SUNDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2003
20.00 | KEYNOTE SPEECH - SARA DIAMOND
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Cornfield and Flatford rooms
Keynote speech by visionary artist Sarah Diamond (Artistic
Director, Media Visual Arts, The Banff Centre, Canada) on
her concepts for the future merging of biology and technology.
MARRIAGE BETWEEN BIOLOGY & TECHNOLOGY
based notes reported live during her talk which document the key
issues, thoughts, ideas and questions raised by Sara Diamond in
her talk on the marriage between biology and technology.
Human society/non living forms - taking on animal identities
- truth telling and magic.
AND THE BEAST
SHAPE SHIFTING - animal form - ROLE PLAY
Codes and rituals
Systems of beauty - meaning and effect
Desire and disgust
INTERIOR SPACES OF THE BODY
THE BEAST WITHIN
OF BEAUTY IN A POSTMODERN WORLD
Archaic values of beauty in scientific world
= THREE THINGS:
OF AESTHETICS = artistic
essential to beauty not content
COMPLEX SYSTEMS - KANTS IDEAS RELEVANT - PURPOSENESS
CONGITION - shared statements of beauty
OBJECTIVE - qualitative view. There is something objective about beauty.
- key to transformation
THEORY - diversity and beauty linked to
of the Goddess -
of beauty and beast
EROTIC POWER/ANIMAL STATE
- EVOLUTION & SYMMETRY
and asymmetry as organising principles
Incomplete - makes things interesting
VALUES AND CONSENSUS
OF PLEASURE - embrace beauty and disgust
CONDITIONS OF INVENTION
OF BEAUTY EQUILIBRIUM - the universal nature
is a relation - in the comparison that we make - similarity/difference
and taste culture
- function as social group, change form/camouflage - most advanced
ACCESS for artists difficult
ARTISTIC PLAY - unwelcome in science
CLONING AND GENOMICS
NANOTECHNOLOGY - carbon versus silicon and smart materials
WAS ON THE EDGE - artists no longer claiming that role, science
- age of passivity
WE BEYOND THE IMAGE? Non visual space
panic culture of today. ANXIETY
of knowledge -
is about METHODOLOGY - immersion in making/critique of making
matter and for whom?
control and command
twice - Kirin beer - Cow antibodies with human antibodies -cloning
- replacement of human parts within cows. Cats being cloned. Animals
as clones of ourselves. Cows as a container - never about cow. Think
inside the CLONE - being within that subject position.
analysis of beauty > cows as holding tanks >domestic space
Spaces for artists in this work: between social and mythological.
beyond the image -?
Role of design versus role of art. Designer takes role of user.
are hot they are not red - they are white or blue
construct metaphors - problems of science in representation.
Move away from realism into abstraction.
with astrophysics - graphical representation of a star - use of colour
to demonstrate - issue of communication in user and limits of their
understanding. Interesting gap in terms of colour theory. Language
needs to shift to enable popular understanding, in this case wrong
as red is not associated with hot.
by ideas of beauty - object as having intrinsic beauty. Beauty
only works if believe in beast - moral scale and artistic work. Theory
does not work for cultural audiences.
TO BEAUTY AND AESTHETIC the organic and anti organic.
and purposefulness. Difference between sublime and beauty and
purposelessness of sublime. No shared language between arts and scientists.
Scientists use beauty in a very uncomplex way, the idea of anti aesthetic
is not understood. Culture clash. What is important is that artists
are not trying to make beautiful work unlike data visualisation designers
who are searching for beauty.
in crossover culture/collaborative practice.
CONTEXT - Animal - nature and animal activism in UK - relationship
about subject position