Aesthetics & Je Ne Sais Quoi in the Processes and Products of Academia and Design



Initiatives such as the creation of STEAM from the widely known STEM Collaborative (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, Math) recognized that art and the humanities are irrefutably core components of any production of knowledge. The affects of art and aesthetics are not easily qualified or quantified so they become easily dismissed.



Yet, you know when it is gone.                                                                                                                                                         The project, the experiment, the writing, the building, the meeting feels… off, or less than. No one knows what it is and it feels wrong, but something is missing, a certain je ne sais quoi that would make it right. This proposed session will attempt to discuss and explain the inexplicable. Through examples across the humanities (science to art) we will try to tease out the aesthetics that collectively balance the senses of perception and emit a signal of ‘rightness’ to the observing  majority.

The focus and structure of this presentation/poster/session/?  is guided by a Question

(Are there people who don’t appreciate a good view?)………………… and a Joke

(Q: How many Surrealists does it take to screw in a light bulb? A:Knock-Knock).

Proposed by: Marissa Selena Molinar, MA (Comparative Art & Archaeology)                                         PhD Candidate_Archaeology. University of Florida                            


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About Marissa Molinar

I am currently a PhD candidate in Archaeology (University of Florida, Anthropology). My broad specialty is Comparative Art & Archaeology. My specific research includes: SE California Great Basin petroglyphs (rock art), the social production of art and artists, and physical and metaphysical theories of landscape, movement and transformation. ***I consider myself to be a somewhat smart and lucky (albeit financially inept) person. I read everything, I was the original foodie, I prefer Dune to Star Wars, and I have traveled to several countries on several continents as both an archaeologist and a photographer.