[NetBehaviour] ARS TOPICA: CURATORIAL STRATEGIES IN ART & SCIENCE
nfuchs at artypical.com
Wed Aug 10 00:47:23 CEST 2016
The Polytechnic Museum in Moscow presents the fourth and the final experimental group of 2016 season of the program Polytech.Science.Art — ARS TOPICA: CURATORIAL STRATEGIES IN ART & SCIENCE by Dmitry Bulatov, Natalia Fuchs, and Dmitry Galkin. The group will take place within the parallel program of the exhibition project EARTH LAB, organized together with the Ars Electronica Center with the participation of the interactive media studio SILA SVETA and supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum.
August 17-19, 2016—The experimental group ARS TOPICA: CURATORIAL STRATEGIES IN ART & SCIENCE, guided by artist and curator Dmitry Bulatov, art historian and curator Natalia Fuchs, researcher and curator Dmitry Galkin, will take place within the Polytechnic Museum’s Polytech.Science.Art program and the parallel programme of the exhibition project EARTH LAB, organized together with the Ars Electronica Center (AU) with the participation of the interactive media SILA SVETA and supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum.
A curator is one of the central and the most mysterious characters of the contemporary art scene. Their work results in what the audience will (not) see, (not) understand, and (not) conceive. Our project reflects on the curatorial work in the very special field—in the intersection of art and science. What is the object and what are the features of the Art & Science curatorship? How does a curator, together with artists and scientists, produce modernity itself while searching for artistic solutions and working with scientific knowledge and technical objects? A curator works in the situation of the constant search for nontrivial answers and solutions, by articulating the topics and focuses of actual, which lie on the bordering limits of the contemporary culture. But these fields of science-art intersection necessitate (in a retrospective way or bearing no relation to time) discussions of anachronism they inherently possess. We focus on the work of contemporary artists, curators, and theorists that endeavor to bridge the gap between science and art. We simulate the future where science and art inspire each other. It is a hands-on simulation where future curator “fleshes out” professionally and “tones up” their curatorial “muscles” working with concepts (topoi), objects, projects, and spaces.
Dmitry Bulatov is an artist, art theorist, and curator of Baltic Branch of NCCA. He has organized curated over twenty international projects in science art and new media. Dmitry is member of editorial boards of DOC(K)S (FR) and NOEMA (IT) magazines and a two-time INNOVATION award winner (2008 and 2013). In 2014, he was a nominee for the Golden Nica award of Prix Ars Electronica (AT), Visionary Pioneers of Media Art category.
Natalia Fuchs is an art critic and curator, new media researcher and cultural management expert (MA Media Art Histories, Danube University, Austria / MA Cultural Management, University of Manchester, UK). In 2009-2011, Natalia developed MediaArtLab, the main project of the Media Forum—the special program of the Moscow International Film festival dedicated to media arts and experimental films. In 2011-2013, she carried out international communications of the sound:frame festival (AT) dedicated to music visualization. In 2011-2013, she worked on the development of the VIENNAFAIR contemporary art fair. Since 2014, Natalia has been the Polytechnic Museum’s curator: aside from her exhibition projects, she curates the program Polytech.Science.Art and the Electronic Livingroom of the Polytechnic Museum. In 2015, the Polytech.Science.Art program was nominated for the Best Educational Museum Project prize of the Intermuseum 2015 contest and was granted a diploma from the Russia’s Ministry of Culture
Dmitry Galkin is a digital culture researcher, theorist, and curator. Defended his Ph.D. thesis in 2002, and his post-doctoral dissertation in 2013 (Tomsk State University). He is a professor of the Tomsk State University, senior research associate of PAST Research Centre, and curator at the Siberian Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts. He wrote a series of publications on theory and history of digital culture, including the monograph Digital Culture: Horizons of Artificial Life (Tomsk State University, 2013).
In 2016, all the experimental groups and public events of the Polytechnic Museum’s Polytech.Science.Art program are gathered under one major topic—THE LIMITS OF THE UNDERSTANDABLE. The program’s projects not only present a variety of efforts in the intersection of science, technology, and art but also extend the boundaries of interdisciplinary communication, covering new knowledge areas of modern technology and exploring the frontiers of various fields of study with artistic methods. THE LIMITS OF THE UNDERSTANDABLE is also a title for the summary exhibition of the Polytechnic Museum’s Polytech.Science.Art 2016 program: new objects and concepts created within the experimental groups and during other events over the year will meet with support to participate in the exhibition and festival Polytech.Science.Art Week.
The experimental group ARS TOPICA: CURATORIAL STRATEGIES IN ART & SCIENCE will run for three days. After that, selected project concepts designed at the Polytech.Science.Art 2016 experimental groups will be offered to the group participants to draw out the topos for each project by correlating conducted researches with objects from the Polytechnic Museum collection to participate in the summary exhibition of the 2016 season program. Public presentation of the experimental group results is scheduled for the closing day along with the public talk by Dmitry Galkin.
Curators, media historians, philosophers, communication experts, researchers of all the fields of social sciences, and media artists are those to participate in the experimental group ARS TOPICA: CURATORIAL STRATEGIES IN ART & SCIENCE.
More information: psa.polymus.ru ; aec.polymus.ru
Contact: Natalia Fuchs, Curator, Polytechnic Museum, nfuchs at artypical.com; nvfuchs at polymus.ru; +79104320152.
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