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Summer Sessions: Baltan Residency Open Call
Summer Sessions: Baltan Residency Open Call
Baltan Laboratories is taking part in the Summer Sessions network to sponsor a summer residency. The Summer Sessions are short-term residencies for young artists organized by a network of cultural organizations all over the world. The Summer Sessions offer a highly productive atmosphere with production support and expert feedback to jumpstart your professional art practice. The result is a pressure cooker in which you develop a project, from concept to presentable work, ready to show.
As an artists you can apply by submitting a video, in which you briefly explain your project, the support you need and why you should be a part of the Summer Sessions before the deadline. The idea behind this residency program is that local sponsors support young artists from their country to go abroad and develop a work at a host institute.
Network Partners: Baltan Lab (NL), Canadian Film Center (CA), Chronus Art Center, Shanghai (CN), Dundee Contemporary Arts (UK), HospitalField (UK), iMAL (BE), Laboral (SP), National Fine Arts Museum of Taiwan, PNEK (NO), TASML (CN), V2_ (NL), SAT (CA)
Visit the Summer Sessions website for application details.
HOLIDAY GREETINGS FROM BALTAN LABS
Joe Davis Artistic Advisor Baltan Laboratories
“If you build a bridge, sooner or later someone will come across the bridge. We only have to provide the tools, and perhaps, the examples that we ourselves become.” (Joe Davis, 2012)
We are very excited to announce that artist/scientist Joe Davis (USA) will be Baltan’s official artistic advisor for next year. Two carefully selected advisors will offer expertise and insight on the artistic and the business side of Baltan. Their role is to help generate ideas that increase the value of Baltan’s research projects and to offer recommendations and constructive criticism. Based on their individual expertise Baltan will expand, as well as explore new ideas, research topics, and future collaboration possibilities.
With his extensive background as an artist/scientist, Joe Davis has been developing groundbreaking art projects within the scientific realm for decades. With his unstoppable curiosity for everything that surrounds him, Joe is the ideal person with whom to work and to develop new paths where the borders of both fields cross. His efforts clearly unify art and science. Watch his fantastic two hour talk recorded at the Van Abbemuseum.
Joe Davis is an artist and research affiliate at Alexander Rich laboratory in the Department of Biology at MIT and Artist-Scientist in the laboratory at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He was a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies, and a Research Associate at the McLuhan Program at the University of Toronto. Joe Davis has sent vaginal contractions into space to communicate with aliens, encoded poetry into DNA, and designed a sculpture to save the world.
Don’t miss the Joe Davis movie at Shaking Science in MU tonight! Heaven + Earth + Joe Davis documents the life of an artist whose drive is to pursue questions that can only be answered in the space where science and art lose their distinction. Why would someone want to encode poetry into the eyes of a fly, fish for paramecium or send transgenic organisms into outer space?
(image:Joe Davis on the left)
Presentation at Sonica Festival, Slovenia
29 November 2012
Museum of Transitory Arts (MOTA) invited Baltan Laboratories to give a talk during the next edition of Sonica Festival. The talk and discussion is taking place at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The theme ‘third culture’ raises an investigative question about a new culture, which reflects a junction of technology, science and popular culture. The festival shifts its focus to sound, but nevertheless maintains the transitoriness of contemporary art as the core of its program, by shifting between different media from installations, audiovisual to interactive works, science to popular culture, at the crossroads of art and technology.
The third Culture is a notion that is based on what is claimed to be a gradual but accelerating fusion of the “two cultures” of the humanities and science. It is argued that if these two cultures were formerly in a state of constant border conflict, they are now increasingly drawn to each other just as they were once repelled by each other. This is the underlying process that has allowed the Third Culture to establish itself as an attractive meme that seems to imply new forms of progress and interaction that were previously prohibited. The “two cultures” paradigm is most strongly associated with the English novelist and scientist C.P. Snow. In 1963 he claimed that the social sciences actually represent a third, intermediary culture in between the two older cultures.
Baltan goes Discovery Festival
Baltan Laboratories is collaborating with the Discovery Festival in Eindhoven on Friday September 28. At the festival, make sure to catch Design Academy graduate Irma Földényi’s short talk about how her research method might be used to address differing digital culture perspectives.
“Please don’t drop me!”, warned her friend as Irma Földenyi walked around with her laptop during a Skype call. This paradoxical moment sparked her interest in the relationship between body and technology. Her fascination lead to researching the connection between her parent’s generation, called “Analogs”, and “Digital Natives”, the next generation who will become the “normals”. The result is DIGITALOGUE “Digital and Analogue in Dialogue”, a tool developed in collaboration with Baltan to analyze these co-existing worlds. “DIGITALOGUE” bridges the rapid adapter Digital Natives, and the Analogs, people who find it almost impossible to keep up with the digital developments.
Irma’s presentation will be included in the Micro Talks Block 1, between 21.00 and 21.30h, Sept. 28. Visit the Discovery website: http://www.discoveryfestival.nl/eindhoven/programma/20pk-microtalks-blok-i/410/