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  Digital'06

   

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Digital’06:
Bio/Med SciART

 

8th Annual International
Exhibition of Digital Prints
to be held at
the New York Hall of Science
September 30, 2006 – January 15, 2007
Organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI)

 

 

 

News Flash: “Nanotechnologists have made alcohol- and hydrogen-powered artificial muscles that are 100 times stronger than natural muscles, able to do 100 times greater work per cycle and produce, at reduced strengths, larger contractions than natural muscles. Among other possibilities, these muscles could enable fuel-powered artificial limbs, “smart skins” and morphing structures for air and marine vehicles, autonomous robots having very long mission capabilities and smart sensors that detect and self-actuate to change the environment.”

University of Texas/Dallas, March 16, 2006

 

Wrapping my head around the bio-science press release above makes my imagination spin and I share it for your delight!   Cynthia Pannucci, ASCI Director

 

The aim of this exhibition is to explore how the health, medical, biosciences and biotechnologies are influencing the content of contemporary art via digital prints.

 

Most often, topics such as bio-warfare, bird flu, designer babies and cloning grab mainstream media attention. However, for many, the thrill is in learning about the amazing medical science/ technology breakthroughs occurring in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and cures of illnesses. Today, more and more artists are mining these fields for information, inspiration, and even new venues for their art.

 

Throughout history, artists have demonstrated a curiosity for knowledge about how the human body [and mind] work. For some, the childhood influences of having doctor or health professional parents or visits to natural history museums surface in their artwork. Today we even find individuals who have degrees in both art and medical sciences. Unfortunately for others, their newfound interest is foisted upon them because of a personal medical diagnosis, from the loss of a loved-one, or a fascination with the macabre and their own mortality.  It is also just as easy to understand how artists’ imaginations are captivated by today’s amazing medical breakthroughs and exciting [frightening to some], experimental research. Artificial organs and joints already extend the quality of life for millions of people, and gene therapy will hopefully soon replace chemotherapy as a new cancer treatment without side effects. However exciting in their advances and future promise though, the biosciences are also challenging our ethical mores. Hence, we are now seeing a new breed of artists that focus on illuminating these hotly contested topics as today’s most important cultural issues.

 

JURORS:  This year’s competition selections will be made in an art-science collaborative process between ASCI Director, Cynthia Pannucci, and Ramunas Kondratas, Curator of the medical collections in the Division of Medicine and Science at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Click here for Juror bios

 

We hope you will enjoy Bio/Med SciART, a vibrant new area of contemporary art. The online exhibition will launch on September 30, 2006.
 

Visit our previous Digital Print Shows 

EXHIBITION HISTORY
ASCI was one of the first organizations in the world to recognize the digital print as a valid fine art product in 1998 by organizing an afternoon panel discussion, "Collectibility & the Digital Print."  This event was held in The Great Hall at Cooper Union, New York City, in conjunction with ASCI's first international digital print competition/exhibition.  www.asci.org/Digital98/digipanel.html

ABOUT ASCI
Founded in 1988, Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) is one of the few art & technology members organizations in the USA.  Established primarily as a network for artists who either use or are inspired by science and technology, ASCI has become a magnet for some of the best examples of this type of contemporary art and an excellent resource for scientists and technologists wishing to collaborate.  ASCI was instrumental in reinvigorating the art-sci-tech movement in the United States during the 1990's and helped coalesce the nascent art-science movement 1998-2002.  It produced seminal public panels on timely topics: from the first "CyberFair for Artists" (1995) to "Bell Labs & the Origins of Multimedia Art" (1998), "Collectibility of the Digital Print" (1998), and explored potential support systems for the first net art at "CyberArt'99."  ASCI also produced exhibitions of kinetic art, interactive light art, solar art, digital prints, and a Womentek exhibition.] Since 1998, it has produced four ArtSci international symposia on collaboration and the ArtSci INDEX, an online matching tool for potential collaborators. The monthly ASCI eBulletin [sent to ASCI members] is one of the most comprehensive resource tools in this highly interdisciplinary, international field. ASCI welcomes partnerships and dialogue with the art and scientific communities. 

A fun thing to do at the ASCI website www.asci.org is to use our "search" tool in the top navigation bar and type-in science "keywords" to see how artists are being inspired by/using science to make exciting contemporary art [DNA, genome, physics, chemistry, molecules, bacteria, space, species, etc.], and also that scientists are visualizing their research in more aesthetic ways.


 

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