Art and Science: New Approaches in the Making, Process, and Development of New Materials

By Teresa Almeida.

Published by The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts

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Today glass art presents itself as contemporary and innovative search for a component connected with research and experimentation. A link was forged between art and science, a discovery and use of a new knowledge in which a close relationship between the scientist and the artist is encouraged, through the development of new materials, such as the luminescent glass. The main premises of this relationship are: a theoretical and practical component for a glass study, glass science and technology as means to produce future glass works, the interface art/science and the creation of glass works. In this art-making practice, I would like to emphasise the use of new materials in contemporary glass art. The objects made are colourless under normal lighting conditions; it behaves as a monochromatic composition and their aesthetic value changes exposing them to UV light. Several colours can be integrated using the lanthanide oxides, and new harmonious chromatic concepts can be explored. One of the main objectives of this work was to study the effects of light in art works using luminescent glasses under ultraviolet radiation.

Keywords: Art and Science, Light Effects, Luminescent Art Glass, Rare Earth Oxides

The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 9.222MB).

Dr Teresa Almeida

Assistant Teacher, Painting Department, Faculdade de Belas Artes, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal

Teresa Almeida is studying for a PhD in Art Studies at the University of Aveiro. In 2003, Almeida completed a Masters in Glass at the University of Sunderland, England, and in 2001–2002, two Post-graduation certificates on “Glass and Architecture” and in “Glass and Fine Art” at Central Saint Martin’s College, London, England. In 1996/2001, Almeida completed a BA (HONS) at the Faculty of Fine Art, Oporto University in Fine Art Painting. In 2009, Almeida was invited as a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Fine Art, Oporto University. Since 2006, Almeida has been a part of the research Unit I&D Vidro e Cerâmica para as Arte (VICARTE), in FCT/UNL Campus, with the Project “O vidro artístico na impressão 2D e 3D”. Almeida received an award in 2009: “Honourable Mention, Jutta Cuny Franz Memorial Award”, Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, Germany, and has participated in several international congresses and exhibitions in: Holland, Luxemburg, Belgium, USA, U.K, Hong Kong, Denmark, Ukraine, Portugal. Had scholarship from Pilchuck Glass School, E.U.A. and Fundação Luso–Americana.