ABOUT THE PROJECT:
Frontier is marking out the border between the reclaimed and unreclaimed territories, spaces,environments.
The metaphor of frontier is paradoxical, because it does not set borders, limits –on the contrary, it allows to discover new ways of interaction between science and art.
For 5years Laboratoria has been making hypotheses, setting up experiments, suggesting new attitudes. Here is a brief and non-systemic summary of our conclusions:
- It is hard to find artists interested in cooperation with scientists in Russia, but we manage to find them;
- Few scientists realize they need contemporary art, but Laboratoria tries to interest them;
- Anartist is the person able to inspire the science, one such an example is the «Brainstorms»symposium with Marina Abramovic;
- A scientist is a person who doesn't always inspire the artist, nevertheless Laboratoriais not afraid to carry out the most unexpected contacts between the scientific and the artistic worlds. Take, for instance, the artist Anya Zholud's experience with the chemist Alexander Avetisov;
- Artistically interpreted science can express human feelings. A poetic example of it is the robotic installation “Tele-presentWind” byDavid Bowen, which sent viaInternet the data about the wind in Minnesota, artist's home state,simultaneously tossing the spikelets in Laboratoria hall;
- The most tangible manifestation of science art are the episodes often counters between scientists and artists. A big discussion, organized by Laboratoria for the project«Infusion», resulted in Sergey Shutov's project «Ministry of Truth of the Doveof Peace». An impulse for it was given by the artist's acquaintance with the biologist Konstantin Anokhin and a public discussion of animal perception of television image.
- The advanced audience can not only passively observe our experiences and experiments, but also take active part in them, as, for instance, during the exhibition «Egg of Columbus» dedicated to Nicola Tesla, оr the project«Hypotheses Verification».
- However hard it were for artists and scientists to understand each other, when mutual interest arises, their cooperation is resourceful for both parties. Laboratoria has established conditions for cooperation between the neurobiologist Olga Svarnik and the artist Valia Fetisov, who transposed the experience of observing rats behaviour to people behaviour;
- Thereare artworks that accumulate a whole system of scientific ideas around them.«The Cloud Harp» by Nicolas Reeves, presented by Laboratoria, proved to be a center of a discussion platform featuring composers, astronomers, meteorologists, religious scholars and even paraglider pilots.
ABOUT THE WORKS:
In the course of its research Laboratoria has distinguished several types of science art that depend upon the ability of the artist to step onto the territory of science and upon the ways the artist transforms his visual language. According to the level of engagement of artist and scientist into theprocess and to the way in which the borders of art and science are trespassed,it is possible to allocate the resulting artworks into three groups.
1. The borders of understanding: Symbiosis of art and science
The artist and the scientist perform as co-authors of the artwork. The disciplinary border dissolves. Scientific issues are investigated critically and with the help of new media.
Sergey Shutov (consultant – neurobiologist Konstantin Anokhin), The Ministry of the Truth of Peace Dove, 2011-2013
Dovecote is a scientific station for observation and experiments, investigating the behaviour of doves. On the screen installedinside the construction the 3D cartoons are projected. The main characters of these cartoons are pigeons that behave in an unusual way; for example, they jump as if they were sparrows. One can follow the reactions of pigeons either in real time or through a web-cam. The exhibition will show the results of recent experiments.
2. The borders of possible: Artist-engineer
This group comprises of artworks in which contemporary technologies and new visual language come first.
::vtol::(Dmitriy Morozov), Conus , 2013
The ornament of a seashell is read by self-made digital microscopes, then analysed by the computer algorithm and transformed into sound. The artist uses the shells of a tropical shellfish Conus – the bright ornament of the shells reminds the visualization of the arithmetic models, such as cellular automata.
3. The border of feeling: Art is dominating
These are the projects where artists, staying in the frameworks of their habitual language, advert to science as a field of artist icinspiration.
“Where the dogs run” group. The Faces of the Smell, 2012
The viewer has to step inside the perception zone of the snuff tubes. The construction generates the portrait of a viewer inaccordance to his smell. Gas detectors scan the olfactory pattern while the specially created program transforms the air content data into the facial features data that is in the end visualized as a composite picture.
Natalia Zintsova, The Border, 2012
The waves are approaching the coast one by one. Each new wave leaves its trace on the sand. One wave drags a rope into the sea, the other – throws it back to the shore. Every time the rope is taking a new shape.The artist carries out an experiment trying to materialize the evasive border between the land and the sea.
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