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Infusion

 
Infusion

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LABORATORIA Art&Science Space
24 september 2011 — 5 november 2011

Curator: Daria Parkhomenko

Scientific curator: Mikhail Burtsev

Organiser: LABORATORIA Art&Science Space

Artists:

  • Yury Albert
  • Natalia Zintsova
  • Ira Korina
  • Maxim Ksuta
  • Andrey Kuzkin
  • Arkady Nasonov
  • Zlata Ponirovskaya
  • Rostan Tavasiev
  • Dmitry Teselkin
  • Valia Fetisov
  • Sergey Shutov

Sciеntists:

  • Konstantin Anokhin
  • Mikhail Burtsev
  • Olga Gerasimova
  • Olga Efimova
  • Konstantin Lakhman
  • Olga Svarnik

The INFUSION project presents the results of interaction between artists based in Moscow and members of the Neuroscience Department at The Kurchatov Institute National Research Center. Their meetings were held in the laboratories of the Neuroscience Department and in the LABORATORIA Art&Science Space.

The main subject of their communication was contemporary brain research: an understanding of  higher nervous activity, behavior, mental processes and memory. These questions are central for both scientists and artists. The essential condition for the works to be included into the project was their relevance to the criteria of “adequate dialogue” between arts and science:

  • understanding of the relevant scientific agenda
  • openness to the interaction with scientists
  • visual expressiveness

Analysis of the experiment’s outcome allowed us to divide the art projects into three groups. The first consists of the works made by artists (Ira Korina, Valia Fetisov, Rosan Tavasiev), who applied approved schemes of scientific experiment and thus created special and relevant environments, which let them widen the existing scientific research.

The second group (Sergey Shutov, Natalia Zintsova, Maxim Ksuta) consists of ‘adventurous suggestions’ that don’t have an approved scientific relevance (first of all because of the all-embracing and paradoxical approach to the topic).

The third group (Andrey Kuzkin, Dmitry Teselkin, Yury Albert, Arkady Nasonov) presents the projects that criticize the mere possibility of interaction between artistic and scientific mentality, ascertain the invincibility of the medium barrier and the rupture between mainstream, scientific and cultural values. 

In the context of this project, the artists’ research into the brain is not just another quick intrusion into the field of science, but an experiment where the primary goal is compromise and the need to listen to other people is transformed into a new kind of quality and becomes the actuality of artistic self-expression synchronized with contemporary science.

 







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