San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
UNFOLDING REALITIES SYMPOSIUM
To accompany Central Saint Martins Degree Show One, MA Art and Science are hosting a one-day Symposium to explore the future of interdisciplinary practice, with guest speakers Rachel Armstrong, Oron Catts and Eve Mitleton-Kelly (chaired by Rob la Frenais), plus talks by graduating MA Art and Science students.
This event is free but please book to reserve a place.
Saturday 28th May 11:00 - 16:00
Historically artists were often polymaths, but over time - as fine art schools have become academised and deeper specialisms defined - areas that used to be perceived as within the artistic domain are more commonly occupied by scientists and technologists.
As the need continues to grow for multi-faceted solutions to ever-complex problems, there is an increasing call for alternative approaches to enquiry. Artists are encouraged to work alongside other practitioners in order to develop answers to difficult issues.
In this day of talks, activities and discussion we will be asking fundamental questions relating to the future of innovation and knowledge through interdisciplinary practices.
Unfolding Realities Symposium Schedule
11.00: Welcome (Nathan Cohen, Course Leader MA Art and Science)
11.20: UNFOLDING REALITIES | Talks and discussion by graduating MA Art and Science students (chaired by Heather Barnett, Course Lecturer MA Art and Science):
Panel 1: Stephanie Wong on embodied cognition, Aleksandra Borys on the overview effect and Marta Pinilla on the metaphor of folding.
Panel 2: Julius Colwyn on ecologies of thought, Silvia Krupinska on local nature and Mellissa Fisher with Dr Mark Clements on growth and form.
13.00: Lunch* including Degree Show Viewing (with artists present 13.45-14.30)
14.30: Talks and panel discussion with guest speakers, Rachel Armstrong, Oron Catts and Eve Mitleton-Kelly (chaired by Rob La Frenais, independent curator).
16:00: End (with the option of continuing discussion over a drink in the Platform Theatre Bar – pay bar)
* Lunch is not provided but there are plenty of restaurants and supermarkets in and around Granary Square.
Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Experimental Architecture at the Department of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University. She is also a 2010 Senior TED Fellow. She has just returned from a Robert Rauschenberg "Rising Waters 2" 2016 Fellowship Residency and is currently TWOTY Futurist of the year. She has collaborated extensively in the arts with practices as diverse as performance art, circus and installation work in her quest to establish an alternative approach to sustainability that couples with the computational properties of the natural world to develop a 21st century production platform for the built environment, which she calls 'living' architecture. @livingarchitect
Oron Catts is the Director of SymbioticA, The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia. He is also a Professor of Contestable Design at The Royal College of Arts, London, and a Visiting Professor at the School of Art, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Helsinki. He is an artist, researcher and curator whose pioneering work with the Tissue Culture and Art Project which he established in 1996 is considered a leading biological art project. In 2000 he co-founded SymbioticA, an artistic research centre housed within the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia. @OronCatts
Prof. Eve Mitleton-Kelly is Director of the Complexity Research Group at the London School of Economics; Senior Fellow in IDEAS (Centre for the Study of International Affairs, Diplomacy & Strategy); Policy Advisor to European and USA organisations, the European Commission, UK Government Departments and Scientific Advisor to the Governments of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Netherlands, Singapore and UK. Her research has concentrated on addressing apparently intractable problems at organisational, national and global levels and the creation of enabling environments based on complexity science. She has developed a theory of Complex Social Systems and a methodology to address complex problems and has led, and participated in over 30 research projects. @LSEComplexityGr
Rob La Frenais has been a contemporary art curator for 28 years, working internationally and creatively with artists entirely on original commissions. Current activity includes a project about Performance Magazine, which he founded in 1979, a new project with the artist Tomas Saraceno, When the Future Was About Fracking by HeHe at the VRC, DJCA (showing currently), Dundee University, Exoplanete Lot, Maison Des Arts Georges Pompidou, France and a touring exhibition, No Such Thing As Gravity, with FACT. From 1987-2014, Rob was the curator of The Arts Catalyst. @eminencegris
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This pioneering postgraduate course responds to a fast-emerging territory for interdisciplinary and collaborative art practice. The MA Art and Science gives students an opportunity to interrogate the creative relationships between art and science and how they can be communicated. They explore different approaches to making and presenting their work with the aim of proposing and realising innovative outcomes in practice and research.