Pittsburgh is hosting an exciting exhibition this week that firmly establishes artists at the crossroads of a new form of artistic-scientific-technological expression.
will premier at the Miller Gallery at CMU this Friday, featuring the work of several international (and one Pittsburgh) artist. It will run from Jan. 20 to March 5 when it will leave on a national tour.
"Intimate Science" is about artists who are standing at the intersection of art, science and technology, taking on ambitious work that penetrates several disciplines without dependency on the industrial scientific sector, explains Andrea Grover, guest curator.
An Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellow
at CMU, Grover spent four months working at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at CMU in 2010, researching artists working in scientific or industrial environments in the 1960s. She previously curate "29 Chains to the Moon
," at Miller about artists' proposals for producing the energy, food, transportation and shelter for a rapidly growing world population.
"Artists today are no longer at a removed distance from the art they are creating about science, but are an integral part of biological experiments, materials research and technological interaction," says Glover." "'Intimate Science' is physically taking place now, but on an intimate, domestic scale. Many of the artists work out of their home laboratories or home research facilities."
It's work that wouldn't have been possible 10 years ago, assisted by the Internet, which has provided unprecedented access to information and resources while giving artists agency to work on ambitious technological and scientific projects without dependency on the industrial or scientific sector, she adds.
The exhibit will feature several projects:
Philip Ross of San Francisco's work in the realm of “bio techniques,” using living organic materials--plants and fungals--to make sculptural and architectural works and videos about microorganisms. His “mycotecture” series is an experiment using reishi mushrooms as a sustainable construction material.
Markus Kayser of London raises the bar on sustainable micromanufacturing through "SolarSinter,” which combines a custom-made 3D printer with solar power to transform sand — on site in the Sahara — into glass objects.
Center for Post Natural History of Pittsburgh is a natural history museum, under the direction of Rich Pell of CMU, that focuses on the "post natural" varieties of life that are often excluded from scientific taxonomy such as transgenic organisms that have been altered by humans through selective breeding, genetic engineering and other biological tampering.
BCL (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara) of Tokyo, a project that has biologically-engineered (or hacked) genetically modified flowers--for example, carnations that have a bluish purple color --back into living plants with the intention of creating an “open source” population of these flowers.
The exhibit will run until March 4 when it embarks on tour, making stops at Southern Exposure in San Francisco and Real Art Ways in Hartford. Check listings
for the numerous activities and lectures.
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Andrea Grover, CMU
Image Courtesy of "Intimate Science"