Artificial life today brings us closer to understanding living things. In the last two decades we have seen the way in which technologies of artificial life have been gradually incorporated into contemporary habits. However, this process has not been clearly reflected in our society. Coexistence with artificial systems, whose character is expressed by dynamic and autonomous behaviour, is a phenomenon that demands an extensive debate. Art contributes in this area to stimulating the debate on the way scientific and technical development has an effect on our daily lives. Out of this context rose VIDA, a competition dedicated to art and artificial life, which every year honours artistic projects that reflect on the notion of life in the 21st century.
With the second edition of the training programme, VIDA seeks to highlight the research carried out by some of the winning artists. Through their work they offer an important reflection on these issues. Production and development, theoretical and practical reflection are the resources that these artists provide to the participants at the conference and which will allow the laying of the groundwork for a broader reflection on the design of living things, nature and artificial objects.
artistic director of VIDA
– CENTRES AND FEES OF CONFERENCES
> June, 04 of 2014 | 19:30 h. (México)
Chris Salter and Víctor Hugo Rodríguez talk | LAA
Projects selected by VIDA International Competition on Art and Artificial Life
Alien Agency: Art/Research with the Non-human. What does it mean to create art with the non-human? With artificial life and self-organizing systems? With sound, light, molecules or tissues that move, behave and have agency? How can we understand, capture, produce and develop techniques for reflection with artistic works where such agencies take centre stage, performing and acting before a public? In other words, how is art “in the making with the non-human, what takes place, how do we document it?
In relationship to VIDA’s long term mission of promoting new innovation in the field of art and artificial life, this talk will introduce the concept of “alien agency” which is also the title of a new experimental multi-sited ethnographic study to be published by MIT Press in 2015 that explores three techno-scientific artistic projects in the making: It asks;
- 1. how does the immense richness of human imagination and experience intertwine with the dazzling material effects and performances of the world beyond us; and
- 2. how can we re-think and develop new concepts of “material agency” from the point of view of practice, from the sweat of making things “on-the-ground”?
Specifically, the book explores how artistic processes and works that propose a radically different vision of the world – one that is performative, dynamic, endlessly transforming, temporally emergent and contingent – are created and how they propose other ways of knowing and being that side step the tired dichotomies between subjects and objects, mind and body, knowledge and experience. The projects the book examines come from three domains in techno-scientific art production:
- 1. new practices in sound art,
- 2. Art using biological material and
- 3. collaborative work between artists and anthropologists exploring the technologization of the contemporary sensorium.
> June, 05 of 2014 | 17:00 h. (México)
Chris Salter | CNA . Aula Magna
Alíen Agency: Art/Research with the Non-Human
What does it mean to create art with the non-human; with artificial life and self-managing systems; with sound, light, molecules or tissues that move, behave and have agency? How can we understand, capture, produce and develop techniques for reflection with artistic works where these agencies take centre stage, presenting and acting in front of the public? In other words, what is art “in the making with the non-human”, what is it, how can we document it?
Regarding the long-term mission of VIDA in promoting innovation in the field of art and artificial life, this talk will introduce the concept of “alien agency”, which is also the title of a new study to be published with MIT Press in 2015. The book explores how artistic processes and works that propose a radically different view of the world – one which is performative, dynamic, constantly changing, temporarily emergent and contingent – are created and how other ways of knowing and being are proposed that avoid the tired dichotomies between subjects and objects, mind and body, knowledge and experience. It examines projects from three domains in the production of techno-scientific art:
- 1. new practices in sound art,
- 2. art using biological material and
- 3. collaborative work between artists and anthropologists exploring the technologisation of the contemporary nervous system.
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