Technarte ignites visual discussions with a two-day conference held this Thursday, December 10th & Friday 11th at the Writers Boot Camp in Bergamot Station. Artworks from selected from the conference will be on display December 10 – January 2nd with the preview Thursday Dec 10th and the Opening Artist Reception/ Exhibition on Saturday December 12th, 7pm – 9pm at Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA) in DTLA.
For the last ten years Technarte has been held annually in Bilboa, Spain. Their primary focus is to encourage artists to challenge the traditional boundaries and preconceptions of what is considered art and its connection with using science and technology in advancing what we perceive as modern art. Intertwining mediums has cultivated into a rebirth of sci-fi tech art that lends itself to the rapid growth of futuristic new medias that include robotics, mobile, Sciart, Nanoart, and Bioart. Terminologies foreign to some but not to these twelve distinguished speakers and artists who be delving deeper in what it means to integrate three disciplines; activating all the senses changing our perception of what is considered art and the process in which it’s made.
Technarte Conference Speakers
The two-day conference provides a platform that cultivates innovative ideas while fostering new opportunities for artists by interacting with successful working industry innovators. Conference speakers include: Behnaz Farahi, Elena Manferdini, Eddo Stern, Jaime de los Rios, Jennifer Steinkamp, Nova Jiang and Cameron McNall For more info on Technarte’s speakers go to www.technarte.org.
Artist(s) + Art(works) in Exhibition
LACDA, founded by Gallery Director, Rex Bruce has been a staple in the Downtown Los Angeles art scene for fifteen years. The gallery is known for highlighting advancements in new media, video art and digital photography and photo manipulation. Technarte selected works that have made an impact in the last decade from previous exhibitions to display at the exhibit from Dec. 10 – Jan 2nd. (Preview Thursday December 10th coinciding with the Downtown Artwalk and official Reception December 12th at 7pm.)
Artist disciplines are transmitted through various mediums such as Mobile art, Nano art, Bio art, Sciart, Robotic Art and more.
Artists Include; OPN Studio, Frederik De-Wilde, Alessandro Scali, Patxi Araujo, Rachael Runner, and Joaquin Fargas.
So what are these disciplines?
Robotic Art is any artwork that employs some form of robotic or automated technology. Computers, sensors and actuators are programmed to respond to viewer interactions as a type of Robotic Installation. The behavior of these types of installations can be altered by artist or participant input, which differentiates these artworks from other types of Kinetic Art.
Susana Ballesteros and Jano Montañés of OPN Studios signature style is a combination in training of Art, Design, Programming, Mechanical, Electronics and Audiovisual.
Their investigation reflects on the “individual” as a social being in the broad context using the unification of Art, Science and Technology, delving deeper into the topics of individualism, isolation, narcissism and social behavior. Facilitating a reflection by creating a more direct dialogue with the viewer using new technologies such as electronics, robotics, video and interactive installation as a primary means of expression and direct transmitter.
Sciart (Science + art = Sciart) is art that is inspired by science and created with scientific tools and materials. Frederik De Wilde is an (inter) transdisciplinary artist, researcher and interfacer, working on the interstice of art + science + technology. De Wilde is a creative and innovation consultant, micro entrepreneur, TED speaker, artistic and scientific advisory board member, project manager, (interaction) designer and teacher. De Wilde’s art is often experimental and tries to offer new insights in the nature of art, science and technology, how they interact (process) and how it can take shape (result). His artworks have been exhibited in Europe, USA, Asia and Australia. His latest artworks have been awarded internationally. Blackest black project in collaboration with NASA, or his Quantum noise fluctuation based 3D models are two of his most representative projects related to art and science.
NanoArt is a one of the newer art disciplines which intersects art-science-technology sub-categories featuring Nanolandscapes (molecular & atomic landscapes which are natural structures of matter at molecular and atomic scales) and Nanosculptures (structures created by scientists and artists by manipulating matter at molecular and atomic scales using chemical and physical processes). These structures are visualized with powerful tools like scanning electron microscopes and atomic force microscopes as their scientific images are captured and further processed by using different artistic techniques to convert them into artworks.
