DIGITAL TRANSPLANTS: Mediated SciArt
Digital Transplants: Mediated SciArt is curated by Bojana GinN with the assistance of Meredith Kooi & ALTERED MEANS.
In Western culture, art and science have not always been separate from each other. In Greek philosophy, techne referred to concrete practices: craftsmanship, artisanry, medicine, music. It also referred to the specific knowledge a practitioner gains by engaging with the subject or material.
Until the Enlightenment, a philosophical movement that began in Europe in the 18th century, artist-scientists such as Leonardo da Vinci partook in practices and studies that spanned the arts and sciences: engineering, anatomy, painting, sculpture, mathematics. For example, Leonardo da Vinci integrated his observational researches and fine arts practices, painting both the iconic Mona Lisa and conducting anatomical autopsies.
DIGITAL TRANSPLANTS presents a snapshot of contemporary art that engages biology as laboratory practice, research method, material, and theoretical framework. The works included in the exhibition employ video, installation, and imaging technologies to probe perception, consciousness, reality, systems, and nature -- topics and problems shared by scientists.
DIGITAL TRANSPLANTS introduces Atlanta audiences to the burgeoning field of art and science with works that have not previously been shown in the city. Many of these works, mediations through video documentation, visualize our world of interconnected organic, technological, and machinic entities. Additionally, Digital Transplants provides the viewer with contextual information and texts that have been important to the field including Arthur I. Miller’s Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science Is Redefining Contemporary Art and Leonard Shlain’s Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light, and issues of Sciart Magazine which was founded and edited by Julia Buntaine.