From science to art (and back)


The final research event of the project Transpositions: Artistic Data Exploration.

Stockholm, October 4 to 6, 2017

Science and art are usually held distinct due to the different kinds of processes they employ and the character of the conclusions that they draw. However, what if artists were to extend scientific methodologies while radicalising their stance in post-conceptual art under the heading ‘artistic research’? How can scientific data be pushed to the limits of representation?


We think that science and art will still follow their own respective trajectories, yet they will start to ‘talk’ to each other in unexpected ways once their practices are enmeshed. After working with scientists and their data from fields as separate as computational neuroscience, quantum mechanics, cosmology, and molecular biology, and after preparing our artistic responses, we want to find out the character of our scientific-artistic conversations and how we can push the work even further.


Transpositions are artistic forms created from scientific data that respect the epistemic potential of their material under aesthetic conditions. Extending representational registers, transpositions propose a new aesthetic-epistemic logic of material difference rather than formal identity. Placing the focus on transpositional operators – their inner workings and as strict logic – suggests inconsistencies are not detrimental to knowledge but necessary stages in a game of heightened complexity.


The research event Transpositions: From science to art (and back) aims to provide an overview. It brings concepts, data, artworks, and people together for a three-day set of events spread across Stockholm. It offers numerous opportunities to engage with transpositions in exhibitions, installations, performances, presentations, and discussions.

Keynote lecture by Hans-Jörg Rheinberger.

With contributions by: Marcia Sá Cavalcante SchubackLeif DahlbergLuc DeryckeGerhard Eckel, Örjan EkebergSabine Höhler, Victor JaschkeIoana Jucan, Anders Lansner, Tina O'ConnellDaniel Peltz, David PirròHanns Holger Rutz, Martin SahlénPelin SahlénMichael SchwabPhoebe Stubbs, Nina Stuhldreher, Neal White and many more.

In cooperation with the Royal College of Music, the Royal Institute of Art, the Royal Institute of Technology, Färgfabriken, and Audiorama.


Funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF (PEEK, AR 257)


The event starts at 2pm on Oct. 4th and runs until 10pm on Oct. 6th.

Online registration will be available soon.


Please pre-register via email.

Royal College of Music

Royal Institute of Art

Royal Institute of Technology



Pre-study - Rebody

Case Study I - Lansner

Case Study II - Deep Inelastic Scattering

Case Study III - Cosmology

Case Study IV - DNA-folding



Keynote lecture Transpositions: From Traces to Data to Facts through Preparations, Models, and Simulations by Hans-Jörg Rheinberger

Book launch Transpositions. Aesthetico-Epistemic Operators in Artistic Research 1, Michael Schwab (Ed.), a new volume in the Orpheus Institute Series↗. A collaboration between Transpositions and MusicExperiment21↗. [more]

Crossings. A panel discussion transposed onto the stage of artistic research. With the artists and scientists of Transpositions, their work and invited guests. Moderated by Phoebe Stubbs.

From Data to Process: Algorithms that Matter. Hanns Holger Rutz and David Pirrò present their new artistic research project Algorithms that Matter↗; perspectives and project launch with guests. [more]

The Illusion of Simultaneity. Sounds from all happening sites meet at Audiorama to drive a dynamical system exposed as a light installation. An audio-visual transposition by the project team and guests.

Complexity and Complication. An audio-visual concert installation at the Royal College of Music by the Transpositions team featuring all case studies of the project.

Rattling Detector. An inflatable suspended in a temporary building turned into an instrument. An audio-visual installation by the project team at the Dome of Visions.

Premiere and screening of DA TA rush - the film, Austria 2017, by Nina Stuhldreher (director) and Victor Jaschke (camera). [more]

Objects of Uncertain Origin. An exhibition featuring works by Daniel Peltz as well as the artist duo Tina O’Connell and Neal White. [more]

Performing a Philosophy of Labor in Two Acts with a Light Second Attention on the Space Between. A collaborative performance by Daniel Peltz and Ioana Jucan. [more]

all that is data melts into air. A performance by Tina O'Connell and Neal White. [more]

Knowing and Not Knowing. An artist-led talk with Daniel Peltz, Tina O’Connell and Neal White. [more]

DA TA. Exhibiting a catalogue. 1. Lists 2. Sheets 3. Stacks 4. Miscellaneous by Luc Derycke.

A detailed programme and even more happenings will be announced soon.