THE BIG PICTURE – Symposium – Science & Art II / Prix Forum II – Interactive Art

In the afternoon session, the art-science discussion goes a bit deeper, scrutinizing in particular whether art is in a position to go beyond interpreting scientifically induced pictures of the world and can itself, in a comparable way, engender and propagate new concepts about our world and the interrelationships and interactions in it. Julius von Bismarck (DE), the first artist-in-residence in the program under the joint aegis of CERN and Ars Electronica, will present his work and relate his experiences, and then go into detail in a panel discussion with James Wells (US), his scientific advisor during his residency, and Ariane Koek (UK/CH), CERN’s director of artistic affairs. CERN physicist Michael Doser will moderate. The broad spectrum of positions that artistic works can take with respect to scientific issues will occupy the focal point of the rest of the afternoon session. The work presentations by prizewinners in the Hybrid Art and Interactive Art categories will demonstrate once again the great fascination as well as relevance such works can achieve beyond the discrete domain of art.

Sa/Sat 1. 9. 15:00 – 17:30
Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz

15:00 – 15:20 Julius von Bismarck (DE)
15:20 – 15:45 Julius von Bismarck (DE), Ariane Koek (UK/CH), James Wells (US)
15:45 – 16:05 Jo Thomas (UK)
16:05 – 16:25 Agnes Meyer-Brandis (DE)
16:25 – 16:40 Break
16:40 – 17:30 Isobel Knowles & Van Sowerwine (AU), Timo Toots (EE)
Moderated by Michael Doser (AT/CH)

Julius von Bismarck (DE) is the 2012 Collide@CERN prizewinner. He lives and works in Berlin, where he studies at the Institute for Spatial Experiments. Prior to that, he graduated from the MFA program at Hunter College in New York. He won a Golden Nica at the 2008 Prix Ars Electronica for his “Image Fulgarator”.

James Wells (US) is a theoretical physicist and a member of the scientific staff at CERN. The recipient of numerous prizes, he was previously a professor at the University of Michigan and the University of California, and also worked at the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg.

Jo Thomas (UK) is a London-based musician. She uses multichannel systems to produce pieces in which she works with microsounds, pure tones and interference pulses as a means of dealing musically with the polarity of failure and success. She is the recipient of the 2012 Golden Nica in the Prix Ars Electronica’s Digital Musics & Sound Art category.

Agnes Meyer-Brandis (DE) is at the experimental edge of art and science with her work in both
sculpture and new media art. Exhibited worldwide, it is exploring the zone between fact and fiction. She received an Prix Ars Electronica 2012 Award of Distinction Hybrid Art.

Isobel Knowles (AU) is an artist who works predominantly with animation. She incorporates it into installations, films, music videos, commercial work and anywhere else it might fit in.

Van Sowerwine (AU) is a media artist active in the fields of animation, installation and interaction. For many years, she has been collaborating with Isobel Knowles (AU) on stop-motion animated works and interactive installations that are exhibited worldwide. At the 2012 Prix Ars Electronica, she was singled out for recognition with an Award of Distinction in the Interactive Art category.

Timo Toots (EE) studied computer science and photography. Since 2005, he has been producing interactive art projects that analyze, comment on and reflect upon developments in Information Society. He also works on projects about public spaces. He received the 2012 Golden Nica in the Prix Ars Electronica’s Interactive Art category.