Sunday, April 24, 2016

Unit 4
Medtech and Art

Having done my pre-med courses, I am very familiar with the close connection of medicine and art. This lecture allowed me to look at plastic surgeons, general physicians and orthodontists as more than just medical professionals, but as artists. This lecture also gave me a more artistic perspective on the human body. Bodies- an exhibit portraying the human body as art- dissected down to the human muscular system and allowed for an emotional/artistic look at us. This exhibit is a great example of how med-tech can flawlessly be combined with art.

Prosthetic technology is another perfect example of this weeks lecture on medicine, technology and art. Prosthetic body parts are made using exact measurements and modern sensors. All the while maintaining amazing aesthetics. Additionally, prosthetic body parts are evolving with the advance of new technologies in many ways relating to the evolution of art. 

As stated before, medical professionals can be thought as artists in many different ways. Plastic surgeons reconstruct the face or body to create a more aesthetic look for individuals. Likewise, orthodontists use their tools and training to reconstruct a more desirable smile for patients. Additionally, professor Vesna's lecture stated that many medical equipment’s- X-ray's and MRI's -are in many ways forms of art. 


Vesna, Victoria."Medicine pt2." UC online. YouTube. 21 Apr. 2012. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.

Vesna, Victoria."Medicine pt1." UC online. YouTube. 21 Apr. 2012. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.

Vesna, Victoria."Medicine pt3.". UC online. YouTube. 21 Apr. 2012. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.

Casini, S."Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as Mirror and Portrait: MRI Configurations between Science and the Arts." Configurations 19.1 (2011). Project MUSE, Web. 24 Apr. 2016.

"At Apexart, Aesthetics of Plastic Surgery." The New York Times. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Unit 3
Robotics and art

Every electronic, mechanical and industrial device as we know it would cease to exist if not for the industrial revolution. In fact, industrialization is partially responsible for combining robotics and art so successfully. It has also given birth to mass production, which was introduced by Gutenberg- allowing for fast and mass development of any product. However, just like anything, too much of one thing can have a negative effect. In the "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" by Walter Benjamin's, Benjamin points these negatives out and states how mass production can diminish arts "aura." He goes on to state that mass production of art takes away from its originality and creativity. Personally, I can somewhat agree with Benjamin's statements towards art and mass production. Almost every music album published today has the same reoccurring electronic drop that most consumers tend to predict within seconds of listening.
(Electronic music combining electronics/robotics with art) 

Benjamin had a great point when it came to the negative effect of mass production on art, however, mass production is synonymous with economic growth. In today's world, mass production is essential when it comes to many of the basic things needed for survival.
(car mass production made possible my machines and essential in today's world) 

Additionally, we can see many examples in which art has influenced robotics and technology. In the book Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury predicted many of the electronic devices used today long before they were invented. Devices such as headphones and small music players in the book may have helped spark ideas for large companies in creating IPods and wireless headphones. 

Benjamin, Walter. "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction." New York, 1936. Print.

Derousseau , Ryan.  "4 Facts to Consider When Buying Ford Stock" US News. US News, 30 Dec. 2015. Web. 17 Apr. 2016. 

Lim , Angelica. "What Roboticists Can Learn From Art, and What Artists Can Learn From RobotsIEEE. Xplore libraries, Web. 17 Apr. 2016. 

Vesna, Victoria. "Robotics". YouTube, 15 Apr. 2012. Web. 17 Apr. 2016.

Tsukayama, Hayley "10 Ray Bradbury predictions that came true" BDN nation, Web. 17 Apr. 2016. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Unit 2 
Math and Art

As a psychology major, my course work does not depend heavily on mathematics. However, psychology is a science and I have now come to understand the close relation of art and science. This week’s lecture jumped into math and art, which allowed me to get broader view of the relation of the two. Similar to professor Vesna, I too had a bad experience with math teachers early on. This pushed me towards art, and i began to fall in love with it. Thinking about it now, i never really understood the relation of the two when i drew. However, i began to see the relation more and more as I grew up and was able to see it much more clearly because of this weeks lecture. 

(Technology using math to create art)  

This week's topic dove into how math and art relate to one another. In fact they not only relate together but also in many ways rely on each other as well- artists using mathematics to create art. In lecture, i was able to obtain an even deeper understanding of the two cultures and come to learn about artificial and natural perspectives. This perspective allows for a more realistic and accurate drawing of living things and other objects. Leonardo da Vinci was one of the biggest contributors in this movement of combining the two cultures and the Vitruvian man shows this. The Vitruvian is the perfect example to learning about the Golden ratio. The Golden ratio defines human aesthetics and uses math (geometry) and art to do so. 

(Science, geometry, and art coming together) 

M.C. Escher is another huge contributor to combining the two fields together perfectly. He was able to master this by using geometry and incorporating other artistic components to create art. The combination of math, science and art allows for the creation of beautiful art. 

(building depicting Math and Art) 

   Nikko. Math Art Head. Digital image. Interactive Math. N.p., n.d. Web. <>.

    Chi, Kim. Science Edu Art. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web.              <>.

25 World Famous Buildings. Digital image. Creative Blogq. N.p., n.d. Web. <>.

Vesna, Victoria. "" Cole UC online. Youtube. Web accessed. 10 Apr. 2016.

Abbott, Edwin. "Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions." N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Week 1
Two cultures

As Snow stated, my studies in psychology are heavily dependent on chemistry, neuroscience, and even physics. Even though my studies and focus remains to be in the scientific category, my interests have also peaked into literature. As a psychology major, these two cultures have managed to fit perfectly with each other even though they are completely different disciplines. Snow discusses this when he states that different studies are fixed to their areas. As difficult it was to see at first, i began to witness this idea as i walked to class and discuss it with fellow students. 

science meets art

This concept can be seen throughout UCLA. As i mentioned before, i began to notice the close connection between the two cultures -science and humanities- as i continued my studies into my senior year. And although Brockman argued that there is a strong separation when it came to the two studies, many believe that the two can coexist wonderfully together. 

a scientific mind and artistic mind coexisting

Furthermore, UCLA's campus is the perfect example of the separation of the two cultures. This can be seen geographically. North campus offers the linguistic/humanities studies, and South campus offers the sciences and computer classes. This separation makes it difficult for students to interact with other students in different studies. 
 UCLA's campus at night


Brockman, John. The Third Culture. N.p.: n.p. 1995. Print.

HADAS. Combining Science and the Art of Body Painting. Digital image. Funticles. N.p., n.d. Web.            <>.

Robotic Art. Digital image. Wood. N.p., n.d. Web. <         and-technology.html>.

Snow, C. P. “Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution.” Reading. 1959. New York: Cambridge UP,          1961. Print.

UCLA. Ucla Campus. Digital image. Visit Ucla. N.p., n.d. Web. <>.