In 60s, Michel Foucault emphasizing intellectual unties of the Western European cultures had come to the conclusion that scientific and artistic pictures of the world both contribute into the era of thought development.
How relevant the dialog of science and art today?
The meetings of scientists and young artists were held in the Institutes’ laboratories – it turned out that in such collaboration it is possible to create a new intellectual and discussion field. This relationship was conceptually designed by LABORATORIA.
In conversations with scientists involving into scientific process artists discovered a new knowledge – the opportunities and consequences of innovative developments in nanotechnology, the coincidence and distinction of artictic and scientific methods. Thus, scientific language itself became the subject of artists' interest. (“I don't understand» by Haim Sokol).
The scientists in turn felt similarity of interests and entered the dialog. Moreover, they participated in the artwork creation that you can see at the exhibition.
Scientists introduced their developments and inspired for the artwork creation (“Signals” by Natasha Zhintsova, “Blue blood” by Ilya Trushevsky), sometimes they commented and even criticized the artists’ ideas (“Eternal life” by Diana Machulina), participated in some of the artworks creation (“This is not Magritte?” by the group MishMash) and even performed as co-authors (“Common thinking” by Vladimir Nikishin).
In this collaboration artists received unique opportunity to be involved in scientific process and to contribute into esthetic understanding of science and the principals of mathematical thinking (“Vertical lines” by Arseny Zhilyaev, “Big bang” by Igor Bitman). Artists also discussed esthetical questions of scientific achievements and run their research (“+/-“ by Dasha Buyun and Dima Stepanov, “Cartesian portrait. Anamnesis” by Haim Sokol).
Sometimes artist puts himself into a position that is very close the scientist’s ideology and scientist in turn feels like to be an artist. As a result of such collaboration a new type of experience appears – artistic-scientific. For this dialog Roma Sakin created a monument – an interactive sculpture “December, 19, 2007. Scientists and artists’ first meeting”.
Artistic view of science can be a parallel view that is able not only to build communication with the society but also to stimulate a fruitful scientific research. Science gives art a chance to be relevant beyond its own territory.
“Experiment 1” is the beginning of series of experiences and discussions with the scientists and artists will proceed in the mode of “Scientific Councils”. This will be the main activity and dedication of our LABORATORIA.
Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry
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