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)
The symposium was held on February 12, 2022 as a part of a public educational program of the exhibition «New Elements» and aimed to bring to the forefront the current issues of new artistic practices that redefines the relationship between digital and analogue computational processes and systems.
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)
Daria Parkhomenko, curator, founder of Laboratoria Art&Science Foundation (Russia)
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 discussed 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.
Dietmar Offenhuber, curator, professor at Northeastern University, Boston, MA (USA); Natalia Fedorova, artist, curator, lecturer at Art&Science program, ITMO (Russia)
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 included artists, scientists, and philosophers who work with environmental traces and material information. The panel examined the nature of material traces, how they can help us make sense of global changes, and their relevance in a digitally-dominated world.
Dietmar Offenhuber, curator, professor at Northeastern University, Boston, MA (USA); Mikhail Kurtov, philosopher, new media theorist (Russia)
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 examined unconventional perspectives on computation beyond the digital. Artists and technologists looked at the strange world of emergent computation, cybernetic experiments with chemical and biological phenomena and the counterintuitive behavior of neural networks.
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