[spectre] Articles by the FEAT project Artists

Annick Bureaud abureaud at gmail.com
Wed Jul 19 17:01:22 CEST 2017

Dear Spectrites,

You have read all the magazines you bought at the airport, you have visited
all the exhibitions at Documenta, Munster, Venice (or wherever-you-are),
you have posted all those nice pictures of cute animals, seas, lakes,
mountains, cities, food, artworks on social network, you have done none of
the above?

Well, it doesn't matter really, here something great to do: reading the
articles by the artists of the *FEAT/Future Emerging Art and Technology*
project that have just been accepted for publication in the journal
*Leonardo.* And to make it better, the two conclusive articles of the *Trust
Me, I'm An Artist *project.




*Articles by the artists and organisers of the FEAT project*


** Erich Prem*, "Truth Emerging From Leading-Edge Art/Science/Technology

The FEAT initiative organized and studied residencies of leading
international artists in European Future and Emerging Technology projects.
During the residencies, the artists closely collaborated with engineers and
scientists on fundamental research in visionary areas of novel technologies
not solely as an artistic endeavor, but also to investigate effects of
artistic engagement on technoscience. Effects of the collaboration are
visible on many levels including fundamental questions about the
technoscientific project objectives, ethical aspects, and the aesthetics of
scientific experiments. Interactions also resulted in long-term relations
and opportunities for scientists to engage with artists in ashared effort
to uncover truth.

** Anna Dumitriu, *"Make Do and Mend: Exploring Gene Regulation and CRISPR
Through a FEAT (Future Emerging Art and Technology) Residency With the
MRG-Grammar Project"

This article documents the artistic research the author undertook for her
FEAT (Future Emerging Art and Technology) residency. It describes her
collaboration with the MRG-Grammar consortium and the creation of an
artwork that involved editing the genome of a bacterium using CRISPR to
reflect on issues related to antimicrobial resistance, bio-hacking and
control. The article explores the author’s methodology and describes the
benefits of longterm embedded residencies to create artworks that are
deeply engaged with emerging technologies with a view to enable the public
to access the concepts and implications of cutting edge technologies and
scientific research, through an artistic lens.

** Spela Petric & Miha Tursic,* "Becoming. A(Thing): An Artists'
Perspective on High Performance Computing"

The article summarizes the process and outcome of the Future Emerging Art
and Technology residency during which new media artists Špela Petrič and
Miha Turšič undertook the challenge of understanding and manifesting the
artistic potential of high-performance computing (HPC). As a result of the
collaboration with FET-HPC the artists developed a concept liberated from
the complex computational technicity to underscore the (un)intentional
construction of meaning by algorithmic agencies. The performance presents a
congress of actors sensing, interrogating and interrupting each other,
thereby producing an excess of relation, interpretation and translation.
The heterogeneous congress performs an expulsion of imposed (anthropogenic)
meaning, substituted by authentic, autogenic sense and non-sense.

* Vicky Isley and Paul Smith (Boredomresearch), "Simulated Despondency for
Robots in Distress"

It is widely accepted that increased human interaction with natural systems
is responsible for complex environmental issues, with most current
thinking, centered on the provision of advanced technological solutions.
One response emerging from current bio-inspired robotics research, proposes
artificial neural networks (ANN) enhanced with the incorporation of
artificial hormones for increased performance and efficiency. Here the
authors discuss their artistic project concept, developed in collaboration
with a bio-inspired artificial life lab, considering the affordance of
emotional robotics to develop despondency in the field.

** Evelina Domnitch, Dmitry Gelfand, Tommaso Calarco, "*Trapping the

Through the epistemological lenses of quantum theory and phenomenological
art, the authors describe their collaborative development of several
artworks exploring electrodynamic levitation. Comprising diverse ion traps
that enable naked-eye observation of charged matter interactions, these
artworks question the murky boundaries of perceptibility and

** Kerstin Ergenzinger, Thorsten Schumm, Simon Stellmer, "*Nubis et Nuclei:
A Study On Noise and Precision"

This study sets out to explore the perception of noise, as well as the
relation towards meaning or information that it might contain, in arts,
science and daily life. It is realized as an installation based on a
suspended cloud of nitinol drums that create a sonic environment evolving
in time and space. The instruments are driven by digital random noise.
Roaming freely and listening, visitors become part of an ecology of noise.
Exploring the differing regions in time and space, what appears to be noise
can shift to a “meaningful” signal. This process of discovering a clear
signal in a noisy background holds strong analogies to the scientific
search for a nuclear resonance performed in the “nuClock” project.

FEAT is a project Co-funded by the European Union

Project website : http://featart.eu/

*Conclusive articles of the Trust Me, I'm An Artist project*


- "Trust Me, I'm An Artist": Building Opportunities for Art & Science
Collaboration Through An Understanding of Ethics, by *Anna Dumitriu*

This article explores how learning from the Creative Europe funded "Trust
Me, I'm an Artist" Project, and from the author's experiences as project
lead artist and as a freelance artist working deeply embedded in laboratory
settings around the world, can help build capacity and opportunities for
artists and scientists to work together in interdisciplinary and
transdiciplinary collaborations that address the societal and cultural
implications of emerging bioscientific and biomedical research areas,
attitudes to patient care and public engagement in contemporary scientific
research. Ethical issues frequently arise in the production and exhibition
of BioArt both as a subject matter and an issue in itself.

- What's Art Got to Do With It? Reflecting on Bioart and Ethics from the
Experience of the "Trust Me, I'm An Artist Project", by *Annick Bureaud*

Bioart and biomedical art is a blossoming field with a whole new generation
of artists, the DIYbio movement enabling more people to get involved, and
discoveries in bioscience bringing in new challenges. Supported by the
Creative Europe programme of the European Union, "Trust Me, I'm an Artist"
is a project initiated by artist Anna Dumitriu and ethicist Bobbie Farsides
to provide a platform for discussing bioart and ethics, for sharing
knowledge and building capacity. This article reflects upon my journey
through the different art projects and how foregrounding ethics challenged
my usual art critic approach.

*The *Trust Me, I'm an Artist* project is supported by funding from the
Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.*


Annick Bureaud (abureaud at gmail.com)
mobile/cell : 33/(0)6 86 77 65 76
Leonardo/Olats : http://www.olats.org
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