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  • Masaki Fujihata, Augmenting the World

    Latest news | 26-04-2017
    19.05.2017 - 02.07.2017 Opening 19.05.2017, at 6 pm. Laznia 1, str. Jaskolcza 1, Gdansk   Counted among the pioneers of interactive art, Masaki Fujihata is one of the most celebrated, innovative and prominent artists who work with media technologies. Early in his career in the 1970s, he made animations, initially using an 8mm film and the stop motion technique. Later, he shifted to video to further investigate visual perception. The morphological explorations of perception that he undertook then revealed his meta-artistic concerns, which have ever since continued to resurface in a variety of forms. At that early stage, Fujihata’s projects addressed visualisation systems and techniques, the status of the image, the relations between technology and expression and new concepts of art emerging at the intersection of artistic practice, technology and science. In the following decade, Fujihata turned to computer art. Engaged in computer graphics a
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    Public lecture by Chris Salter (Concordia University, Montreal) + promotion of the book accompanying the exhibition DIE, AND BECOME!, chaired by prof. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński

    Latest news | 24-01-2017
    Thursday, 26 January 2017 at 6 p.m. LAZNIA Centre for Contemporary Art, ul. Jaskółcza 1, Gdańsk ART, EXPERIMENT AND TECHNO-SCIENCE Public lecture by Chris Salter (Concordia University, Montreal) + promotion of the book accompanying the exhibition DIE, AND BECOME!, chaired by prof. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński   What do artists working with science and technology do? My recently published book Alien Agency: Experimental Encounters with Art in the Making (MIT Press, 2015) explores how “researcher-creators” produce new performative assemblages that challenge how we experience the world and create, and simultaneously, destabilize new phenomena and our perception of such phenomena. How do the materials of art – the “stuff of the world” – behave and perform in ways beyond the creator's intent, becoming unknown and alien. How is it that researcher creators organize the conditions for new kinds of
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  • EXHIBITION: Die, and become! Art and Science as Conjectured Possible

    Latest news | 22-11-2016
    LAZNIA 1 Jaskółcza 1 Str. Gdansk - DOLNE MIASTO   25.11.2016 – 29.01.2017   Opening: 25.11.2016 (Friday), 6 p.m. Opening performance: 25.11.2016 (Friday), 7 p.m. Panel discussion with artists and curator of the exhibition: 26.11.2016 (Saturday), 1.00 - 8.00  pm   Artists in exhibition: James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau, Dmitry ::vtol:: Morozov, Louise-Philippe Demers, Where Dogs Run: Olga Inozemtseva, Natalia Grekhova and Alexey Korzukhin, Thomas Feuerstein, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Pedro Lopes, Verena Friedrich   Curator: Dmitry Bulatov Coordination: Jolanta Woszczenko   Verena Friedrich (DE). Vanitas Machine  
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    Presentation: Three Robots named Paul. Patrick Tresset

    Latest news | 22-11-2016
    Presentation of the installation and Art & Science “Human Traits” book launch in the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw.   Presentation of installation: 1.09-4.09.2016 Discussion: 02.09.2016, 6 p.m. Curator: Ryszard W. Kluszczyński Coordination: Michalina Domoń   Panelist are professor Ryszard Kluszczyński, Patrick Tresset and Jadwiga Charzyńska. The discussion will take place in Festival Café on the 1st floor. ŁAŹNIA Centre for Contemporary Art is organiser of the presentation.   Presentation of the installation devoted to Patrick Tresset, a French artist and scientist, which accompanies Art & Science book launch, evolves around the topic of human and computer creativity and our relations with the new generation machines. The artist’s works are robotic compositions which can draw portraits thanks to the implementation of specifically developed computer programmes
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  • EN Nowa publikacja z cyklu "Art and Science meeting"

    Latest news | 21-11-2016
    At the begining this year, is published next one, bilingual publication from the "Art+Science Meeting" series - "Bio-Robotic Art and its Cultural Contexts". This album is devoted to the art of Guy Ben-Ary, whose exhibition "Nervoplastica" was presented at the Laznia CCA last June. The editor of the publication is the curator of the project, Prof. Ryszard Kluszczyński, whose introduction you will find below. You may download a fragment of the publication here:     Semi-living Art in Search of an Autor   The biography of Guy Ben-Ary, an Israeli artist born in the United States and living for many years in Australia, corresponds well in its nomadic complexity with the character of the works he creates. Indeed, his art combines in its multi-layered references and associations numerous trends in contemporary art. It is in their dynamic, transdisciplinary coexi
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Half-living, hybrids and in-vitro meat (Interview with O. Catts) | Aleksandra Hirszfeld

