BAASICS (Bay Area Art & Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions) is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization dedicated to exploring contemporary topics through the parallel lenses of art and science. We envision a culture in which the fine arts and sciences are complimentary parts of our popular discourse, together able to provide an exceptional understanding of our world and of what it means to be human.
BAASICS (Bay Area Art & Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions) is a charitable, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization. We produce accessible, free, and entertaining programs that challenge the prevailing misconception that the contemporary fine arts and sciences are difficult for popular audiences to understand.
Additionally, we aim to foment interdisciplinary exchange and a new genre of experimentation that will move beyond what one of these disciplines can achieve on its own. To this end, we aspire to support art-science collaborations through an annual grant, given to Bay Area-based artist-scientist teams.
"BAASICS.1: A Live Animal" took place in July 2011; the focus of the program was humanity’s relationship to other species. "BAASICS.2: The Future" took place in June 2012, and participants considered technology and notions of “the future.” "BAASICS.3: The Deep End" explored a range of brain disorders (e.g., autism, schizophrenia, and depression). "BAASICS.4: Watershed" will look at the ecology of the San Francisco Bay Area Watershed.
BAASICS was conceived and is produced by Selene Foster & Christopher Reiger, with support from Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant Program and in conjunction with ODC Theater and Root Division.