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56th International Art Exhibition now closed

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Biennale College – Cinema

4th edition 2015 / 2016
Biennale College – Cinema


Creation at the Nexus of Science Technology and Art

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Ca’ Giustinian, 3-4 November 2015
11 | 03 | 2015

a dialogue of Art with Science and Technology

Scheduled on Tuesday November 3rd and Wednesday November 4th, the symposium Nexus - Creation at the Nexus of Science Technology and Art is organized by La Biennale di Venezia and the Directorate General CONNECT of the European Commission. The historic headquarters of La Biennale (Ca’ Giustinian) will gather scholars, critics, and artists together for two days of open debate.

“Do art, science and technology glare daggers at each other or do they sometimes walk arm-in-arm? – wonders the President of La Biennale Paolo Baratta. The artist creates freely and can sometimes even create as an antagonistic reaction to various forms of progress. On the other hand, at the very moment that he brings his worlds into being, he may consider what science, progress and technology have to offer as tools and important terms of reference for his work.
A complex relationship therefore, between diverse forms of vitality and energy, which deserves to be explored and brought to light without preconceived or conformist views. There is no one more qualified to do so than people working in institutions and centres that advance technology and science, in an open discussion with artists, curators and scholars of contemporary art.”

“Innovation addresses challenges of our society by invoking our creativity –says Ralph Dum, European Commission – STARTS programme - often rethinking and changing social practices and human habits. Here, technology (and design) are concerned with the 'what', with creative solutions to identified problems. Art ( and science) consider the 'why', via questions that reflect on innovation and its limits, on society and on the human condition. So Art and innovation complement each other and yet they have been kept apart in the institutional arrangements set up in the 20th century (in particular in education). This symposium will discuss if there is sufficient reason to have them interact and mutually reinforce each other while insisting on the independence of art from any utilitarian priorities and on the creative freedom of artists.”

Art Institutions increasingly explore how the artist thinks, rejects, analyses, is inspired by or inspires Science and Technology. High-tech industries and high-profile Scientific Institutions in turn create programmes that allow them to establish a dialogue with the world of Art, and help them to better reflect on their own priorities and processes.

La Biennale di Venezia and the European Commission, which is engaged in this dialogue with its STARTS – S&T & ARTS programme (See connecting Art and Innovation, have invited the representatives of Art Institutions, the coordinators of research and development teams in Industry and in the Academic world, and artists to exchange ideas on this theme.

- What will be the impact of this dialogue on artistic creation?
- What will be the impact of this dialogue on innovation in society and industry?
- How will such a dialogue renew practices in the arts and in technology and science?

These are just some of the questions that will open the symposium, with introductory remarks by President Paolo Baratta, by Ralph Dum, European Commission – STARTS programme, and by Bice Curiger, director of the magazine Parkett and curator of the Biennale Arte 2011.

Participating in the discussion will be, among others, Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Gerfried Stocker, Director of Ars Electronica in Linz, Gerald Bast, Director of the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Robert Trappl, Director of the Austrian Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Beatrice de Gelder, a neuroscientist from the University of Maastricht, Michele Bugliesi, Rector of the Università Ca’ Foscari in Venice, Alejandro Aravena, architect and curator of the upcoming Biennale Architettura 2016, Aldo Cibic, architect, designer and curator of the Padiglione Venezia at the Biennale Arte 2015, and artists such as Grazia Toderi, Agnieszka Kurant and Simon Denny.

The symposium is jointly funded by La Biennale, by European Commission – Directorate General CONNECT, by project DANCE (H2020 645553), and by the ERC grant 295673 of Beatrice de Gelder.

Program of the symposium (PDF) >>