Review: The daVinci Pursuit Mini-Experience 

click to enlarge John Anderson's 'drawbot.'
  • John Anderson's 'drawbot.'

It's inconveniently true that we need a more science-savvy citizenry like polar bears need sea ice. Inconvenient, because science is as appetizing as rancid broccoli to most of us. The daVinci Pursuit, a new local nonprofit, dishes up a fusion cuisine solution: Use the arts to add spice to science learning by engaging our senses.

Their first “mini experience” served tapas of sound, sight and touch. Harpist Melissa Gallant and computer musician Michael Drews played an improvisational duet, with Drews digitally sampling and altering Gallant’s acoustic music — sort of a cyborg jam session. Engineer John Anderson’s “drawbot,” suspended like Spiderman on computer-controlled strings, drew fractal patterns as it wall-crawled. Designer Scott Cover’s cast-molded miniature building blocks, engineered for high stress tolerance and precision fit, exemplified how science and art can snuggle.

Mark Kesling, daVinci Pursuit’s CEO, has a full pantry of ideas for future projects. Next on the menu: the “reflection/refraction flash sculpture” event at Big Car. Feb. 3 at Wug Laku's Studio and Garage.


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