May 27, 2015 - Laznia Centre For Contemporary Art - Art+Science Meeting 2015 in Gdańsk
May 27, 2015

Art+Science Meeting 2015 in Gdańsk

Mieczysław Berman, The Cabinet in Session, from the series “This is how it was,” 1944. Photomontage, 34.5 x 35 cm.

Art+Science Meeting 2015 in Gdańsk

Centre for Contemporary Art Łaźnia
ul. Jaskółcza 1
80-767 Gdańsk

Centre for Contemporary Art Łaźnia 2
ul. Strajku Dokerów 5
80-544 Gdańsk – Nowy Port

T + 48 58 305 40 50

Art+Science Meeting 2015 is a continuation of a project realised by Laznia CCA since 2011. It consists of events presenting works of the most eminent world artists who collaborate with the scientists or whose work balances between science and art and undertakes issues concerning artificial life and artificial intelligence, contributing to the discussion on post-human condition. 

Exhibitions realized within the framework of Art+Science Meeting 2015 include:

8 May–5 July 
Curator: Jasia Reichardt
Centre for Contemporary Art Łaźnia 2
The subject of this exhibition is human imagination and its thirst to create a parallel world of machines, puppets, dolls, automata, robots, which are nearly but not quite like us. 

The exhibition involves some 70 participants and encompasses three sections. The first section, which represents the majority of the exhibits consists of printed images, which deal with the history of ideas that touch on things that are nearly human. They represent the background of our desire to make things that either look like, or function, as we do. The second section includes video documentation of works by Pierre Bastien, Daisuke Furuike, Theo Jansen and Chico MacMurtrie. The third section includes six kinetic works by Richard Kriesche, Tim Lewis, Tony Oursler, Studio Azzurro, Jim Whiting and Christiaan Zwanikken.

The exhibition is a part of Man|Machine projects supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants and co-financed by the Polish funds.

Guy Ben-Ary: Nervoplastica
31 May–14 June
Curator: Ryszard W. Kluszczyński
Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art 
Guy Ben-Ary during 15 years of his practice have been combining the creative art with neurology. His projects, carried out in collaboration with scientists and other artists, balance between bioart and new media art. Nervoplastica shows three examples of cultural works which use neuronal cultures—a kind of brain resulting from bioengineering treatments. In-Potentia, the work by Guy Ben-Ary and Kerstin Hudson, is a sculpture using cultured brain. In the installation The Living Screen, created together with Tanya Visocevic, living cells are integrated into the structure of the cinematographic camera, fulfilling the function of the screen there. In the installation Snowflake, realized together with Boryana Rossa, neural network composed of rat’s cells is stimulated with snowflake image in order to create the memory or dream of the snowflake. All three works are examples of hybrid relationship of art and science. They transfer neural forms grown in the laboratory to cultural sphere as art projects, inviting the audience to experience and reflect on new post-biological reality. 

Projects researched and developed at SymbioticA- Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts at The School of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology, The University of Western Australia

Patrick Tresset: Human Traits
Curator: Ryszard W. Kluszczyński
Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art 
Exhibition of French artist and scientist Patrick Tresset deals with the issues of human and artificial creativity, and our relationship with the new generation of machines. His works are robotic forms, which, thanks to the use of prepared for this purpose computer programs, are able to draw portraits. In 2003 Tresset began the study of computer and robotic systems that would be able to take a similar form of activity, while retaining his distinctive artistic style. The result of these studies are presented within the exhibition. 3 Robots Named Paul draw portraits of exhibition’s visitors. Paul – IX is a robot drawing still life from observation. Peter is busy with drawing signs and erasing them afterwards. Its activity is stimulated by events taking place in the room, which can make him excited or bored or depressed. All three robotic systems create artifacts, as well as carry out performances. They are works of art and at the same time they create art. Their creative activity develops in the space between art, computer science, robotics and artificial intelligence.

More information about the project:

Project supported by The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

Art+Science Meeting 2015 in Gdańsk
Laznia Centre For Contemporary Art
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