Conference "Art&Science: The Art of Communication to the Other"

Organizers:
Laboratoria Art&Science

Venue: New Tretyakov Gallery, West wing, conference hall + online

Time: October 2, Saturday, 2021
15:00 – 21:00 Moscow time (14:00 – 20:00 CET time)

Conference languages: Russian, English (online simultaneous translation)

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On October 2, the international interdisciplinary conference “Art&Science: The Art of Communication to the Other” will take place in the New Tretyakov Gallery as a part of a public educational program of exhibition “May the other live in me”: registration for the event.

Conference raises questions of cohabitation, hybridity, multispecies dialogue and surviving together. We invited philosophers, artists, scientists and curators to reflect on the artists’ visions of our multispecies futures and think together about the limits of the human and the technological, about non-anthropocentric strategies of thinking and being, and about the dialogue of communities.

Participants

Elena Bryzgalina, Head of the Department of Philosophy of Education, Faculty of Philosophy, Moscow State University, Specialist in Bioethics (Russia)

Alexander Gostev, Chief technology officer, Kaspersky (Russia)

Ekaterina Nikitina, PhD, researcher in animal studies, member of the Posthuman Studies Lab research platform (Russia)

Marion Laval-Jeantet, artist, co-founder of the art group Art Oriente Objet  (France)

Polina Khanova, philosopher, MSU Russia, Moscow (Russia)

Agnes Meyer-Brandis, artist (Germany)

Saša Spačal, artist (Slovenia)

Maggie Roberts, artist, 0(rphan) d(rift) co-founder (UK)

Ranu Mukherjee, artist, 0(rphan) d(rift) co-founder (UK)

Alexey Buldakov, artist and anthropologist, Urban Fauna Laboratory project  (Russia)

Daria Mille, curator, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (Germany)

Alexander Kaplan, professor, D.Sc., Ph.D., Head of the Laboratory for Neurophysiology and Neuro-Computer Interfaces (Russia)

Katerina Chuchalina, Chief curator at the V-A-C Foundation (Russia)


Daria Parkhomenko, founder and curator of Laboratoria Art & Science (Russia)

Yana Tsyrlina, Head of scientific research department of State Museum of Modern Art PERMM

Uros Veber, Art Director, ATOL Project (Slovenia)

Elena Nikonole, media-artist, independent curator, lecturer in the workshops “Neural Networks in Art” and “Bio-Art” at the Rodchenko School

Aya Kriman, junior researcher, Faculty of Philosophy, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia)

Conference programme

15:00 SESSION 1. Human as Technobiological Subject

Moderator:
Elena Bryzgalina, Head of the Department of Philosophy of Education, Faculty of Philosophy, Moscow State University, Specialist in Bioethics (Russia)

Participants:
Marion Laval-Jeantet, artist, founder of the art group Art Oriente Objet  (France) online; Alexander Gostev, Chief technology officer, Kaspersky (Russia); Ekaterina Nikitina, PhD, researcher in animal studies, member of the Posthuman Studies Lab research platform (Russia)

  • Are there human boundaries? Is the pinnacle of evolution a creature that combines human and technology?
  • Should the concept of human being and evolution change?
  • Can we say that the principle of the evolutionary process is changing?

16:30 Break

17:00 SESSION 2. Learning to Think Outside Anthropocentrism

Moderator:
Polina Khanova, philosopher, MSU Russia, Moscow (Russia)

Participants:
Agnes Meyer-Brandis, artist (Germany) online; Saša Spačal, artist (Slovenia) online; Maggie Roberts and Ranu Mukherjee, artists, 0(rphan) d(rift) (UK) online; Aya Kriman, junior researcher, Faculty of Philosophy, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia)

  • Collective survival on this planet requires relinquishing our anthropocentric bias, but how to do it in practice?
  • Can art be of help in furthering this process? 
  • Can art be totally non-anthropocentric?

18:30 Presentation of the book «Staying with the Trouble» by Donna Haraway

Yana Tsyrlina, Head of scientific research department of State Museum of Modern Art PERMM

18:40 Break

19:00 SESSION 3. Experience of New Dialogue Between Communities

Moderator:
Daria Parkhomenko, founder and curator of Laboratoria Art & Science (Russia)

Participants:
Uros Veber, Art Director, ATOL Project (Slovenia) online; Daria Mille, curator, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (Germany) online; Alexey Buldakov, artist and anthropologist, Urban Fauna Laboratory project  (Russia); Elena Nikonole, media-artist, independent curator, lecturer in the workshops “Neural Networks in Art” and “Bio-Art” at the Rodchenko School

  • Art&Science as a field of dialogue between communities: scientists, artists, bacteria, birds, trees. How to build a productive dialogue?
  • Can any specially trained mediators or interpreters help?
  • What is the role of the curator in this process?  
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