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Ars Electronica 2020

The Nature of Our Nature

The contribution of artistic creativity fosters thinking outside the box, it becomes an important ingredient in research groups. The increasing complexities of the different disciplines lead us to think of interdisciplinary as a fundamental tool to generate a synergistic effect and art cannot be absent. Art has the quality of going many times one step further, pointing to the future.

This is why Rabdomante and Glaciator are here in a ‘Dialogue between two deserts‘; they are confronted in a fundamental challenge. To different places, two different spaces and purposes, but joint together by one philosophical vision: how art through technology can give a new vision of the human being?

The Latinamerican Bioarte Lab (LatBioLab) explores more than 12 years of Bioart in Argentina. From ‘The Biosphere Project‘, a simple way to show the world ecosytem,  until ‘Colony‘ that connects technology with biology and ‘Cellular Seeds – Inexorable Futures‘ that generates a new kind of “tech-life“.

The Complex Thoughts Lab question us about what we‘ve learned from COVID-19, is this crisis and opportunity to think a new society?  Students from the UAI University (Universidad Abierta Interamericana) and University of Puerto Rico express different ideas to shape a new model of world for the future generations.

The Garden expect to sensitive us on our human condition and our relation with the Earth Gaia, to deepen the journey of discovery  of The Nature of our Nature.

Curators: Valentino Catricalà / Natalia Matewecki

Virtual Tour in Mozilla Hubs (←click here)

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PROGRAM PART 1: Dialogue between deserts

Two robots placed in two symbolic spaces: Rabdomante in the desert of Atacama and Glaciator in Antarctica, aim at sensitive us on our human condition and our relation with the Earth Gaia.

¨Glaciator¨ – Artist: Joaquín Fargas (AR)

Glaciator is a robot born in Antarctica. Composed by solar panels, it helps to compact and crystallize the snow turning it into ice and then adhering it to the glacier mass allowing them to grow and regaining the mass they lost as a result of the thaw.

¨Rabdomante¨ – Artist: Joaquín Fargas (AR), Design and realization: Elia Gasparolo.

The combination of nature and technology allows the Rabdomante to generate a new life cycle in the desert, obtaining water from the atmosphere in the driest place in the world.

PROGRAM PART 2: LatBioLab Exhibition

The Latinamerican Bioarte Lab (LatBioLab) explores more than 12 years of Bioart in Argentina.

¨Cellular Seeds – Inexorable Futures¨, Artist: Alejandra Marinaro, Argentina.

Cellular automata are mathematical applications that allow us to model natural systems. The spectators sow the initial seed of their system through and auditory or visual interface, and the cellular automaton is in charge of showing them the evolution of the world they chose to create. Go to web

¨Colony¨ Sound-bio-installation, Artist:  Dario Sacco, Argentina.

This sound bio-installation is formed by a colony of beings made up of disused technological parts and bio-units of decomposing organic material. The set of pieces-organism works as a single sound body that fluctuates in the exhibition space. Go to web

¨The Biosphere Project¨, Artist: Joaquin Fargas, Argentina.

This project consists of natural ecosystems isolated inside sealed containers that only allow the external influence of heat and light. The objective is to collaborate actively on raising awareness  about the fragility of our planet and the importance and urgency of its care.

PROGRAM PART 3: Complex Thoughts Lab – Curator: Joaquin Fargas.

¨Complex Thoughts Lab¨ – Students of the Universidad Abierta Lationoamericana (AR)  and the Universidad de Puerto Rico Recinto de Río Piedras (PR). The students share ideas to build a model of world facing the next generations and transforming the Covid-19 crisis into an opportunity.

Know more about Complex Thoughts Lab

Ars Electronica 2020