The Cultural Negotiation Of Science
CHRISTINE BORLAND & BRODY CONDON, FIONA CRISP, CHRIS DORSETT
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead / Level 1
Saturday 7 – Thursday 12 September 2013
as part of British Science Festival
Symposium & Networking Event: Monday 9 September / 11.00–17.00
Extraordinary Renditions: the Cultural Negotiation of Science features new art works in development by artists from BxNU, a research institute inaugurated within the award-winning partnership between BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University based at BALTIC 39. For the duration of the British Science Festival Borland/Condon, Crisp and Dorsett will use Level 1 of BALTIC, Gateshead to show evolving projects that challenge the instrumental status of art in the promotion of scientific understanding.
Visitors are invited to explore the possibility that art can negotiate the ethical, political and philosophical dilemmas that place scientific achievement outside the ‘ordinary’ and engage with creative approaches that render knowledge, most usually associated with the scientific realm, as a stimulating form of contemporary art.
A symposium and networking event on Monday 9 September 2013 explored how this extra-ordinary knowledge can be ‘performed’, rather than illustrated, and will see the artists share current research and foster new associations with invited scientists, artists, writers and curators.
Participants will include Professor Volker Straub, Harold Macmillan Professor of Medicine from the Institute of Human Genetics; artist Mariele Neudecker who has produced artworks with Invisible Dust working with Deep Sea scientist, Professor Alex Rogers, Department of Zoology, Oxford University; Alan Smith, artist and director of Allenheads Contemporary Arts who are currently running the cross-disciplinary project “95%”; Alice Sharp, Curator and Director Invisible Dust and Dr. Rob La Frenais, Curator of The Arts Catalyst.
Final Plenary Session