Science and the visual arts both utilize the image as a means of producing, analysing and disseminating information explaining our complex relationship to the world. The composition of an image can sometimes remove us from seeing it as data and we can sometimes connect with the context of the data. The agency of the image as a ‘visual language’ operates within defined cultural, political and discipline specific contexts. These contexts influence methodological approaches to representing knowledge that in turn impact our perception and understanding of the world and our place within it. The power and authority of the image upon our collective perceptual frameworks is indeed profound and far-reaching.
Science and the arts are often seen as being at odds and yet share critical similarities in the ways in which they are used to explain our relationship to environment. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to ‘knowing’ are equally valuable when it comes to understanding how data is collected, interpreted and translated. By sharing expertise between these disciplines we are able to be critically aware of the impact of the ways in which we disseminate information, and its flow on effect in the formation of policy, opinion and general awareness.