Art, science, technology. Summary of the work
The relationship between art, science has long been a topic of debate; it is certainly not since today that the question of the link between the two disciplines has been raised. But it is technology, understood as the modern scientific industrial complex, that has made the relationship between two thoughts even more compelling, converging and integrating them to the point of not distinguishing one from the other.
This is what emerged from the discussion at the table of the New Atlas of Digital Art, which we return to you here by points and in the full recording of the final speech by Fiorenza Lipparini, Managing Partner Plus Value, who coordinated the proceedings.,
The table returned both a reflection on the collaborative processes between art/science (we decided to graphically identify their connection in this way) and technologies, and an insight into the issues, perspectives, and challenges that an extreme of interdisciplinary collaborative processes can bring.
The table thus embraced the methodological approach proposed by Lorenzo Gerbi of Baltan Lab of in-disciplinarity, which is both breaking the patterns of disciplines and promoting “undisciplined” creative processes.
“We have spent years being trans-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary or cross-pollinated,” concluded the panel discussion, “but perhaps to truly work together we need to move away from the very concept of discipline, freeing ourselves from the prejudices of ‘what we do’ and approaching the process of co-creation on challenges between people-and not disciplines-united by the same goal.”
It is interesting to see how this undisciplined fluidity of thought generates innovation, especially when this is revealed in a single person, who, like Leonardo, undisciplinedly resembles in himself, the instances of science/art.
This remains the most important challenge of S+T+ ARTS, namely to replicate those processes that have occurred so many times in the past whereby artists/scientists have brought innovation to societies and industry.
We have always thought only of technology as an enabler, an “enabler,” but today the artist/scientist also becomes an enabler, allowing this new hybrid nature to express itself. But what nature?
In the state that characterizes the world today, at the boundary between natural and digital, Boundaries fall then not only between technology/science/art, and likewise rigid distinctions with respect to the object of speculation/creative research as theorized by Latour or experienced by John Cage collapse, boundaries between what is human, technology, data, cells, proteins, photons, electrons fall accordingly. The distinctions between matter and energy fall away, and quantum art is among the most interesting frontiers to explore with the S+T+ ARTS lens.
At the center is undisciplined thinking, thinking that listens, reworks and becomes actionability, undertaken at the community level that invites us to stop thinking as individuals but as collectivities, in the broadest sense, including artificial intelligences.
— Myrto Aristidou Research Fellow at CYENS CoE and PhD student at CUT (Cyprus University of Technology), Cyprus
— Christos Carras Executive Director Onassis Foundation, Greece
— Patrizia Cerutti Head of Science Education Programmes – Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, Italia
— Christophe De Jaeger Founding Director Gluon, Belgium
— Pablo de Soto Director of LABoral, Spain
— Lorenzo Gerbi Curator Baltan Laboratories, Netherlands
— Rodolfo Groenewoud van Vliet Director In4Art, Netherlands
— Jurij Krpan Artistic Director & Chief Curator Kersnikova, Slovenia
— Amanda Masha Co-director and curator Mutant Institute
of Environmental Narratives, Spain
— Alessio Rosati Head of Institutional Projects Fondazione MAXXI, Italia
— Rose Tytgat Project Manager Art Hub Copenhagen, Denmark
— Alexandra Vanhuyse Co-founder Snowball, Belgium
— Maria Xanthoudaki Head of Education – Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, Italia