Science transformed into art in focus for three-day event in Stockholm

By on October 3, 2017
Marion Schwebel

The Transposition Project is an artistic research project where scientific data are transformed to artistic expressions. It is now presented in a three-day event in Stockholm under the direction of Gerhard Eckel, professor at Universität der Musik und darstellende Kunst i Graz and guest professor both at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH) och and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Science and art are usually held distinct due to the different kinds of processes they employ and the character of the conclusions that they draw. However, what if artists were to extend scientific methodologies while radicalising their stance in post-conceptual art under the heading ‘artistic research’? How can scientific data be pushed to the limits of representation?

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Three artists, Gerhard Eckel, David Pirrò and Michael Schwab, have for the past three years investigated the possibility of generating new auditory and visual forms based on the analysis and transformation of data from four scientific fields: particle physics at CERN, cosmological surveys and simulations, genome biology, and biological neural network simulations. As a second aim, the project also studies whether and how the new forms generated from this data are of scientific significance by asking the collaborating researchers to interpret the artistic outputs. By remaining true to the data while employing an artistic working method the project contributes to the development of a space for research that is shared between art and science. It asks: How can one form of knowledge be transposed into another? At what point is data pushed to the limits of representation?

The research event Transpositions: From science to art (and back) is a series of lectures, performances, symposia and discussions that aim to provide an overview of the Transpositions project and share the related work of invited guests. The three-day set of events spread across Stockholm brings concepts, data, artworks and people together to offer numerous opportunities to engage with transpositions between art and science.

Keynote lecture by

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Three artists, Gerhard Eckel, David Pirrò and Michael Schwab, have for the past three years investigated the possibility of generating new auditory and visual forms based on the analysis and transformation of data from four scientific fields: particle physics at CERN, cosmological surveys and simulations, genome biology, and biological neural network simulations. As a second aim, the project also studies whether and how the new forms generated from this data are of scientific significance by asking the collaborating researchers to interpret the artistic outputs. By remaining true to the data while employing an artistic working method the project contributes to the development of a space for research that is shared between art and science. It asks: How can one form of knowledge be transposed into another? At what point is data pushed to the limits of representation?

The research event Transpositions: From science to art (and back) is a series of lectures, performances, symposia and discussions that aim to provide an overview of the Transpositions project and share the related work of invited guests. The three-day set of events spread across Stockholm brings concepts, data, artworks and people together to offer numerous opportunities to engage with transpositions between art and science.

Keynote lecture by Hans-Jörg Rheinberger.

With contributions by: Magnus Bunnskog, Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback, Leif Dahlberg, Luc Derycke, Agostino Di Scipio, Gerhard Eckel, Örjan Ekeberg, Karin Englund, David Granström, Pawel Herman, Hanna Husberg, Sabine Höhler, Victor Jaschke, Ioana Jucan, Anders Lansner, Tina O’Connell, Daniel Peltz, David Pirrò, Martin Rumori, Hanns Holger Rutz, Martin Sahlén, Pelin Sahlén, Michael Schwab, Karolina Sobecka, Phoebe Stubbs, Nina Stuhldreher, Neal White, Marcus Wrangö and many more.

A cooperation between Kungl. Musikhögskolan (KMH), Konsthögskolan (KKH), Kungl. Tekniska högskolan (KTH), Färgfabriken, Audiorama, Dome of Visions and Universität der Musik und darstellende Kunst i Graz.

Funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF.

PROGRAMME:

Wednesday Oct 4

14:00-16:00 KMH, Valhallavägen 105

Presenting Transpositions, TP project team, Introduction

16:30-17:30 KMH

Transpositions: From Traces to Data to Facts through Preparations, Models, and Simulations.
Keynote-lecture by Hans-Jörg Rheinberger.

20:00-21:00 Färgfabriken

Recovering Data Remains: (Re)Working Knowledge, Daniel Peltz and Ioana Jucan. Opening act.

Thursday Oct 5

10:00-12:00 KKH

Engaging Transpositions: Science and Art, part I. Panel discussion with the project team, researchers and guests. Moderator: Phoebe Stubbs.

12:00-14:00 Audiorama

The Illusion of Simultaneity, TP project team, Audiovisuell installation.

12:00-14:00 Audiorama

503 cluster waves, Marcus Wrangö, Audiovisuell installation.

12:00-14:00 Audiorama

Friedman balancing a pencil on its point, Magnus Bunnskog, Audioinstallation.

14:00-16:00 KKH

Engaging Transpositions: Science and Art, part II, Panel discussion with the project team, researchers and guests. Moderator: Phoebe Stubbs.

16:30-18:00 KKH

‘Experiment on a bird in the air pump’, Karolina Sobecka, Performance and discussion. Moderator: Hanna Husberg.

20:00-21:00 KMH

Complexity and Complication, The project team. Concert installation.

Friday Oct 6

10:00-11:30 Färgfabriken

Recovering Data Remains: (Re)Working Knowledge, Daniel Peltz and Tina O’Connell / Neal White. Discussion.

13:00-14:00 KTH

The Rattler, TP project team and David Granström, Performanceinstallation

14:30-15:30 KTH

Deep Architectures of Enquiry, Tina O’Connell / Neal White. Exkursion/inkursion

16:30-18:30 KMH

From Data to Process: Algorithms that Matter, Hanns Holger Rutz, David Pirrò and Agostino Di Scipio. Project start with guests.

19:00-21:00 KMH

Dinner (special ticket)

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