Transpositions: From science to art (and back)
The final research event of the project Transpositions: Artistic Data Exploration.
Stockholm, 4–6 October 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.
With contributions by: Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback, Leif Dahlberg, Luc Derycke, Gerhard Eckel, Sabine Höhler, Victor Jaschke, Ioana Jucan, Tina O'Connell, Daniel Peltz, David Pirrò, Hanns Holger Rutz, Pelin Sahlén, Michael Schwab, Phoebe Stubbs, Nina Stuhldreher, Neal White and many more.
WEDNESDAY 4 OCTOBER
Introduction: “Presenting Transpositions” – TP project team.
Keynote lecture: “Transpositions: From Traces to Data to Facts through Preparations, Models, and Simulations” – Hans-Jörg Rheinberger.
Opening performance: “Objects of Uncertain Origin” – Daniel Peltz and Ioana Jucan.
THURSDAY 5 OCTOBER
Panel discussion: “Engaging Transpositions: Science and Art, part I” – TP project team, scientists and guests.
Audio-visual installation: “The Illusion of Simultaneity” – TP project team.
Sounds from all happening sites meet at Audiorama to drive a dynamical system exposed as a light installation.
The idea that someone on the other side of the globe is doing something at the very same time as I am doing something else here and now, e.g. hitting the comma key on my computer keyboard right after the next word, relies on a certain notion of simultaneity that most likely could not exist before Standard Time had been established only about a century ago. Global synchronisation at ever greater precision is required for global navigation, travel, and communication. But is there a way to experience simultaneity or does it remain an abstract idea? The sound and light installation “The Illusion of Simultaneity” by the TP project team explores this question using acoustic data created at the Stockholm sites of the Transpositions research event. Streamed to Audiorama via the Internet, the acoustic events animate a dynamical system continiously forming and visualising hypotheses about their degree of simultaneity.
“503 cluster waves” – An audio-visual installation by Marcus Wrangö with musical material sequenced by cosmological data.
“Friedman balancing a pencil on its point” – An audio installation by Magnus Bunnskog for disklavier, electronics and mechanics.
Panel discussion: “Engaging Transpositions: Science and Art, part II” – TP project team, scientists and guests.
Performance and discussion: “Experiment on a bird in the air pump” – Karolina Sobecka.
Concert installation: “Complexity and Complication” – TP project team.
FRIDAY 6 OCTOBER
Discussion: “Objects of Uncertain Origin” – Daniel Peltz and Tina O’Connell/Neal White.
13.00–14.00 (Dome of Visions)
Performance installation: “The Rattler” – TP project team and David Granström.
Excursion/incursion: “Deep Architectures of Enquiry” – Tina O’Connell/Neal White.
Project launch with guests: “From Data to Process: Algorithms that Matter” – Hanns Holger Rutz and David Pirrò.
Dinner (special ticket).
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)