Arts & Science: Genesis of an Artistic Fact

Project poster by Gabriel Dörner

In summer 2021 scientists and artists come together for a unique exchange between the disciplines. The project “Entstehung einer künstlerischen Tatsache” (“Genesis of an Artistic Fact”) enables scientists to gain new perspectives on their work and artists to expand their artistic practice through scientific methods.

Thereby, the artists create a piece of art that can serve as a starting point for a social discourse on optical detection methods in research. In the end, a joint exhibition by all five participating artists (collectives) will show the results of the transdisciplinary dialogue. The science city Jena will be developed as a meeting point for the arts & science community. An artistic research process that is transparent for the public and the communities provides the basis for future encounters between science and art.

The Arts & Science Residency has already started and the artists have moved into their studios! We are looking forward to welcoming:

  • Andrea Garcia Vasquez will be working with the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology,
  • Claus Schöning Lam Yong will dedicate himself to the Electron Microscopic Centre of the University Hospital Jena (EMZ) and
  • Luca Spano wants to focus on exploring the limits of the visible - together with the German Optical Museum, the EMZ and the Department of Nanobiophotonics at the Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies.
  • Tamara Knapp will be conducting experiments together with the Leibniz-HKI. In the world of microbiology there are structures, growth patterns and architectures that cannot be found in our everyday macro-world. For the designer eye trained in superficiality and visual aspects, this can be very inspiring! As part of the residency, the graphic designer and artist Tamara Knapp would like to deal with these special structures. Together with the bioinformatician Jan-Philipp Praetorius, Doctoral researcher within FungiNet Project B4, she will carry out experiments and deal with the working methods of automated microscopy, as artificial intelligence such as neural networks are also increasingly used in tools and programs for graphic design. In this way Tamara Knapp builds an exciting bridge between applied artistic and scientific disciplines!
  • Masami Saito looks inward: She is interested in bacteria and fungi that colonize the human intestine. Like a nested container, we carry all of these living things in our intestines. And just as humans influence intestinal bacteria and fungi, the reverse is also true - right up to the psyche. In a cycle in which stress, nutrition and other external factors influence the condition of our intestines, our mood and well-being are also subject to constant change in the feedback. Masami Saito is interested in how these factors act as 'filters' for our perception of the world. In order to find out, she will work closely with Sarah Vielreicher, Doctoral researcher within FungiNet Project C5 as well as with Ann-Kathrin Zimmermann (InfectControl) and Mario Kapitan (CSCC).

The joint exhibition will take place from October 2nd until November 13th, 2021 at TRAFO in Jena.

You can find the detailed artistic concepts on the project website.

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