[artinfo] (fwd)Art&Science

Andreas Broeckmann ab at mikro.in-berlin.de
Mon May 11 14:39:12 CEST 2009

Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 07:36:10 +0800
Subject: open call
From: <plastik.art.science at gmail.com>

[Plastik Art&Science]

The first volume of [Plastik] on line brings 
together and confronts the experiences of artists 
who illustrate, complete and enrich one of the 
most important ongoing debates in physics today, 
i.e. the incompatibility of quantum theory with 
general relativity.  General relativity is a 
geometric theory of gravitation, now part of 
numerous applications. Amongst these, the GPS has 
a temporal correction algorithm which is based on 
the general theory of relativity.  Although the 
theory of relativity is able to describe the 
Universe to a large extent, it does not, however, 
fit in with the Standard Model (and its 
extensions) of particle physics.  Quantum 
physics, on the other hand, can describe the 
Universe on a microscopic level, and depends on 
the notion of wave-particule duality (quantum 
particles behave as waves and as particles).  The 
fundamental forces are transmitted by particles 
called "interacting quanta".  The applications of 
quantum physics are omnipresent in 
post-industrial society, most notably through the 
transistor, the fundamental device on which all 
computers and electronic systems are based, but 
also through LASERs and nanotechnology.

Some innovative theories, such as the quantum 
theory of gravitation, string theory and their 
extensions, mark a new way of thinking of a 
complete description of the Universe.  The 
utopian goal consists of unifying these two 
pillars of modern science which are the most 
evolved and the most apt to explain the Universe. 
In this view it would indeed be possible to bring 
about every physicist's dream of unifying in a 
single theory the ultimate equation that could 
explain the Universe.

Just like physicists, some artists attempt to 
interpret what is infinitely large, while others 
base their artworks on the infinitely small.  The 
epistemological approaches and visual means used 
by artists to obtain such objectives are 
radically different.

Artists of today are concerned by the 
applications of locative media, as well as 
questions of energy, electromagnetic fields and 
the consequences of time-space curvature. 
Independently of any direct collaboration with 
scientists, avant-garde artists of every era have 
been confronted to the progress of science and 
its techniques, as well as that of languages that 
are inevitably created for their use.  Nowadays 
the same kind of artist continues to search for 
the artistic specificity of scientific discovery, 
and the possibilities of combinations and 
hybridisation between art and science.  The 
sciences have an active influence on art, but are 
also decrypted, explored, diverted and influenced 
by artists.  The relationship between art and 
science, which we aim to analyse through this 
publication, can take the form of: a 
collaboration between artists and scientists - 
appropriation and exploration of scientific 
procedures by artists - visual propositions 
echoing the scientific problems - scientific 
research based on a hypothesis formulated through 
a work of art.

Deadline for articles:

Please send your articles by email to 
plastic.art.science at gmail.com before the 15th of 
June, 2009.

Rédaction [Plastik]

plastik.art.science at gmail.com

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