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, particle physics, 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: Magnus Bunnskog, Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback, Leif Dahlberg, Luc Derycke, Agostino Di Scipio, Gerhard Eckel, Örjan Ekeberg, Sabine Höhler, Victor Jaschke, Ioana Jucan, Anders Lansner, Tina O'Connell, Daniel Peltz, David Pirrò, Martin Rumori, Hanns Holger Rutz, Martin Sahlén, Pelin Sahlén, Michael Schwab, Karolina Sobecka, Phoebe Stubbs, Nina Stuhldreher, Neal White, Marcus Wrangö and many more.
In cooperation with the Royal College of Music, the Royal Institute of Art, the Royal Institute of Technology, Färgfabriken, Audiorama, and the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.
Funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF (PEEK, AR 257)