THE BIG PICTURE – Symposium – Science & Art I / Prix Forum I – Hybrid Art

On Saturday, the symposium scene shifts from the Brucknerhaus to the Lentos, an ideal venue for a discussion of the respective roles allocated to art and science, and the real-world possibilities of and limits to collaboration between them. Scientist George Church (US) and artist Joe Davis (US), brilliant transgressors of the borders of their respective disciplines, will present their positions and work in the area of new biotechnologies. Afterwards, they’ll take part in a panel discussion about the theory and practice of collaboration among artists and scientists with curator and bio-art expert Jens Hauser (DE/FR) and CERN physicist Michael Doser (AT/CH). Then Gabriele Lohmann (DE) will elaborate of the role of new imaging methods in brain research, and give us an idea of the enormous potential the latest findings in the neurosciences have to change our views of humankind.

Sa/Sat 1. 9. 10:30 – 13:00
Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz

10:30 – 11:00 George Church (US)
11:00 – 11:30 Joe Davis (US)
11:30 – 11:50 George Church (US), Joe Davis (US), Jens Hauser (DE/FR)
11:50 – 12:00 Break
12:00 – 12:20 Hiroshi Ishiguro (JP)
12:20 – 12:45 Gabriele Lohmann (DE)
12:45 – 13:00 Discussion
Moderated by Michael Doser (AT/CH)

George Church (US) holds a chair in genetics at Harvard Medical School and heads the Center for Computational Genetics. In 1984, he became the first to decode a genome, which led to many other revolutionary discoveries and software developments in the fields of genetic engineering and synthetic biology.

Joe Davis (US) is an artist, researcher and scientist who works at, among other places, MIT’s Department of Biology. He has done intensive research in molecular biology and bioinformatics, created genetic databanks, and developed new biological art forms and numerous uncategorizable works at the nexus of art and science. His “Bacterial Radio” was honored with the 2012 Golden Nica in Hybrid Art.

Jens Hauser (DE/FR) lives and works in Paris as an author, cultural journalist and curator of such exhibitions as Synth-ethic (Vienna, 2011) and Fingerprints… (Berlin, 2011; Munich, 2012). He has dealt extensively with interactions between art and technology, and contextual aesthetics that transcend the boundaries of individual genres. He was a juror in the Prix Ars Electronica’s Hybrid Art category.

Hiroshi Ishiguro (JP) is a scientist and artist. He heads the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at the University of Osaka’s Department of Adaptive Machine Systems. He has made numerous guest appearances at Ars Electronica with extraordinary robots and robotics feats—for instance, his mechanical doppelgänger Geminoid H-1 and, most recently, Android-Human Theater (2011).

Gabriele Lohmann (DE) studied mathematics, mathematical logic and philosophy. She develops new methods of analyzing visual data—first, of satellite images of Earth for cartographical applications at the DLR–German Aerospace Center, and since 1995 in the field of brain research at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig.

Michael Doser (AT/CH) is a particle physicist working at CERN. He has been working with antimatter since 1983. In 2002, he was part of the team that made cold atoms of antihydrogen for the first time, and currently leads the AEGIS experiment that will measure how antimatter falls.