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The Lab: Creativity and Culture
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The Lab: Creativity and Culture [Kindle Edition]

David Edwards

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"[Edwards] offers a vivid sense of what he is trying to achieve and conveys it with winning enthusiasm." --Times Higher Education, 16 December 2010

"It is inspiring to read a book about a man who combines being a scientific researcher with an artistic visionary, coupled with a genuine concern for humanitarian issues around the world." --Andrew Smith, Chemistry World, 1 December 2010

"In The Lab, Edwards outlines the advantage of merging art and science, two traditionally separate disciplines...It is the marriage of the these, he argues, which best brings innovation...Edwards is an inspirational man, bringing solutions to things like global health through a more creative approach."
--Engineering & Technology, 1 February 2011, Amy Spurling

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The Lab explains the idea of the “culture lab,” Edwards’ concept for experimental art and design centers like those he recently founded in Paris and at Harvard. He presents the lab as a new kind of educational art studio based on a contemporary science lab model, and he shows how students learn by translating ideas alongside experienced creators by exhibiting risky experimental processes in gallery settings.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1392 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (28 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BR1ZCU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #735,060 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Obsessive name-dropping and mind-numbing laundry lists 13 Feb 2012
By florian.markowetz - Published on
If it helps me to do a better job in science, I am happy to revitalize my lab with anything -- so I was really looking forward to reading The Lab.

But it's hard to underestimate my disappointment: Half of The Lab looks like a mind-numbing laundry list of how long it took to get how many Harvard undergrads into this-and-that TwoWord project: ArtScience, MuseTrek, CityTrek, ArtWise, FoodLab, LaboShop, TechPoint, ... to name just a few of them. And all of this topped up with obsessive name-dropping from famous French chefs to even more non-famous undergrads. To make things even worse, until the end I wondered what all of that had to do with the grilling and barbecuing the cover promises.

I am sure that Edwards had a great time in his lab and his students produced cool stuff. But in The Lab the excitement that must have been part of many artist-scientist collaborations drowns in unnecessary detail: dates, names, locations of product launches. I learned less about the creativity and culture behind Le Whif than about how hectic the launch had been.

Then I realized that The Lab is just very badly edited. The book should be read in reverse order! Chapter 2 alludes to all the projects that are explained only in the second half of the bood. Reading about `breathable food' is quite confusing before someone bothers to tell you what it is. And the Ryoji/Gross artist/mathematician project on visualizing Cantor's Set (p36) makes much more sense if you know more about the two collaborators (p83+).

Some bits and pieces of The Lab are really engaging (for example the Ryoji/Gross story once you get to it, or Hugo van Vuuren and the microbial fuel cells to lighten up Africa) but these good parts are completely overshadowed by long, unreflected lists of dates and peoples.

It's really a pity: I'm sure a good editor -not afraid of cutting and sewing- could have rescued The Lab and its message of creativity and innovation.

Full review and more at Scientific B-sides on Wordpress.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice writing style, sometimes reads like an infomercial 10 Jan 2012
By Likes_Books - Published on
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Although there is much to like about The Lab, it sometimes seemed that the author was more interested in writing about his lab than the field in general. That said, his passion for artscience collaborations is evident, as it was in his earlier book on ArtScience. The author's enthusiastic writing style makes it easy to get into the text and the various projects discussed. Those who are looking for a comprehensive overview may find the focus on his own work compromises the overall thrust of the book
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Business model for artscience 5 Aug 2011
By J.Shin - Published on
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In this book, the author extends his view of art and science (or vice versa) collaboration described in his previous book, 'Artscience'. If the previous book lays a foundation of what artscience is about, this book describes how one can go about realizing it. The author describes his experience in 'practicing' artscience - people create new products in a R&D laboratory, use a museum as a space to get feedback from potential customers (like peer-reviewed journal for science), and if successful, manufacture and distribute products. This reminds me of Museum of Modern Art which has this kind of business model for some products derived from exhibitions. It will be interesting to see if this model can be extended to some aspects of medical R&D and product development, which I think what the author is also hoping for as well.
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