[-empyre-] working with scientists

Ana Valdés agora158 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 18 15:45:51 EST 2008

The Belgian curator Barbara van der Linden (related to the Sao Paulo Biennal
and to Manifesta) worked in a mega exhibition called Laboratorium together
with the French science anthropologist Bruno Latour. The exhibition, which
had an impressive cathalog, worked in parallells paths between the artistic
process and the scientific process, seeing the scientific laboratorium and
the artist's atelier as two similar worlds, using similar intellectual and
logical tools, the experimentation and the use of alternative ways to
approach a determined subject.
They worked together with the brilliant Chilean biologist Francisco Varela,
a key figure in the field of bio cybernetic.

On Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 2:41 AM, trish adams <trishadams84 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello All,
> I would just like to come back to Lucette's question:
>  when you develop an art work, and if you work in
> collaboration with scientists, how much do you discuss in details the
> methodological intricacies of their work? In other words, how much you feel
> the
> scientist is critical of his own methodological approach? Critical in
> a good way,
> meaning approaching scientific questions with a critical spirit..
> In response to this, from my experience, the scientists with whom i
> have worked are usually pretty wide-ranging in their interrogations or
> i don't think they would want to engage with an artist in the first
> place! This continuing discussion is one of the things that makes the
> process very appealing to me. They will take the time to explain the
> issues surrounding their research, respond to my often very left-field
> questions and also to teach me techniques so that i can try things for
> myself. I have the impression that the interdisciplinary and
> unconventional model that we develop as we go along is refreshing to
> my scientific collaborators in the window of time they are able to
> devote to working with an artist between their grant deadlines & and
> other practical research constraints.
> My current AIR with the Visual & Sensory Neuroscience group is
> different from all my previous collaborations in that a) I had no
> fixed project in mind when i started the residency & b) I am working
> in an exploratory way with a cross-section of researcher collaborators
> in the fields of olfaction, navigation & cognition. My aim is to gain
> an informed overview in these areas, which will feed into the end
> product i.e. the artwork.
> with reference to on-going posts about neuroimaging, although i have
> already made a DVD using digital image data captured at 25fps - i
> admit i couldn't resist having access to these high-end cameras! - the
> images that i use and the participatory responses that i hope to
> engender in the immersive installations that evolve from this
> residency may, in this instance, not resemble much of the actual
> scientific data - rather they are likely to be my abstractions from
> the whole process that i am currently undergoing.
> regards, Trish
> --
> Dr. Trish Adams Artist-in-Residence Visual & Sensory Neuroscience
> Group, http://www.qbi.uq.edu.au/page=52793
> Queensland Brain Institute
> The University of Queensland.
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