EXSISTENCE: Art & Science Project

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Contemporary Art proposals often require great investigation. If we take a look back through history, art was used to illustrate science. Artists participated alongside scientists to document and convey to the non-scientific community. Methodology in the arts (intuition) integrated with the predictive power of science (prediction), contribute to a new culture where there is equilibrium between creativity and rationality.

The generation of art-science projects develop intimacy with the non-scientific citizen, who does not have access to scientific publications, nor does he/she understand them. This path shakes their imagination and consciousness regarding the efforts of science in pro of the planet.

Science and art collaborate to produce our interdisciplinary programs on the Antarctic continent in order to understand a truly sustainable model of development. We have implemented 2 concrete projects envisioned to mobilize collective human consciousness creating visibility for the investigators, scientists and artists.

ARTEA, Antarctic Art and Science Residencies, artists are conditioned to stay at the Antarctic base for 21 days or more with a set project previously assigned with the scientist. After completion the project is presented via national media. Art becomes a massive medium for the non-scientific population to become scientifically knowledgeable and aware.

The Antarctic is not only a space for the artists´ inspiration or conventional creation, but where there should be investigation and feedback with the scientific community. It is an opportunity to develop new applicable techniques and artistic proposals that can wake up the interest of the community and the importance of the Antarctic for the planet.

APOPTOSIS, is the name given to this second project due to its meaning. It is an ongoing art/biotechnology project that works with microorganisms that inhabit people, places and historical moments.

Microorganisms and scientific methodology are used to produce “living art” generating a major impact on the artists´ conventional techniques and thus the interest and its communicational influence on the public. It becomes a type of art/science memoir.

Due to the outcome of these projects of research and creation, for the first time in Ecuador the Ministries of Defense and Culture have signed a five-year agreement of collaboration in the Antarctic. Organizations from Chile and Ecuador are beginning to cooperate to support and maintain the nature of these programs and their results in both countries.

ARTEA and APOPTOSIS are initiatives inspired by a visual artist by generating a network of art/science residencies and collaborations between nations that carry out scientific investigation in the Antarctic. The art/science proposals continue to yield incredible experiences and feedback with the Antarctic laboratories and non-scientific community.


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