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  Digital09 - Online Exhibition


Co-Jurors' Bios     Artworks & Artists Info

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Mysteries in Science
The Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, NY
October 5 - November 19, 2010
RECEPTION: Oct. 5th, 5-6:30pm

ASCI'S 11th International Digital Print Exhibition
originated at the New York Hall of Science
October 3, 2009 –February 8, 2010
Organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc.


The digital prints in this exhibition are the result of the 11th annual juried, international competition organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. The exhibition's purpose is to demonstrate how digital technology is enabling new aesthetic imaging possibilities and conceptual statements. In the competition prospectus, entrants were challenged to create or share their digital prints that related to the following statement:

It seems that no matter how many breakthroughs there are in modern science, life in our universe and on planet Earth is still full of mystery. Questions abound and new fields of science like biomimicry, astrophysics, nanoscience, neurobiology, biomedicine, systems science, and others are birthed to find answers. Along with these efforts, come the invention of new tools and technologies to assist scientists in their research quests, like the Hubble Telescope and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Some scientists are obsessed with answering profound and fundamental questions about the origins of the universe, or how to increase the human lifespan, while others grapple with solving our complex environmental problems that eminently threaten our very survival. Many scientific questions and paradoxes still exist... becoming fascinating grist for the imagination of scientists and artists alike!  


Frederik de Wilde [Belgium], Roger Ferragallo [USA], Mark Fischer [USA], Ursula Freer [USA], William Grabowski [USA], David Hylton [USA], Ellen Jantzen [USA], Eva Lee [USA], Jeremy Levine [USA], Hariclia Michailidou [USA], Mary Neubauer [USA], William D. Powell [USA], Jalaliyyih Quinn [USA], Todd Siler [USA], Victoria Skinner [USA], Betsy Skrip [USA], George Steuer [USA], Terry Trickett [UK], Olaf Willoughby [UK], Bonnie Wylo [USA], and Jing Zhou [USA]

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First, let me say that I enjoyed the co-jurying process for ASCI immensely. Making a short list from such a large and extraordinary field was exceedingly difficult. My congratulations to our finalists, as well as to all entrants. As an historian and curator, I have spent many years reflecting and writing on the relationship between science and art. Of particular interest to me were the early decades of the last century, when major revolutions were afoot in both areas.  Despite purists who believed science had become too mathematical and complex for artists to comprehend, I became fascinated by those artists, including Cubists, Futurists, modern architects, and avant-garde musicians, who nevertheless strove to express concepts like relativity and the 4th dimension in their works. I discovered that they were emboldened by a spirit of holism -- a belief that the same basic idea can take different forms in physics, art, or architecture. What surprised me in the jurying process was that this holistic faith remains just as vibrant a century later, even richer in possibilities due to our ongoing digital revolution. In the end, the final selections for this year’s ASCI competition were those who could best take us beyond science and art to a beautiful and mysterious realm in-between. 

- Dr. Arthur P. Molella is a writer, curator, and the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Director of The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.


After the jurying process was complete, it was interesting to see that the majority of images selected for this exhibition's theme, Mysteries in Science, visually uncover, reveal, or capture fundamental patterns of energy and structure -- from sound waves created on our planet, to muons emanating from high energy cosmic rays, from parallel universes to the timeless vortex of spiral forms. One can also see the power of organic mass in its structure, as well as in dramatic visualizations of data-sets, morphing, transforming, or warping -- even the imagination is presented as a living energy entity! And, the nature of space, light, and matter is a common topic on which many participants conjured new visual interpretations.
We are fortunate that these artists are enthralled by the mysteries in science and have the courage to follow, synthesize, and share where their reading, conceptual connections, and imagination leads them. We are all swimming in the same stream of energy, are all connected, and a diversity of perspectives is indeed required for the healthy, holistic evolution of any society.
Cynthia Pannucci is an artist, curator, and founding Director of Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI).

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"Digital09: Mysteries in Science" is available to travel...
Contact: Cynthia Pannucci via email: "asci[at]asci[dot]org"

"Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions"
by Lisa Randall, one of the leading young thinkers in particle physics, having become the first tenured woman theoretical physicist at both MIT and Harvard.

ASCI was one of the first organizations in the world to recognize the digital print as a valid fine art medium in 1998 by organizing an afternoon panel discussion,
"Collectibility & the Digital Print."  The event was held in The Great Hall at Cooper Union, New York City, in conjunction with ASCI's first international digital print competition/exhibition.

Click here to see ASCI's nine previous archived Digital Print online exhibitions 

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