Practices in transformation

A conference by the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki Finland, in
collaboration with the Finnish Bioart Society and Pixelache festival.

Time: 24-25.3.2010 10-17h
Location: Auditorium, Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Kaikukatu 4.
Accessible for everyone and free entry

Detailed schedule and more information:

Keynotes by Roy Ascott and Jill Scott

The beginning of the 21st century is characterized by an overwhelming
awareness of environmental issues. Facing the threat of global
warming, the findings of scientific research have become a subject of
intensive political debate. The ethical questions traditionally
discussed in the green-wing marginals have become mainstream, as
science has become a coffee-table topic.

The field of art that interacts with the practices of science and its
technologies is commonly referred to as ART&SCIENCE. During the past
decades, this hybrid field has become more or less established, with
landmark works, major institutions and written histories. However,
with the new wave of environmentalism, a further wave of artists
working with methods and questions related to scientific research has
also emerged.

The conference seeks to contextualize the practices of ART&SCIENCE
both in the contemporary political atmosphere and the history of
contemporary art.

The first day of the two-day conference focuses on the practices in
transformation as a result of research-orientation and
cross-disciplinarity, characteristic to the field of ART&SCIENCE.

The second day of the conference looks at the technologies of
encounter between human and non-human worlds. The aim is to address
the ethical discourse taking place in art practices which look at the
interaction between humans and non-humans.

Speakers include:
Pau Alsina (researcher, ESP)
Roy Ascott (artist, theorist, UK)
Laura Beloff (artist, researcher, FI)
Erich Berger (artist, coordinator ArsBioarctica, AUT/FI)
Andy Gracie (artist, UK/ESP)
Terike Haapoja (artist, FI)
Eija Juurola (forest researcher, FI)
Jan Kaila (artist, professor, FI)
Tuija Kokkonen (theatre director, FI)
Minna Långström (artist, lecturer, FI
Anu Osva (artist, FI)
Ingeborg Reichle (art historian, DE)
Antti Sajantila (professor, medical doctor, FI)
Jill Scott (artist, researcher, AUS/CH)
Helena Sederholm (professor, FI)
Raitis Smits (artist, curator, LV)
Ulla Taipale (curator, FI/ESP)
Manu Tamminen (microbiologist, FI)
Adam Zaretsky (artist, US)

Erich Berger
Coordinator ArsBioarctica

Terike Haapoja
Artist, Phd researcher

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