Colliding Epistemes: Science for Art's sake ?
Hosted by: Bozar - Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels
May 06 - June 19, 2022
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM GMT 1
Rue Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000
Can art change science? Can science change art?
This exhibition is the culmination of these collaborative residencies. It explores the potential of art practices to reshape the governing paradigm of scientific understanding by disrupting its atomized logic and pushing research methodologies to the boundaries of the possible. It brings together artworks that emerge from the crucible of a collaborative process in which laboratories, technologies and expertise have opened up to the catalyst of artistic invention. Liberating enquiry from the constraints of Holocene epistemologies, such settings create the conditions for unconventional responses to planetary challenges to be articulated. With the reversal of the usual division of roles, “science for art’s sake” could be the alternative maxim of art-science collaborations in which art poses the questions and science illuminates a pathway to outcomes. The diversity of approaches in the exhibition reflects the eclectic palette of scientific expertise engaged in the Studiotopia project, from oncology to marine biology, chemistry to ecological psychology, seismology to more-than-human anthropology, as well as palaeontology, photonics, data science and plant biology.
The exhibition is conceived as a tripartite constellation of cellular clusters presenting collaborations that materialize the shifting sands of artistic and scientific concern in the Anthropocene. In the first cluster on Speculative Ecologies artists draw on alternative epistemes to challenge the spatial order and temporalities of the Anthropocene. The second cluster Earthly Sensorium gathers artworks that create the conditions for heightened ecological sensitivity and challenge societal indifference towards fellow species. The third cluster on Hacking Technocracy gathers art practices that subvert the technological panaceas and superficial solutions to systemic problems advocated by corporate and political interests.
Curators of the exhibition are Maja and Reuben Fowkes.
Info & tickets: https://bit.ly/STUDIOTOPIA-EXPOBXL
Sandra Lorenzi & Jean-Christophe Marine, How to Read Poetry to Cancer Cells? © Damon De Backer/Bozar
Siobhan McDonald, Cosmic Gas, 2022 © Courtesy of the artist
This exhibition is presented within the framework of the Studiotopia network, co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union.