The partner program of STATE Festival “MICRO E-MOTIONS” – Art & Science Node in Berlin @ Art & Science Node, Berlin
The announcement in 1956 by Francis Crick of “The Central Dogma”, establishing relations between DNA, RNA and proteins marked the onset of the so-called “molecular revolution”. It stirred the imagination not only of scholars but also influenced deeply cultural narratives. Artists brings yet another dimension to this micro world – the dimension of human emotions, posing the question: what kind of tools, scientific and cultural, do we have or must develop to apprehend the invisible?
The fundamental bio-molecules, which make life possible, are usually perceived as cellular robots, designed to perform their encoded functions. ASN will present several artistic projects making res invisible visible, in which cellular robots become not only metaphors of life and its evolution, of beauty and truth in nature, but also means of interpersonal communication and embodiment of human pride, creativity, desires as well as fears.
State Festival 2016 ARTWORKS
Human Chaperones is an interactive simulation which visualizes the dynamics of 10- Alanine peptide solvated by 8296 explicit water molecules. Therefore David Glowacki and his team developed the software, algorithms and the hardware setup to carry out the molecular dynamics by utilizing an array of consumer depth sensors.
The system works by interpreting the human form as an energy landscape, and superimposing this landscape on a molecular dynamics simulation to chaperone the motion of the simulated atoms, affecting both graphics and sonified simulation data.
Dr David Glowacki is a renowned scientist, digital artist and cultural theorist who holds a PhD in physical chemistry.
In his projects he is engaged with the idea to visualize phenomena which are otherwise invisible. He works together with experts of different fields to accomplish his interdisciplinary projects on the intersection of molecular physics, biochemistry, high performance computing, algorithm development and interactive art. All his projects reflect his interested in the aesthetics of scientific imagination.
David Glowacki is a Royal Scociety Research Fellow at the University of Bristol where he leads an eclectic research group between the Centre for Computational Chemistry and the Department of Computer Science. Furthermore he is a visiting scholar at Stanford University. His multi-award winning interdisciplinary artworks were already shown across Europa, USA and Asia at a number of prestigious venues like the Barbican Arts Centre (London), the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Technology (Karlsruhe, Germany), the London 2012 Olympics (London, UK), the Stanford University Art Institute (Palo Alto, California), the Bhutan International Festival (Thimphu, Bhutan) and many more.
Angel of the West- Julian Voss Andreae
Angel of the West is a structure inspired by the (human) immune system’s key molecule, the antibody. Like tiny guardian angels, legions of antibodies constantly protect us from illness and disease. The sculpture plays on the striking similarity of both proportion and function of the antibody molecule to the human body. A stylized representation of the antibody molecule is surrounded by a ring evocative of Leonardo’s Renaissance icon Vitruvian Man (1490). Commissioned as the signature piece for the new Florida campus of the prestigious Scripps Institute, the sculpture symbolizes the application of Western science to the art of healing.
Julian Voss-Andreae is a German sculptor based in Portland, Oregon. Starting out as a painter he later changed course and studied physics, mathematics, and philosophy at the Universities of Berlin, Edinburgh and Vienna. Voss-Andreae pursued his graduate research in quantum physics, participating in an experiment considered one of the modern milestones of unifying our everyday intuition with the famously bizarre world of quantum physics. He moved to the United States to study Sculpture at the Pacific Northwest College of Art from where he graduated in 2004.
Voss-Andreae’s work, often inspired by his background in science, has captured the attention of multiple institutions and collectors in the United States and abroad. Recent institutional commissions include large-scale outdoor monuments for Rutgers University, the University of Minnesota, and Texas Tech University. Voss-Andreae’s work has been featured in print and broadcast media worldwide.
Ghost Cell – Antoine Delacharlery
“Ghost Cell is a stereoscopic plunge into the guts of an organic Paris seen as a cell through a virtual microscope.” In a suggestive way the artist transforms the city, with its architecture, infrastructure and habitants into o meta-cell, a sort of matrix of life processes merging micro and macro levels.
The animation presented by Imagine Science Festival in New York, 2015, Honored by Ars Electronica 2016
Antoine Delacharlery Is a French artists and filmmaker working in the field of 3D animation, short films and digital arts, exploring various techniques and means of artistic expression. His works seek interconnections between the real and virtual, the dreamlike and the organic. His graduation film from Supinfocom Telegraphics won the Prix SCAM in 2010.