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Portraits of Thought: Diagrams in Art and Science

Category : Design Talk, Kyoto, Japan · by Jan 18th, 2019

Did you ever reflected on all those paintings and diagrams you see in science books?  Maybe I haven’t, until today.

Portraits of Thought

Well, Michael Whittle is a researcher of those kind of diagrams. His background is in biochemistry and fine art. He is currently living in Kyoto and his works are based on the findings of scientific research and realised in the form of contemporary art. His PhD thesis is titled as Romantic-Objectivism: Diagrammatic thought in contemporary art.

The exhibition Portraits of Thought: Diagrams in Art and Science is consisted of Whittle’s collection of scientific diagrams and his paintings. The space feels like the meeting point of science and art and invokes a specific geeky cheer inside, which I have never realised I ever had.

Portraits of Thought: Diagrams in Art and Science is at The Kyoto University Museum, until February 3rd.

You can see Whittle’s works on his website. https://www.michael-whittle.com/

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