EVOLUTION HAUTE COUTURE: ART AND SCIENCE IN THE POST-BIOLOGICAL AGE

Special Art Project of the Third Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art 

LABORATORIA Art&Science Space    (3, Obukha per., Moscow)
September 22 – November 8, 2009
Opening: September, 21 at 9 p.m.

Organizers of the project: Kaliningrad Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, LABORATORIA Art&Science Space
Project curator: Dmitry Bulatov

  

Science may be the last remaining taboo
in contemporary art…

The National Center for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad Branch, Russia) together with LABORATORIA Art&Science Space (Moscow) present a collection of documentary films about artworks recently created using the latest twenty-first century technologies: artificial life, robotics, bio and genetic engineering. The medium in these artworks is living or lifelike matter, and the properties of living organisms and technologically reproduced artefacts are combined to produce the method. Art created under these new conditions of postbiology – that is, under conditions of artificially generated life – cannot avoid making this artificiality its explicit theme. We are thus again confronted with the question of the relationship between art and life in a completely new context defined by biological and abiological creations, works, and beings. This collection is the first comprehensive overview of the current stage of contemporary techno-biological art. It provides a panorama of artistic strategies for granting and withdrawing the gift of authenticity. The analysis of these strategies opens up new possibilities for creative production and cultural commentary. In 2009 the Evolution Haute Couture project won the National Innovation Prize (Russia), awarded annually for achievements in contemporary visual arts. 

International Coordination Council
Dmitry Bulatov, Council Coordinator, The National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Kaliningrad, Russia
Roy Ascott, Professor of Technoetic Art, The University of Plymouth, United Kingdom
Oron Catts, Director, SymbioticA, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Ken Rinaldo, Professor of Art and Technology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
Stephen Wilson, Professor of Art and Technology, The San Francisco State University, USA 

Sections of the collection
— Artificial but Actual (Artificial Life)
— Limits of Modeling (Evolutionary Design)
— Shining Prostheses (Robotics)
— Body as Technology (Technobody Modification)
— More than a Copy, Less than Nothingness (Bio and Genetic Engineering)
— Semi-Living (Tissue and Stem Cells Engineering) 

Participating 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

Available 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, 196 pages, catalogue + 2 DVD-ROM, KB NCCA, Kaliningrad, 2009. Web site: www.videodoc.ncca-kaliningrad.ru/ 

Credits
Idea of the project and sci-art-composition: Dmitry Bulatov
Video-engineering, design: Oleg Blyablyas (project co-author)
Logo: Pavel Saveliev
Web: Yevgeny Palamarchuk
DVD-ROM Authoring: Alexey Chebikin
Translations: Sergej Mikhailov, Eugeny Volkov, Ekaterina Shamova, Darya Pyrkina, Tatiana Mishunina, Tatiana Burykhina, Eugenia Kolesnichenko, Dmitry Bulatov 

Laboratoria Art&Science Space
Director, curator: Daria Parkhomenko
Coordinator: Ekaterina Chuchalina
Assistant: Olga Sharkovich 

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

3 Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art
www.3rd.moscowbiennale.ru 

LABORATORIA Art&Science Space
www.newlaboratoria.ru

10.09.2009





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