Science, my muse

Art in a Suitcase

Presenting: Video pocket

Science, my muse / Ciencia, mi musa

Video art exhibition

23 de enero de 2023

Horario: 12:00 - 13:30 horas

Evento gratuito e híbrido

Sede: Auditorio del Centro de Ciencias de la Complejidad-UNAM Como llegar al C3

Trasmisión por el canal de YouTube del C3



Vasja Nagy-Hofbauer

Artists and works:

Andrew Mezvinsky (A/USA) – The Crude Randomness of the Mind
Eva Petrič (SLO) – Feeling Science
Eva Schlegel (A) – See the invisible
Nikolaus Gansterer (A) – Translecture on minor gesture
Robert Bodnar (A) – Heliocentric
Tilen Žbona (SLO) – The sound of materialization-Line and yellow spot 52/2
Uršula Berlot (SLO) – Suspension (Circle-Square)

This exhibition of video artworks is some kind of a record of a soft and gentle influence of science on artistic thought and expression. It is a story about how science can inspire the art and hot the art breaks down the rigidity of scientific rules and offers back the freedom of imagination and interpretation of reality. It is almost some kind of a love story between the two most important human activities that involve both rational and intuitive thinking in their processes. Today the challenge is to survive and cooperate with nature and the most feasible solution is a total cooperation or melting again the spiritual work scientists and artist do.

The link between sciences and arts is old, very old. It is old as culture itself going back to the cave painting, where the painter, the artist definitely was some kind of a scientist as well. But the cave age is distant in the physical, temporal aspect as well as conceptual and for common understanding of the intimate bond between art and science today renaissance serves the best and with it perhaps Leonardo da Vinci. While Leonardo, the last homo universalis, seems like a synonym of art and science as one entity, the time in which this genius lived, was the time when what we now understand as art split from the human activity we understand as science.

Although the artists kept track of contemporary discoveries of science all the time, the gap between them grow in time. It is a socio-economical phenomenon the diversification and autonomization of fields of production and knowledge that started to increase even more with enlightenment and industrial revolution. For the relationship between arts and sciences it culminated towards the end of the 20th century through promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in education as the most important for the development. Only recently art is coming back into the education system and also numerous science institutions like ESA and CERN for example are introducing art projects and exhibitions at their sites as well as involving artists in scientific researches for years already. And this is not to only help to better visualise scientific concepts but as an enhancement for the imagination in the complexity of concepts. Besides in the past 20 years number of artists that get involved with scientists at creating artworks is growing potentially because special knowledge is required to operate and understand the advanced technologies that shape humanity, society and individual bodies and minds.