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Evolution Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age

 
Evolution Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age

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LABORATORIA Art&Science Space
22 september 2009 — 8 november 2009

Organisers: National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad Branch), LABORATORIA Art&Science Space (Moscow)

Curator: Dmitry Bulatov, bulatov@ncca.koenig.ru

Artists:

  • Paula Gaetano Adi (AR)
  • James Auger & Jimmy Loizeau (GB)
  • Brandon Ballengee (US)
  • Laura Beloff (FI)
  • BioKino Group: Tanya Visosevic and Guy Ben-Ary (AU)
  • David Bowen (US)
  • Adrian David Cheok (SG)
  • Carlos Corpa & Ana García-Serrano (ES)
  • Critical Art Ensemble (US)
  • Joe Davis (US)
  • Marta de Menezes (PT)
  • Louis-Philippe Demers (CA)
  • Erwin Driessens & Maria Verstappen (NL)
  • Tagny Duff (CA)
  • Arthur Elsenaar & Remko Scha (NL)
  • Julie Freeman (GB)
  • George Gessert (US)
  • Ken Goldberg (US)
  • Isa Gordon (US)
  • Andy Gracie (GB)
  • Paul Granjon (FR)
  • Mateusz Herczka (SE)
  • Floris Kaayk (NL)
  • Verena Kaminiarz (CA)
  • Leonel Moura (PT)
  • Orlan (FR)
  • Plancton Art Studio: Mauro Annunziato & Piero Pierucci (IT)
  • Nicolas Reeves (CA)
  • Julia Reodica (US)
  • Ken Rinaldo (US)
  • Marcel•lí Antúnez Roca (ES)
  • Kathleen Rogers (GB)
  • Philip Ross (US)
  • SymbioticA Research Group (AU) & The Potter Lab (US)
  • Stelarc (AU)
  • The Tissue Culture & Art Project (TC&A): Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr (AU)
  • Paul Thomas (AU)
  • Bill Vorn, Emma Howes & Jonathan Villeneuve (CA)
  • Natasha Vita-More (US)
  • Adam Zaretsky (US)

The National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad Branch, Russia, www.ncca-kaliningrad.ru) together with LABORATORIA Art&Science Space (Moscow, www.newlaboratoria.ru ) presents a collection of documentaries about artworks recently created using the latest 21st Century technologies: ALife, robotics, bio and genetic engineering, etc. Living or lifelike matter serves as an art medium for some of the resulting works. The combination of properties of a living organism and of a technologically reproduced artefact provides a method. Art that is created under these new conditions of postbiology – under the conditions of an artificially fashioned lifespan – cannot help but take this artificiality as its explicit theme. In this way, one is again confronted with the question of the relationship between art and life – in a completely new context, defined by biological and abiological nature’s production. This collection is a first comprehensive overview of the current stage of contemporary techno-biological art. It provides a panorama of artistic strategies of granting and withdrawing the gift of authenticity which open new possibilities for creative production and cultural commentary. In 2009 the “Evolution Haute Couture” project won the Russian National Award for Contemporary Arts “Innovation”.

Documentation: “Evolution Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age”. Edited by Dmitry Bulatov. With a foreword by Dmitry Bulatov and essays by Roy Ascott, Dmitry Bulatov. Russian-English edition, and extensive glossary, color and black-and-white illustrations, 192 pages, catalogue + 2 DVD-ROM, KB NCCA, Kaliningrad, 2009. Web site: www.videodoc.ncca-kaliningrad.ru

Supported by The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, The Ford Foundation (The Moscow Office, Russia), The Dynasty Foundation (Moscow), Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry (Moscow)





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