Multi Nodal Art-Science Programs

SEAD

http://seadnetwork.wordpress.com/white-paper-abstracts/abstracts/

just approved a new abstract for a white paper submitted by Ionat Zurr and Oron
Catts ( details below)

In the white paper they announce:

The Art and Biology Lab in the Future Art Base, School of Art, Design and
Architecture at Aalto University,
will be opened in October 2012. This lab, differently to SymbioticA,
will be established as part of the
School of Art, Design and Architecture, and will be physically located at the
School of Electrical Engineering,
at Aalto University.

This introduces an interesting topic of how certain art and science programs
are becoming multi-institutional.=with Sybiotica at the University of Western
Australia now leading to a new program at the University at Aalto University
in Finland.
Roy Ascott and the Planetary Collegium have of course pioneered the
‘multi-nodal” approach to program development.

Perhaps this pre-figures new ways of developing programs in
a ‘network of networks’ paradigm.

The MIT Media Lab of course also created the now closed Media Lab
in Dublin.

It would be interesting to have other examples of multi-nodal art science
institutional development.

Roger

 

BIOLOGICAL ARTS

Dr. Ionat Zurr – Researcher & Academic Coordinator, SymbioticA, School
of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology,
The University of Western Australia. Visiting Researcher/Consultant,
Aalto University, Future Art Base, School of art and
Design. Helsinki Finland.

Oron Catts – Co-Founder and Director SymbioticA, School of Anatomy,
Physiology and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia.
Visiting Researcher/Consultant, Aalto University, Future Art Base,
School of art and Design. Helsinki Finland.

Current trends in the life sciences and their related technological
and engineering disciplines have a potential to
fundamentally and radically change the way humans relate and treat
life. This requires a cross-disciplinary effort
to deal with the emerging cultural, epistemological, ontological and
ethical issues of the new approaches to life.
There is a need to culturally scrutinise the transformative power of
the life sciences and engineering, to better
understand and articulate a situation that seems to lack a cultural
language. This paper will follow the developments
of two examples of artistically driven cross-disciplinary initiative
to engage, hands-on, with the life sciences
and its related technological and engineering disciplines. The first
is one of the earliest attempts to get artists
to research and develop life science projects from within a
biological school at a research university- SymbioticA-
The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Anatomy,
physiology and Human Biology at The University
of Western Australia and the second is one of newest initiatives in
this area – the Art & Biology Lab (working title),
at the Future Art Base, School of art and Design, Aalto University, Helsinki.

Case study one- SymbioticA

http://www.symbiotica.uwa.edu.au/

SymbioticA was established in 2000, as the first research laboratory
of its kind, enabling artists and researchers
to engage in wet biology practices in a biological science department.
SymbioticA is an artistic laboratory
dedicated to research, learning and critique of the life sciences. It
is the first research laboratory of its kind,
in that it enables artists to engage in wet biology practices in a
biological science department. With an
emphasis on experiential practice, SymbioticA facilitates research and
actions which constitute cultural scrutiny
regarding shifting perceptions of life, through better understanding
and articulation of artistic ideas around scientific
knowledge and informed critique of the ethical and cultural issues of
life manipulation. The focus on experiential
engagement with life led SymbioticA to develop programs that would
allow artists, designers and other humanities
and social science researchers access to labs and techniques usually
reserved only to scientists and engineers.
SymbioticA offers the only Science based Masters of Biological Arts,
as well as undergraduate units and higher
degrees (Masters, PhD) by research.

With more than twelve years history, around eighty residents’
researchers and scores of research projects,
SymbioticA can offer a range of case studies concerning models of art
and science/engineering collaborations
and mentorships. SymbioticA’s bottom up formation and ongoing
activities can also suggest lessons concerning
STEAM.

Using SymbioticA as a case study will cover areas such as:

Location- physical and disciplinary.
Academic – learning, teaching and research.
Core principals.
Collaboration vs. mentorship.
Research vs. production
Funding.
Case Study Two – Art and Biology Lab, Future Art Base, School of art
and Design at Aalto University:

The Art and Biology Lab in the Future Art Base, School of Art, Design
and Architecture at Aalto University,
will be opened in October 2012. This lab, differently to SymbioticA,
will be established as part of the
School of Art, Design and Architecture, and will be physically located
at the School of Electrical Engineering,
at Aalto University.

This initiative is a top down approach. One of the roles of the lab
will be to link Aalto School of Arts, Design and
Architecture with other Schools under the umbrella of Aalto
University, which is the result of three universities
merging in 2010: The Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki
University of Technology and The University of
Art and Design Helsinki.

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