Nanoartist, Alessandro Scali, is a creative researcher from Turin, Italy who begun to work with nanotechnology in 2006, collaborating with a team of PhDs from Polytechnic of Turin. Scali plays on the aesthetic paradox of exposing ideas, concepts and artworks that cannot be seen, nevertheless being non-existent or unreal. The success of this radical form of artistic expression is validated by national and international exhibits (among all, the Biennale of Contemporary art of Sevilla and Principia Exhibition in Piazza del Duomo,) but also by the number of conferences held by Scali in Europe and Canada. Alessandro Scali is currently one of the few international artists invited to join the Moon Arts Project, whose objective is to bring human art on the surface of the moon.
Software. I know, lets not be redundant on the matter but how many of us have actually looked up the definition and regularly researched the developers of new software development.
Software is any set of instructions that directs a computer to perform specific operations. Computer software consists of computer programs, libraries and related non-executable data (such as online documentation or digital media).
Patxi Araujo is an artist and professor of the Department of Art and Technology Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU. As an experienced fine art artist he has applied his research in scenery, sound, visual generation, installations, events and interactive environments. His work explores the relationships between art, technology and poetics. From this interest was born Clarke’s 3rd Law (2008), a project that analyzes and recreates the territory of the techno-magic and Tears of Alice (2009), conceived as a meeting point for an aesthetic synaesthesic and hyper-connective. Soft Wall (2010) investigates significant applications throughout the world mapping.
He is currently in development for the Codex Contaminari Humana Coded as an exercise of aesthetic criticism and creation around the concept of the “human”. Through bodies, perceptions and metaphors coming from environments of culture, programming, robotics, artificial life and simulation, the project researches the human-machine dialogue. In digital culture of apparent realities, of artifacts without soul and disembodied thoughts, Araujo is working with software entities located in the unlikely boundary between a spiritual dimension and other purely technological.
Mobile Art. At this point, “mobile” was synonymous with the term “kinetic art”, describing sculptural works in which motion is a defining property.
Rachael Runner is a BotArtist who lives on the Internet. Designed and programmed by INTACT Project (Manuel Teran, Jaime de los Rios, Jorge Ruiz and Sara Abánades Malinarich), she is part of Carnival system. Soon she began his career as an independent robot artist. Rachael Runner creates and distributes her work to users who use twitter hashtag #telepresence answering them with a realtime image created from a photograph taken by a webcam and digitally operated. The image includes the text of the original tweet and is accompanied by a verse from the poet and filmmaker José Val del Omar (19041982).
Of all the genres listed bio art seems to be the one that is of utmost relativeness given climate change, stem cell research and other global advancements effecting the future of how society with live and interact with one another.
Bio Art is an art practice where humans work with live tissues, bacteria, living organisms, and life processes. Using scientific processes such as biotechnology (including technologies such as genetic engineering, tissue culture, and cloning) the artworks are produced in laboratories, galleries, or artists’ studios.
Through art, Joaquin Fargas, teaches how to understand nature and proposes to raise awareness about the environment and its care. He currently is the Art Director of the Bioart Laboratory at Maimónides University of Buenos Aires, which he founded in 2008. He is also Professor of Art and Technology in the Multimedia Design Career at the same institution. Through science, Fargas popularizes concepts and theories in a playful and poetic way. His work proposes a utopian life, its preservation and the relationship between human beings and the future.
In his works, Joaquín Fargas uses biological materials and technological tools to break down boundaries and generate new possible dialogues and hybrid ecologies. Since the early 2000’s, he incorporated digital, communication and robotic technologies to his projects. An example of biotechnology can be seen in the artworks made in the Bioart Laboratory since 2008.
Art is moving further away from the classic creation into a more advanced multimedia exploration where the viewer somehow is an active participant in its creation. Esoteric philosophies along technological advancements are accepted and fused with scientific ideas and creations. Our virtual realities, second lives are fused in digital paintings, photography and video to create fine art. Technarte is leading the way introducing the world to the innovators and visionaries of these progressive ways of thinking and creating. Don’t miss a chance to meet and hear the speakers leading in these disciplines when Art, Science and Technology meet at The Writers Boot Camp Thursday December 10th and Friday December 11th. Exhibition preview Thursday December 10th and Opening Reception Saturday December 12th 7pm -9pm at Los Angeles Center For Digital Art (LACDA.) For more information visit www.technarte.org