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EVOLUTION HAUTE COUTURE: art & science in the post-bilogical age

22 September — 8 November, 2009


CURATOR
Dmitry BULATOV

 

SCIENCE MAY BE THE LAST REMAINING TABOO IN CONTEMPORARY ART…

 

The National Center for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad branch, Russia) together with LABORATORIA Art & Science Space (Moscow) present a collection of documentary films about artworks recently created using the latest twenty-first century technologies: artificial life, robotics, bio and genetic engineering. 


We are thus again confronted with the questions of the relationship between art and life in a completely new context defined by biological and abiological creations, works, and beings. 


This collection is the first compehensive overview of the current stage of contemporary techno-biological art. It provides a panorama of artistic strategies for granting and withdrawing the gift of authenticity. The analysis of these strategies opens up new possibilities for creative production and cultural commentary.

 
The medium in these artworks is living or lifelike matter, and the properties of living organisms and technologically reproduced artefacts are combined to produce the method. Art created under these new conditions of postbiology — that is, under conditions of artifically generated life — can not avoid making this artificiality its explicit theme. 

 

 SECTIONS OF THE COLLECTION

 

/ARTIFICIAL  BUT ACTUAL (ARTIFICIAL LIFE) 
/LIMITS OF MODELING (EVOLUTIONARY DESIGN) 
/SHINING PROSTHESES (ROBOTICS) 
/BODY AS TECHNOLOGY (TECHNOBODY MODIFICATION) 
/MORE THAN A COPY, LESS THAN NOTHINGNESS (BIO AND GENETIC ENGINEERING) 
/SEMI-LIVING (TISSUE AND STEM CELLS ENGINEERING) 
/P.S.: RE-CODING


PARTICIPATING ARTISTS


PAULA GAETANO ADI (AR) 
MAURO ANNUNZIATO and PIERO PIERUCCI (IT) 
CRITICAL ART ENSEMBLE (US) 
BRANDON BALLENGEE (US) 
LAURA BELOFF (FI) 
DAVID BOWEN (US) 
NATASHA VITA-MORE (US) 
BILL VORN (CA) 
TANYA VISOSEVIC and GUY BEN-ARY (AU) 
GEORGE GESSERT (US) 
KEN GOLDBERG (US) 
ISA GORDON (US) 
PAUL GRANJON (FR) 
ANDY GRACIE (GB) 
TAGNY DUFF (CA) 
LOUIS-PHILIPPE DEMERS (CA) 
MARTA DE MENEZES (PT) 
ERWIN DRIESSENS and MARIA VERSTAPPEN (NL) 
JOE DAVIS (US) 
ADAM ZARETSKY (US) 
FLORIS KAAYK (NL) 
VERENA KAMINIARZ (CA) 
CARLOS CORPA and ANA GARCÍA-SERRANO (ES) 
ORON CATTS and IONAT ZURR (AU) 
LEONEL MOURA (PT) 
JAMES AUGER and JIMMY LOIZEAU (GB) 
ORLAN (FR) 
JULIA REODICA (US) 
NICOLAS REEVES (CA) 
KEN RINALDO (US) 
KATHLEEN ROGERS (GB) 
MARCEL-LI ANTUNEZ ROCA (ES) 
PHILIP ROSS (US) 
SYMBIOTICA (AU) and THE POTTER LAB (US) 
STELARC (AU) 
PAUL THOMAS (AU) 
JULIE FREEMAN (GB) 
MATEUSZ HERCZKA (SE) 
ADRIAN DAVID CHEOK (SG) 
ARTHUR ELSENAAR and REMKO SCHA (NL) 

Works by techno-bio-artists involve sophisticated conceptualizations of life. Having originated, as a rule, from laboratories, and often in cooperation with scientific research centers, these artworks present us with a new type of artifically organised time — a kind of time that incorporates features of the time associated with living organism and of the time that is associated with technologically reproduced artefacts. However, time, duration, and thus life itself too cannot be shown to spectator directly but only documented. The main genre of postbiological art is therefore, technical documentation, which includes drafts, commentaries and documentaries. It is precisely the point at which the documentation becomes indispencible, producing the life of the living thing as such: the documentation inscribes the existance of a particular creature in history, gives a lifespan to this existance, and gives the creature life as such — independently of whether this creature was ‘originally’ living or artificial. 


In the 2009 “Evolution Haute Couture” project won The Russian National Award for Contemporary Arts «Innovation».

 

INTERNATIONAL COORDINATION COUNCIL


DMITRY BULATOV, COUNCIL COORDINATOR, THE NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS, KALININGRAD, RUSSIA 
ROY ASCOTT, PROFESSOR OF TECHNOETIC ART, THE UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM 
ORON CATTS, DIRECTOR, SYMBIOTICA, THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, PERTH, AUSTRALIA 
KEN RINALDO, PROFESSOR OF ART AND TECHNOLOGY, THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, COLUMBUS, OHIO, USA 
STEPHEN WILSON, PROFESSOR OF ART AND TECHNOLOGY, THE SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY, USA 

 

Documentation: 
“Evolution Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age”. Edited by Dmitry Bulatov. Russian-English edition, and 
extensive glossary, color and black-and-white illustrations, 196 pages, catalogue + 2 DVD-ROM, KB NCCA, Kaliningrad, 2009. 
Site: www.videodoc.ncca-kaliningrad.ru 


 

PRESS ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

 
LABORATORIA Art&Science Space Москва, пер. Обуха, 3 тел.: +7 495 222 22 11 e-mail: info.laboratoria@gmail.com
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