Transpositions: From science to art (and back)

Transpositions: From science to art (and back)

I will be taking part in Transpositions: From science to art (and back)
which is the final research event of the project Transpositions: Artistic Data Exploration.

I will be presenting a performance and discussion ‘Experiment on a bird in the air pump’.

The project participants will stage a tableau vivant based on Joseph Wright of Derby’s 1768 painting An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump, with each of the participants taking the role of one of the figures depicted in this classic painting of science on public display.

More on the event:

Stockholm, October 4 to 6, 2017
Science and art are usually held distinct due to the different kinds of processes they employ and the character of the conclusions that they draw. However, what if artists were to extend scientific methodologies while radicalising their stance in post-conceptual art under the heading ‘artistic research’? How can scientific data be pushed to the limits of representation?

We think that science and art will still follow their own respective trajectories, yet they will start to ‘talk’ to each other in unexpected ways once their practices are enmeshed. After working with scientists and their data from fields as separate as computational neuroscience, particle physics, cosmology, and molecular biology, and after preparing our artistic responses, we want to find out the character of our scientific-artistic conversations and how we can push the work even further.

Transpositions are artistic forms created from scientific data that respect the epistemic potential of their material under aesthetic conditions. Extending representational registers, transpositions propose a new aesthetic-epistemic logic of material difference rather than formal identity. Placing the focus on transpositional operators – their inner workings and as strict logic – suggests inconsistencies are not detrimental to knowledge but necessary stages in a game of heightened complexity.

The research event Transpositions: From science to art (and back) aims to provide an overview. It brings concepts, data, artworks, and people together for a three-day set of events spread across Stockholm. It offers numerous opportunities to engage with transpositions in exhibitions, installations, performances, presentations, and discussions.