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From the Interface residence to “Algorithmic Drive”: a two-way journey

[ “Driverless Car Afterlife”, digital print (2017).] The following text is divided into two parts: first, an in-depth interview with the artist François Quévillon, the very first to have taken part in Sporobole’s Interface art-science residency; then a short reflection on the exhibition “Algorithmic Drive”, presented at Sporobole in November 2018. From the Interface residency […]

14 April 2019 | Learn more

DIYbio and empowerment: invisible power at hand

The following text takes as its starting point my visit to Ars Electronica last September where, it seemed to me, bio-art had a strong presence, one would almost have thought it was a sub-theme. Following this observation, two projects in particular have made their place in my art-science reflections: Future Flora by Giulia Tomasello and […]

13 December 2018 | Learn more

The work of art versus the work of science: 2/3: not everything that falls is an apple

In the first post in this series (available here), we explored the difference between art and science. Science is an art with constraints, we said. There are three such constraints: science = art + a subject + a method + a report We have analysed some of the consequences of the existence of a record […]

19 October 2018 | Learn more

Art and science and the junction where to see and invent

  Why give time and attention to the coupled art-science? After several months of reflection and writing on aspects that link – or do not link – art and science, one observation emerges: their relative complementarity. If this complementarity seems to us to be self-evident (to us, contributors to this blog and the sporobolian community), […]

4 October 2018 | Learn more

The work of art versus the work of science: 1/3: The unspeakable openness of things

Fig 1. Olafur Eliasson, The unspeakable openness of things (2018) Artist Olafur Eliasson exhibited his work at the Red Brick Art Museum in Beijing, China, from May 18 to August 12, 2018. This exhibition was entitled “The unspeakable openness of things”. This title is not only charming. It is deep. He says something essential not only […]

7 September 2018 | Learn more

Is science an art? 3/3 Science is an art!

This publication completes a series of three posts on the art-science relationship as it emerges from Paul Feyerabend’s thought through the careful reading of his book Science as Art (Albin Michel, 2003). The first post (here) compared Vasari’s vision with Rielg’s and concluded that there is no progress in art.” Not all artists are involved in […]

12 July 2018 | Learn more

Decomplexing the search: going out in the open air and finding Susan (or Roberta?)

This text addresses the question of research from a number of blind spots and proposes perspectives with variable, even unstable geometry. Research-creation, what it represents and what it contains, is put forward. It talks in particular about its form of hydra, its phosphorescent character and metaphors around the objectives generated by its double life. Its […]

27 June 2018 | Learn more

Is science an art? 2/3 Scientific progress versus scientific progress.

This publication continues a series of three posts on the art-science link as it emerges from Paul Feyerabend’s thought through the careful reading of his book Science as Art (Albin Michel, 2003). The first post (here) compared Vasari’s vision with Rielg’s and concluded that there is no progress in art.” Not all artists are involved […]

15 June 2018 | Learn more

We are never alone in the world, we do not have an empty stomach, and in our pockets is at least one rock

This text addresses the question of accompaniment versus solitude in artistic creation and scientific research. We wonder who-what’s with us. The practice and ideology of the DIY (Do It Yourself) is explored and an interview with Montreal artist Samuel St-Aubin testifies to this and offers a perspective from within the artistic practice. We mention the […]

4 June 2018 | Learn more

Is science an art? 1/3 Vasari versus Riegl

This publication begins a series of three posts on the art-science link as it emerges from Paul Feyerabend’s thought. This thought has been embodied in many ways. For this first series of publications, we first select the lecture he gave at the Zurich Polytechnic School on 7 July 1981. This conference is entitled Science as […]

18 May 2018 | Learn more