By Abdi Ali
Published April 13, 2017
An art & science exhibition that offers artists’ perspectives on some of the latest technologies opens on April 14, 2017.
Entitled Future Emerging Art and Technology, the exhibition presents a series of works of art created during collaboration among six internationally-acclaimed artists and cutting-edge scientists.
The exhibiting artists were selected during an open process in March 2016 and paired with scientist groups working on European Union’s Future Emerging Technologies (FET) Open research projects such as exploring gene regulation, quantum physics, underwater robotics, carbon capture, and exascale computing. The work on show varies in form, from simulations and visualisations to performances and sculptures. The project is funded by FET and aims to give alternative perspectives on new technologies and make them widely accessible.
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Curator of LifeSpace, Dr Sarah Cook, says, “The works in this exhibition are a challenge to scientists in more than one way. Firstly, they ask us to understand the content of complex research projects involving new technologies from a totally different perspective, that of the artist. For instance, how can a performance art work tell us what supercomputing entails? Secondly they suggest the potential of involving artists in scientific research projects to create engaging, persuasive and experimental reflections on the bigger picture – the real-world implications of that research, at a human scale.”
The artists are boredomresearch (Vicky Isley and Paul Smith), Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand, Anna Dumitriu, Spela Petric and Miha Tursic, Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt), and Pinar Yoldas.
Among the events lined up during the opening ceremony include an experimental live performance based on research-in-progress by artists Spela Petric and Miha Tursic. The artists and project organisers from partner organisations across Europe will be present to talk about the work and research featured.
The exhibition, that opens to the public on April 14 and runs until June 17 in LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery, School of Life Sciences, Old Hawkhill, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland DD1 5EH, shall be open Saturdays 11:00 AM-5:00 PM (Saturday) or Monday to Friday by appointment. Entry is free. Appointments can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.