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Astrophysicist, artist


Jack Madden

Astrophysicist, artist


Jack Madden is an astrophysicist and artist who believes that our understanding of the Universe can be made helpful in our daily lives through art. He uses data, powerful computations, and a cosmic perspective to visualize new senses of meaning and reality. By making art to demystify our place in the Universe, Jack hopes to share a more stable relationship with it.

Jack received his Ph.D. in astrophysics from Cornell University in 2020 for work with the Carl Sagan Institute on modeling the climates of potentially habitable exoplanets. His work included designing and running computer simulations of exoplanets to determine how best to observe signs of life. In the Fall of 2020, he started as an MFA student in Digital+Media at the Rhode Island School of Design. At RISD, he works along the bridge between art and science to foster understanding and exploration across disciplines. His series, Complete Definitions, which uses word definitions to the closed and circular nature of language is currently exhibited in the RISD Museum after winning the Dorner Prize.

Jack uses the skills he picked up during his astrophysics career to create art that brings together science and philosophy from a unique perspective. Programming, data manipulation, and lab techniques, and work that takes creative advantage of physics are common in his work. In keeping with the scientific tradition, his methods of production and code used to create work are open source.



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