Dear New Media Curating,
I hate to breach the 'no announcements' rule, but I wanted to tell
you about a project that Lighthouse & The Arts Catalyst are working
on which takes a different approach to curating and production.
Laboratory Life is inspired by Media-Lab-Prado's Interactivos?
working model, and is led by artist, Andy Gracie. It gathers
together some of the leading artists working with bio-science - Adam
Zaretsky, Kira O'Reilly, Bruce Gilchrist, and Anna Dumitriu.
Rather than being a curated project as such, Laboratory Life has a
radically open structure whereby artists, scientists and a group of
collaborators work together in a collective working space, which is
open to the public, to create collaborative projects. The results
are by definition, undefined, and we are looking forward to seeing
how this evolved.
If any of you are nearby we'd welcome you to drop by the laboratory
and see these unique collaborative projects take shape.
Hope everyone is well.
An art-science laboratory, led by artist Andy Gracie & organised by
Lighthouse and The Arts Catalyst, staged as part of Brighton Science
Open Laboratory: 22 - 28 February 2011
Exhibition: 2 - 6 March 2011
Talks: 3, 5 March 2011
At: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington St, Brighton, UK
More information: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk
Medicine is being transformed by new technology - genetic
engineering, robotics, new materials and informatics. But many of us
feel ambivalent about these changes. Technology is both progress and
a threat. Laboratory Life addresses this ambivalence by creating a
unique, interactive art-science laboratory, open to the public.
Conceived and led by artist Andy Gracie, a group of international
artists and scientists from the UK, Spain and the US will be working
with young doctors, scientists and emerging artists, to create a
series of projects exploring the cutting edge of medical technology
in a living laboratory at Lighthouse in Brighton.
What makes this project unique is its open nature. Most laboratories
are closed to the public, and we have little idea of what goes on
inside them. But Laboratory Life is adopting a radically open
structure, inviting the public to come and visit the laboratory, meet
the artists and scientists as they're working, and discuss what they
Visitors are welcome any afternoon between 1200 - 1800. Visitors
will meet artists Andy Gracie, Adam Zaretsky, Kira O'Reilly, Bruce
Gilchrist, and Anna Dumitriu. They will be working in close
collaboration with scientists, John Paul (Health Protection Agency),
Helen Smith (Brighton & Sussex Medical School), and Tom Shakespeare
(World Health Organisation).
Joining them are sixteen exceptional young doctors, scientists and
emerging artists, Sarah Roberts, Brian Degger, Melissa Grant, Kate
Genevieve, Simona Casonato, David Louwrier, Daksha Patel, Kuiashen
Auson, Janine Fenton, Meredith Walsh, Valerie Furnham, Columba
Quigley, Genevieve Maxwell, Zack Denfield, Helen Bullard and Simon
Laboratory Life is inspired by the Interactivos? production workshop
model, developed by Medialab Prado in Madrid. The title of the
project - Laboratory Life - is taken from the title of Bruno Latour
and Steve Woolgar's well-known book of the same name, which is an
anthropological study of a scientific laboratory.
The artists and scientists will create five art-science projects
which will be the basis of a fascinating exhibition at Lighthouse,
featuring DNA tattooing, astrobiology, microbiological textiles and
much more which is open to the public 2-6 March 2011, as part of
Brighton Science Festival.
On 3 March, Andy Gracie, Kira O'Reilly and Anna Dumitriu will speak
about their experiences of taking part in the Lab, and will discuss
the process of making work using biomedical technology.
On 5 March, Lighthouse hosts a public forum, where the public can
debate the role of new technology in medicine.
____ About the Lead Artists
Anna Dumitriu is an artist who's installations and performances use a
range of digital and biological media to blur the boundaries between
art and science. Her project at Laboratory Life is Infective Textiles
- a series of microbiological textile artworks.
Bruce Gilchrist is one half of London Fieldworks, an art collective
who explore ecology as a complex inter-working of social, natural,
and technological worlds. His project, Public Misunderstandings of
Science, explores our relationship with scientific information.
Andy Gracie works with robotics, sound, video and biology to create
exchanges between natural and artificial systems. His project The
Quest for Drosophila titanus is an astrobiological experiment.
Kira O'Reilly employs performance, biotechnical practices and writing
consider speculative ideas around the body. her project, The Garden
Shed Lab is a DIY creative space using yeasts, eggs and plant tissues.
Adam Zaretsky is an artist who's radical practice encompasses
biology, ecology, biotechnology, live art and gastronomy. His
project, Tattoo Traits, explores the feasibility of tattooing our DNA.
____ About the Organisers
Laboratory Life is organised by Lighthouse
<http://www.lighthouse.org.uk> and The Arts Catalyst
<http://www.artscatalyst.org>, with support from the Wellcome Trust
It is conceived by artist Andy Gracie <http://www.hostprods.net>,
based on the Interactivos? model developed by the Media Lab Prado in
Madrid <http://medialab-prado.es/interactivos>. The project is part
of Brighton Science Festival <http://www.brightonscience.com/2011>
____ More information
Tel: 01273 647197
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Address: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ
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