Post-technological experiences. Art-Science-Culture is a transdisciplinary conference that consists of discussion panels, lectures, performances, workshops and concerts. Conference presentations discuss the issue of changes that have taken place under the influence of technological and scientific development in the arts and culture of the past decades.
We are at a time when technology is ceasing to be an area of research separate from art, culture or science and is clearly becoming strongly connected and even united with everyday human experience. This post-technological reality necessitates a redefinition of the classic categories of body, subjectivity and space, as well as affect, emotion, interaction or communication. Human experience is being ever more visibly expanded by sensual, perceptual and cognitive aspects, both technologically generated and scientifically constructed. At the same time, the causative functions of art are changing. Artistic, interdisciplinary practice heavily relays on scientific research for inspiration while simultaneously being a mediator between laboratory experiments and their possible social implementations.
Artistic practice, often organised in teams which include artists, engineers, scientists, researchers in social sciences and the humanities, also becomes one of the most important spaces for projecting critical thinking on the social debate concerning the real impact of science on different spheres of life.
Post-technological experience is part of the Sensorium project by Rafał Zapała, in which the artist created an installation in the form of an interactive neuro-instrument. The conference will also exhibit the works based on the paradigm of art&science: Auralroots by Jill Scott, who continues her research in the area of neuromedia, On the silver globe by Paweł Janicki and WROCenter Group and Opportunity by Przemyslaw Jasielski.
The project is curated and realized by Agnieszka Jelewska and Michał Krawczak, the founders of the Humanities/Art/Technology Research Center operating at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.
Art & Science as a tool of new criticism
Modernity is marked by permanent techno-scientific breakthroughs that redefine contemporary cognitive paradigms. Their changes and advances occur so quickly that we are often not able to make their valuation, classification or assessment of their possible social application. That is why art&science becomes such an important space for contemporary artistic practice. Art, which gets into very complex and extensive relationships with technological tools and research, constitutes the realm of distancing and critical reflection on the acceleration with which we are currently dealing.
The art&science activities had a long tradition in the twentieth century – they began in the first avant-garde and were intensively carried on in the 1960s and 1970s: with the advent of the first data exchange networks, space exploration programmes or the appearance of hackers aiming at recovering, contributing and sharing new technological solutions. In art&science practice, on the one hand we are dealing with the return to the tools and critical reflection on the possibilities of media interaction between art and science, on the other hand, with the exposing of the influence of those tools on the ability to perceive and understand the world in which we live.
Nowadays technological art has gained special significance, becoming the space of mediation and negotiation between society and the closed systems of scientific data transfer. It is, therefore, essential to recover and “hack” the knowledge out of hidden laboratory circuits. Thus, art highlights ethical problems and asks questions concerning the development of the discourse of social responsibility towards technological and biological openness of man.
Agnieszka Jelewska, Michal Krawczak
PHOTOS: OPENING NIGHT – “OPPORTUNITY” BY PRZEMYSLAW JASIELSKI, “ON THE SILVER GLOBE” BY PAWEL JANICKI & WRO ART GROUP
PHOTOS: DISCUSSION PANEL – VISIONS OF FUTURE. ART, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN XXI CENTURY (dr. Michal Krawczak, Stanislaw Welbel, dr Agnieszka Jelewska, dr Rafal Zapala, Przemyslaw Jasielski, Piotr Krajewski, Pawel Janicki)
PHOTOS: CONCERT – RAFAL ZAPALA/OSMO NADIR/MACIEJ OZOG (photo by Bernedetta Zielinska)