The Source Info

10 mei - 24 juni 2012 openingstijden: di - vr 11:00-17:00, za- zo, 13:00-17:00

Over de wisselwerking tussen buitenaards licht, atmosfeer en biosfeer

Een tentoonstelling en bijeenkomst van Synergetica: Art-Science Society met Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec, Evelina Domnitch en Dmitry Gelfand, Paul Prudence en Francisco López.

tentoonstellingsdata: 10 mei - 24 juni 2012
openingstijden: di - vr 11.00 uur - 17.00 uur, za- zo, 13.00 tot 17.00 uur

Finissage: maandag 25 juni 2012, 19.00

Het fenomeen licht kan, als gevolg van huidige ontwikkelingen in de wetenschap, een nieuw gereedschap voor de nieuwe kunstenaar worden - Marcel Duchamp

Zowel boodschapper als boodschap, zowel deeltje als golf, gezien vanuit de toeschouwer bevat buitenaards licht informatie over het gehele universum. Zoals het zich in alle verschillende structuren van materie ontvouwt, om uiteindelijk leven te blazen in een aantal van hen, vormt licht zijn omgeving, en op zijn beurt hervormt de omgeving het licht. Het begrijpen van dit tweerichtingsverkeer kan leiden tot “verlichting” zoals verduidelijkt wordt door recente ontwikkelingen in kunstmatige fotosynthese; een bijna niet energieverspillende vertaling van zonlicht naar bio-solar brandstof.
Zonne-energie, galactische en interstellaire straling kan ook esthetisch worden ingezet om optimale brandstof voor de menselijke verbeelding te verkrijgen. The Source onthult buitenaards licht als een onuitputtelijke muze en een bron van schone energie voor aardbewoners.

Als onderdeel van StudioLab, een EU-art-science initiatief, opent The Source met een presentatie over kunstmatige fotosynthese door biofysicus, Raoul Frese (VU, Amsterdam). Frese onderzoekt fotosynthese op supramoleculair niveau en implementeert fotosynthetische biopolymeren in hybride zonnecellen en bootst fotosynthese na met gebruik van synthetische moleculaire verbindingen. "Elke 90 minuten, straalt de zon een hoeveelheid energie uit die gelijk is aan het jaarlijkse verbruik van de wereldbevolking. Door het proces van fotosynthese beheersen planten, algen en bepaalde bacteriesoorten het rechtstreekse gebruik van deze energie om hun metabolisme op te laden. Nu moeten we leren van het natuurlijke proces" (R. Frese).

Deze tentoonstelling maakt deel uit van Studiolab, een EU-art-science-initiatief en wordt georganiseerd door het Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst met de genereuze steun van het Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, EU 7th Framework Programme, Kapelica Gallery / Zavod K6 / 4, Zavod Projekt ATOL, Stichting Optofonica, Ministerie van Cultuur Slovenië, gemeente Ljubljana, Mondriaan Fonds - Amsterdam, GAVITA Holland BV, Ocean Optics, Hans Graafmans - Lightco Nederland BV, de European Cultural Foundation.

Studiolab is a 3-year Europe-wide initiative that merges the artist's studio with the research lab. Funded by the EC Seventh Framework Programme in 2011, Studiolab is a European network that provides a platform for creative projects that bridge divides between science, art and design. Through a synergistic network, Studiolab is inspiring new approaches to environmental, technological and social challenges and providing a template for innovative art science collaborations. Studiolab involves interaction between 13 leading centres of scientific research, artistic excellence and experimental design accross 12 European countries. These partners are collaborating and working with world leading scientists, artists, and designers to pilot projects using integrated processes of incubation, education and public engagement. www.studiolabproject.eu/

Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec (SI/NL) is an artist and musician based in Amsterdam, working with invisible ephemeral phenomena and the notion of space. His artistic practice is a poetic exploration of relationships between transitory and temporal flows like sound and weather phenomena and architectural and social spaces they inhabit. In his installations, he makes architecture sensitive to its immediate ephemeral surroundings and enhances the temporal dimension of architecture by creating situations where the outside and inside, the unpredictable and constructed, the permanent and temporal converse. His works encompass interdisciplinary and mixed media installations, sound interventions in public spaces and electro acoustic music. His works were shown and performed in various art galleries, museums and music festivals internationally.
Among others: Kapelica Gallery - Ljubljana, Public Space With a Roof Gallery (PSWAR) - Amsterdam, Ars Electronica - Linz - Austria, Museum of Modern Art - Ljubljana, AV Festival - Newcastle Upon Tyne, SKUC Gallery - Ljubljana, Madrid Abierto - Madrid, Sonic Acts Festival, Amsterdam, … In 2010 his work Virtual Mirror - Rain got awarded Hybrid Arts Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria. http://www.taogvs.org/

Dr. Raoul Frese is an assistant professor in biophysics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, in the Faculty of Science at VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Dr. Frese graduated in experimental physics at the University of Amsterdam in 1995. Since, he has researched natural photosynthesis on the molecular and supramolecular level. Recently he has gained major funding from the Dutch science organization NWO for his research on ‘Nanoscale Photovoltaics and Photochemistry on Biosolar Cells’. The goal of his research is to enhance or redirect photosynthetic performance and to create solar-to-fuel energy cells. http://www.few.vu.nl/~frese/Raoul.html

Dmitry Gelfand and Evelina Domnitch create sensory immersion environments that merge physics, chemistry and computer science with uncanny philosophical practices. Current findings, particularly in the domain of mesoscopics, are employed by the artists to investigate questions of perception and perpetuity. Having dismissed the use of recording media, their works exist as ever-transforming phenomena offered for observation. In order to unveil these quantum processes, the duo has collaborated with numerous scientific research facilities, including the Drittes Physikalisches Institut (Goettingen University, Germany), the Institute of Advanced Sciences and Technologies (Japan), Ricso Lab (Russia) and the Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam). They are recipients of the Japan Media Arts Excellence Prize (2007), and three Ars Electronica Honorary Mentions (2007, 2009, 2011). http://portablepalace.com/

Paul Prudence is a audio-visual performer and installation artist working with computational, algorithmic and generative environments. His work, which had been shown internationally, focuses on the ways in which sound, space and form can be cross wired to create live-cinematic visual-music experiences. He is also interested in data visualisation techniques, process-based environments and emergent systems. Paul maintains the research weblog Dataisnature in which he writes about the interrelationships between natural processes, computational systems and procedural-based art practices. Dataisnature has been used on a number of academic course syllabus's worldwide. http://www.transphormetic.com/

Francisco López is internationally recognized as one of the major figures of the sound art and experimental music scene. Over the past 30 years he has developed an astonishing sonic universe, absolutely personal and iconoclastic, based on a profound listening of the world. Destroying boundaries between industrial sounds and wilderness sound environments, shifting with passion from the limits of perception to the most dreadful abyss of sonic power, proposing a blind, profound and transcendental listening, freed from the imperatives of knowledge and open to sensory and spiritual expansion.
He has realized hundreds of concerts, projects with field recordings, workshops and sound installations in over 60 countries of the five continents. His extensive catalog of sound pieces (with live and studio collaborations with over 150 international artists) has been released by more than 250 record labels worldwide. He has been awarded three times with honorary mentions at the competition of Ars Electronica Festival and is the recipient of the Qwartz Award 2010 for best sound anthology. http://www.franciscolopez.net/

De installatie Memory Vapor (2011) van Evelina Domnitch en Dmitry Gelfandgaat maar een keer per week live (de zaterdagen 13:00-17:00
) in verband met de beperkte voorraad vloeibare stikstof.