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Phylogenetic mobile of sequenced mammals

Phylogenetic trees show the evolutionary relationships between animals. This is a scientifically accurate scale model of a phylogenetic tree with the thirty mammals whose genomes have been sequenced. The full size mobile, measuring about 20 feet across, hangs in the lobby of the Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA.

Catalyst Conversations with Heather Dewey-Hagborg

2 October 2013 — Catalyst Conversations. Genomics: Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Bang Wong

In different ways, Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Bang Wong both transcend the traditional division between science and art. Each uses data as a starting point and then employs tools and techniques from both the science and art realms in order to visualize that data. One place where they diverge is in the outcomes of their work. For Bang Wong, the outcome is essentially scientific: the results seek to explicate patterns and understand relationships in the data in order to make sense of complex systems. In the case of Heather Dewy-Hagborg’s Stranger Visions project, the result is essentially artistic: she uses a visual art piece to provoke thought and conversations about the role that DNA plays in our public interactions by creating an object. For Dewey-Hagborg and Wong, the boundary between science and art is fluid; and each is centralto our understanding of the world.

Presenting with Heather Dewey-Hagborg at MFA School

1 October 2013 — Part of the Four Sculptors series at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Genomics: Art of the hypothetical

20130.07.13 — A profile of Daniel Kohn’s art installation at the Broad

Institute of Contemporary Art Boston

11 October 2012 — Presenting Gallery Talk with David Weinberg and Lois Hetland at Institute of Contemporary Art Boston. A program for Josiah McElheny’s Some Pictures of the Infinite.

David Weinberg—collaborator on Josiah McElheny’s riveting Island Universe and other works—joins Bang Wong and Lois Hetland, author of Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education, in a discussion that explores the challenges of creating visual representations of scientific knowledge. The exchange of ideas offers a glimpse into how scientists visualize data for public consumption, and identifies similarities practiced by visual artists.

• David Weinberg, Professof of Astronomy, Ohio State University
• Bang Wong, Creative Director, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University
• Lois Hetland, Professor of Art Education, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

STEM to STEAM workshop at RISD

20 January 2011 – Participating in STEM to STEAM workshop hosted by RISD President John Maeda.

Bridging STEM to STEAM: Developing New Frameworks for Art-Science-Design Pedagogy
The workshop will bring together 60 leaders in fields of Science, Creative IT, Engineering, Art and Design, Mathematics and Education Research to examine and develop strategies for enhancing STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Math] education through the integration of Art and Design thinking.

Hosted by RISD President John Maeda and Provost Jessie Shefrin, the gathering is designed to initiate discussion of how to bridge STEM education practices and creative problem solving [turning “STEM to STEAM”] as an innovative educational approach. Providing a platform and network to explore current and possible developments in interdisciplinary understanding, perception, communication and research practices through creative enquiry and insight.

Genome Sequencing as Public Art for ASCP

13 October 2010 – Genome Sequencing as Public Art for ASCP

Einstein Meets Picasso at Brandeis University

11 May 2010 — A panel presentation on the innovative ways educators are making connections between science and art. Prominent arts educators and administrators will share the exciting ways they integrate science and art in their programs and curricula. Featuring:

• Bang Wong, Creative Director, Broad Institute
• Leila Kinney, Director of Arts Initiatives, MIT
• Lisa Monrose, Program Manager, Museum of Science
• Todd Bartel, Gallery Director, Garthwaite Ctr for Science & Art at Cambridge School of Weston
• Suelin Chen, Ph.D. student in Materials Science & Engineering, artist, MIT


Working with Todd Golub and others, we organize the artist-in-residence program at Broad Institute. The focus is to enable artist and scientist to interact with each other, and for each to the see how the other approaches and solves problems. The hope is for artist to help scientist do better science and for scientist to […]