Symposium ‘New Elements’

Organizers:
Laboratoria Art&Science Foundation

State Tretyakov Gallery

Venue: New Tretyakov Gallery, West Wing, conference hall + YouTube online-broadcasting

Time: February 12, Saturday, 2022
12:00 – 20:00 Moscow time (10:00 – 18:00 CET time)

Conference languages: Russian, English (simultaneous translation)

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The symposium is held on February 12, 2022 as a part of a public educational program of the exhibition «New Elements» and aims to bring to the forefront the current issues of new artistic practices that redefines the relationship between digital and analogue computational processes and systems. 

The symposium has hybrid format: you can come to the New Tretyakov Gallery or join us online on Laboratoria YouTube channel. Below you can find links to the online-broadcasting of every session.

Symposium «New Elements» ends with a spectacular electrochemical performance by the German artist Ralf Baecker: «The Natural History of Networks / SoftMachine».

Participants

Martin Honzik, managing director of Ars Electronica Festival and Prix Ars Electronica (Austria)

Alexander Gostev, Chief technology officer, Kaspersky (Russia)

Irina Aktuganova, art historian, curator, museum designer, specialist of technological art and science art (Russia)

Orkan Telhan, interdisciplinary artist, researcher, Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania (USA)

Jurij Krpan, curator, art director, Kapelica Gallery (Slovenia)

Konstantin Fursov,  deputy general director for science and education, Polytechnic Museum (Russia)

Tuula Närhinen, artist (Finland)

Andrey Glazovsky, glaciologist, Institute of Geography, RAS (Russia)

Vladlena Gromova, artist, researcher, co-founder of Open Database of Interdisciplinary Art in Russia (Russia)

Mikhail Kurtov, philosopher, new media theorist (Russia)

Erich Berger, artist (Finland)

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

Samaneh Moafi, Forensic Architecture, architect, researcher (UK)

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

Dmitry Bulatov, curator at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, head of the Master program  «Art&Science: neo-cybernetics» at HSE Art and Design School (Russia)

Ralf Baecker, artist (Germany)

Dietmar Offenhuber, curator, professor at Northeastern University, Boston, MA (USA)

Natalia Fedorova, artist, curator, lecturer at ITMO (Russia)

Thomas Feuerstein, artist (Austria)

Theresa Schubert, artist (Germany)

Anna Titovets, new media artist [Intektra], chief curator and creative director of Cryptography Museum (Russia)

Ivana Abramovic, doctor of Science and Technology of Nuclear Fusion at the University of Technology in Eindhoven (Netherlands)

Symposium program

SESSION 1. Science-art today: transformation of interdisciplinary communities

12:10-14:00 (Moscow time)

Moderators:
Daria Parkhomenko, curator, founder of Laboratoria Art&Science Foundation (Russia); Vladlena Gromova, artist, researcher (Russia)

Participants:
Martin Honzik (Austria); Irina Aktuganova (Russia); Daria Mille (Germany); Orkan Telhan (USA); Konstantin Fursov (Russia); Jurij Krpan (Slovenia); Anna Titovets [Intektra] (Russia); Dmitry Bulatov (Russia)

Presentation: «Strategies of art and science collaborations»

Researchers, curators, museum and festival directors in the field of science-art will discuss the boundaries of the concept of science-art, the role of institutions in the development of interdisciplinary connections, and the current state of cooperation between science, art and society as well as progressive methods and tactics of community interaction.  

  • How would you describe the professional field of technological art and science-art today? How are the roles of artist, curator, producer and technological expert being transformed?
  • Do technological and science-art have the potential to influence the development of the local communities?
  • What new formats appear as a result of collaborations at the intersection of art, science and technology? How can they transform in future?
  • How do science-art collaboration influence the development of society? 

14:40-15:00 About the New Elements exhibition

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

Dietmar Offenhuber, curator, Associate Professor at the Northeastern University, Boston (USA)

SESSION 2. The autographic world

15:00-16:30 (Moscow time)

Moderators:
Dietmar Offenhuber, curator, professor at Northeastern University, Boston, MA (USA); Natalia Fedorova, artist, curator, lecturer at Art&Science program, ITMO (Russia)

Participants:
Tuula Närhinen, artist (Finland); Andrey Glazovsky, glaciologist, Institute of Geography, RAS (Russia); Samaneh Moafi, Forensic Architecture, architect, researcher (UK); Erich Berger, artist (Finland)

This  session of the symposium includes artists, scientists, and philosophers who work with environmental traces and material information. The panel examines the nature of material traces, how they can help us make sense of global changes, and their relevance in a digitally-dominated world.

  • What is the relevance of an autographic perspective — the idea that every process inscribes itself into the world as traces — in today’s society? 
  • What can we learn from material traces about the nature of digital information?
  • Has digital culture made it more difficult to perceive changes in our physical environment?

SESSION 3. Material Computation

17:00-18:30 (Moscow time)

Moderators:
Dietmar Offenhuber, curator, professor at Northeastern University, Boston, MA (USA); Mikhail Kurtov, philosopher, new media theorist (Russia)

Participants:
Ralf Baecker, artist (Germany); Thomas Feuerstein, artist (Austria); Theresa Schubert, artist (Germany); Ivana Abramovic, doctor of Science and Technology of Nuclear Fusion at the University of Technology in Eindhoven (Netherlands)

The third session of the symposium examines unconventional perspectives on computation beyond the digital. Artists and technologists look at the strange world of emergent computation, cybernetic experiments with chemical and biological phenomena and the counterintuitive behavior of neural networks.

  • What can we learn from the history of analog computing, what is its relevance today and in the future?
  • How could a different paradigm of computation look like?

Performance by Ralf Baecker ‘A Natural History of Networks (Soft Machine)’

19:00-20:00 (Moscow time)

It is an electrochemical algorithmic performance of the artist and the machine – a custom-built electrochemical experimental apparatus SoftMachine. The central element of the performance is galinstan, a liquid metal alloy, which is manipulated by the artist through a set of electrodes and creates constantly evolving shapes and sounds in the real time. A radical technology that bridges traditionally discreet machine thinking and soft/fluid materials that enable self-organizing behavior through their specific material agencies. The performance aims to provoke new imaginaries of the machinic, the artificial and matter.

Photosensitivity warning: video at the beginning of the performance and performance  itself contain fast flashing images and strobe lighting

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