The Waag Society and Zone2Source recently exhibited "Trust me, I'm an artist," exploring "how art can help us understand the ethical complexities of emerging (bio)technologies." The brainchild of biology-based artist Anna Dumitriu, the initiative Trust me, I'm an artist exhibits, performs, experiments, and engages in dialogue with the public on how to develop productive frameworks with ethical and cultural considerations in science-art collaborations, with a specific focus on biology and bioart.
CITY SIGHTS: Finding the science-art in New York area exhibitions
By Julia Buntaine, Editor-in-Chief
There's bacteria thriving in the Guggenheim. Bioluminescent yarn is stretching over MoMA PS1. Kinetic mushrooms inhabit Gagosian. There's a giant hydra in City Hall Park. It's official - science-based art has taken over New York City.
Science-based art has long been on the fringe, edging around art world conventions left over from the anti-science attitudes postmodernism engendered. But as science has become more present, more accessible, and more exciting (in part because there's simply more science), artists have been paying attention. Because after all, new discoveries in science enables the creation of new art - everything, indeed, has not already been done.
Are we reaching a critical mass of science-based art? All currently on view, the simultaneous presence of these exhibits is a strong indicator of the rising presence of science and technology in the main stream art world.
"Entitled FUTURE EMERGING ART AND TECHNOLOGY, the exhibition presents a series of works of art created during collaborations between six internationally acclaimed artists and cutting-edge scientists. The artists were selected during an open process in March 2016 and paired with scientist groups working on European Union FET (Future Emerging Technologies) Open research projects such as exploring gene regulation, quantum physics, underwater robotics, carbon capture, and exascale computing. The works vary in form, from simulations and visualizations to performances and sculptures. The project is funded by FET Open program and aims to give alternative perspectives on new technologies and make them widely accessible."
By Anna Marks
"Bio Design Challenge: Food Futures" exhibited this month at the Royal College of Art. Students from across the school explored how current innovations in biodesign can shape and influence food production. The event made up part of Biodesign Challenge, a worldwide competition aiming to build collaborations between scientists, artists, designers, and engineers. This was the first time that the event was held in the U.K., and the winner of the exhibition (POM) will compete internationally during the BioDesign Summit held this week at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
MA Science & Art exhibition illustrates
emerging relationships between disciplines
By Anna Marks, contributor
The Art and Science Masters Degree at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, is a pioneering course investigating the collaborations and emerging relationships between art and science. The course examines how best to communicate these relationships and via innovative art practice, encourages students to develop a critical engagement with current scientific research.
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