysicist Chandrasekhar who discovered black holes, which was shortlisted for the 2006 Aventis Prize for Science Books, and Einstein, Picasso (Basic Books, 2001), the story of Einstein and Picasso and the unexpected ways in which aesthetics influenced Einstein and science influenced Picasso. It was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

In 2011 he co-curated the exhibition "Art & Science: Merging Art & Science to Make a Revolutionary New Art Movement" at GV Art gallery in London. Click here for the online exhibition catalog.

Arthur's website:

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