Srishti Science-Art / Space-Art Workshop

A 5-day series of workshops on themes of science and art, and space and the arts, led by London Fieldworks and The Arts Catalyst

With Bruce Gilchrist & Jo Joelson (London Fieldworks), Nicola Triscott and Rob La Frenais (The Arts Catalyst), Geetha Narayanan (Srishti), Sarah Neville, Mukund Thattai, N S Harsha, A V Varghese and Vivek Vilasini.

19 Jan - Science & art workshop
20 Jan - Space & the arts workshop
21 & 23 Jan - 'Spacebaby' workshop for Srishti students led by London Fieldworks
23 Jan - Ham radio workshop

A collaboration between Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology and The Arts Catalyst

Participants

Nicola Triscott is a cultural producer, curator and writer, specialising in the intersections between art, science, technology and society. She was the founding Artistic Director/CEO of Arts Catalyst, one of the UK’s most distinctive arts organisations, distinguished by ambitious artists’ commissions that engage with science, including notable projects by Tomas Saraceno, Ashok Sukumaran, Aleksandra Mir, Otolith Group and Critical Art Ensemble, and the international dimension of its programme of exhibitions, events, research and publications. Nicola has curated numerous exhibitions and events for Arts Catalyst. She lectures and publishes internationally, including books on art and technology in the Arctic, art and space, and ecological art. She blogs at nicolatriscott.org on the critical inter-relationships between the arts, humanities and our technoscientific society. Nicola left Arts Catalyst in April 2019 to take on the role of CEO at FACT, Liverpool.

London Fieldworks aims to enable creative research and collaboration at the art, science and technology interesection. Typically, their projects deal with issues relating to complex relationships existing between social, natural and technological worlds. London Fieldworks was formed by the artists Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson.

Rob La Frenais is an independent curator and critic who has curated and produced interdisciplinary and visual art projects since 1987 and with The Arts Catalyst since 1997. Before joining The Arts Catalyst, he was a freelance curator and organiser working in a European context in various countries, including being the Chief Executive of the Edge Biennale Trust in London and Madrid and the Artistic Director of the Belluard-Bollwerk International in Switzerland. In 1979 Rob founded the groundbreaking Performance Magazine, which continued as an authoritative cultural voice in Europe until 1992. He has a PhD in curatorial practice across disciplines and is an honorary Doctor of Arts at Dartington College of Arts.

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Bangalore Culture & Space Symposium

The Bangalore Culture & Space Symposium was a gathering of philosophers, space scientists, educators, and artists in Bangalore, India

The symposium examined current themes at the intersection of space science, technology and arts from a cultural perspective.

By taking into account many perspectives involved in space research it attempted to lay the groundwork for future collaborations between symposium attendees and hosting organisations.

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SymbioticA BioArt Workshop, Bangalore

India's first intensive Biological Art Workshop and Masterclass National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore

Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology and the National Centre for Biological Sciences, in collaboration with The Arts Catalyst and SymbioticA, organised an intensive five-day workshop for artists and others interested people. Led by SymbioticA’s Director Oron Catts and his scientific collaborator Greg Cozens from the University of Western Australia.

This hands-on workshop demonstrated the tools of modern biology through artistic engagement, which in turn gives voice to the broader philosophical and ethical exploration into the extent of human intervention with other living things. It involves exploration of biological technologies and issues stemming from their use, and serves as a theoretical and practical introduction to the creation of biological art and is aimed at educating artists from India in issues of biotechnology and the life sciences.

The workshop covered hands-on engagement with these technologies in order to be able to carry out and critique manipulation of living systems from an informed practical perspective. The practical components include DNA extraction and fingerprinting, genetic engineering, plant and animal tissue culture and basic tissue engineering techniques.

The workshop will present work of contemporary artists dealing with biotechnology. Scientists will be involved discussing ethical issues raised by artists' work in this area and leading visit to NCBS laboratories. At the end of the week, the ideas explored in the workshop will be opened out with a public discussion event at a venue to be announced in Bangalore.

Attendance

Attendance at the workshop was by selection through open submission or by invitation made by Srishti, SymbioticA, the artist in residence at NCBS, and The Arts Catalyst's curator, currently in residence at Srishti. Artists are expected to be available and present for the entire week-long workshop, as this is an intensive process of learning and social interaction.

The organisers believe that the effects of the workshop will be felt in the long-term, as the artists, having learned the technology, will start working on their own biotech projects, or at least feel their work is informed by the experience.

About SymbioticA

SymbioticA is part of The School of Anatomy and Human Biology, Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences, University of Western Australia. SymbioticA is an artistic laboratory dedicated to the research, learning and critique of life sciences. SymbioticA is the first research laboratory of its kind, in that it enables artists to engage in wet biology practices in a biological science department.

SymbioticA sets out to provide a situation where interdisciplinary research and other knowledge and concept generating activities can take place. It provides an opportunity for researchers to pursue curiosity-based explorations free of the demands and constraints associated with the current culture of scientific research while still complying with regulations. SymbioticA also offers a new means of artistic inquiry, one in which artists actively use the tools and technologies of science, not just to comment about them, but also to explore their possibilities.

Links to the organisers' websites

SymbioticA
Srishti
National Centre for Biological Science, Bangalore

The workshop was supported by

The School of Anatomy and Human Biology, and Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences, University of Western Australia, NCBS and the Sir Rattan Tata Trust.

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