Texts | 24-11-2016
In 1996, you started the ‘The Tissue Culture & Art Project,’ where you mainly focused on incorporating technology and tissue engineering into your artistic practices. Your artistic and laboratory research led to changes in your perceptions about the concept ‘life’ itself. Could you briefly outline the main idea behind your blurring the rigidly defined boundaries between these disciplines? How can we define the concept of life in the context of your research? When we first entered the lab, we were confronted with a completely new experience that strongly determined our thinking about the need to expand how we define the concept life. The laboratory where we were working received a delivery of rabbit heads that were cut in half. These heads were leftovers from rabbits that had been sold for consumption. We removed their eyes, and put these in the refrigerator overnight. 24 hours after the animals had been killed, it turned out that “part” of the rabbit was still living. The dead rabbits’ eye tissue was still alive. It was an unbelievable experience for us. Later, working in the laboratory and using tissue culture, we were able to extend the life of some cells for up to nine months. We realized then that we have did not really have a language, concepts, that we could use to name what we were experiencing. In what conte
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    Jahannes Bergmark

    An improvising musician, experimental musical instrument maker and electroacoustic- and text-sound-composer. He has developed butoh, jester theatre and performance art into a kind of audiovisual object theatre, performed as a concert but with a setting as a surrealist puppet play of toys, tools, kitchen utensils, materials, weird and kitsch decorative things and junk found on streets and flea markets. Bergmark has been a touring freelance musician since he graduated as a piano builder in 1996, with 600+ collaborations from 33 countries in 400+ venues in 27 countries. http://bergmark.org/   
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    Pier Luigi Capucci

    (b. 1955, Lugo) – is a researcher and theorist in the fields of media studies and of the relationship among art, science and technology. He has published extensively in books and magazines, delivered numerous conference papers and he written the books Reality of the Virtual (1993), The Technological (1994) and Art and Technologies (1996). In 1994 he founded and directed the first Italian online magazine, NetMagazine, later MagNet, on the relationships between the arts and technologies. In 2000 he started Noema, a web magazine on culture-science- technology interrelations. He has participated in international conferences worldwide. He has worked as a teacher at the universities of Rome “La Sapienza”, Bologna, Florence and Urbino, at the SUPSI in Lugano, and at the fine arts academies of Carrara and NABA in Milan. He is currently a professor at the Fine Arts Academy of Urbino and the Director of Studies of the T-Node PhD Research Program of the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth (UK).    
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    Rudy Decelière

    French sound artist, who explores notions of space and dimension. He mainly creates in/outdoor sound installations strongly linked with their architectural or urban context. His central interest is space in terms of visual and sonic presence – all connected with a very sensitive art of process. Decelière is also an active film sound engineer. His works were presented in Switzerland, France, Macedonia, Greece and Germany. He lives and works in Geneva. www.rudydeceliere.net  
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    Anders Eiebakke

    (born 1970 in Oslo, Norway) is an artist working with drone technology since 2007. Among his works is the seagull based MUAV, commissioned by The Norwegian Data Protection Authority. He has exhibited drone based works at among other the Manifesta Biennale (2010), Les Rencontres Internationales (2012) andVestfossen Kunstlaboratorium (2014). He designs his own aircrafts, exhibiting them together with politically charged aerial videos. Eiebakke also writes essays on drones, and is used as an analyst for Norwegian public radio and other news media. He is currently working on a group show in Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, discussing the relationship between art and war. Eiebakke is also a member of the Norwegian National Team in radio controlled precision aerobatics. http://www.anderseiebakke.no/    
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    Ken Feingold

    Contemporary American conceptual artist based in New York. He has been exhibiting his work in video, drawing, film, sculpture, and installations since 1974. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship (2004) and a Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellowship (2003) and has taught at Princeton University and Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science, among others. His works have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tate Liverpool, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and many other museums. http://www.kenfeingold.com/  
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    James K. Gimzewski

    A Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles; Director of the Nano & Pico Characterization Core Facility of California NanoSystems Institute; Scientific Director of the Art|Sci Center and Principal Investigator and Satellites Co-Director of the WPI Center for Materials NanoArchitectonics (MANA) in Japan. Pior to joining the UCLA faculty, he was a group leader at IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, where he research in nanoscale science and technology for more than 18 years.   Dr. Gimzewski pioneered research on mechanical and electrical contacts with single atoms and molecules using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and was one of the first persons to image molecules with STM. His accomplishments include the first STM-based fabrication of molecular superstructures at room temperature using mechanical forces to push molecules across surface, the discovery of single molecule rotors and the development of new micromechanical sensors based on nanotechnology which explore ultimate limits of sensitivity and measurement. This approach was recently used to convert biochemical recognition into Nanomechanics. His current interests are in the nanomechanics of cells and bacteria where he collaborates with UCLA Medical and dental Schools.   He is involved in projects that range from the operation of X-rays ions and nuclear fusion using pyroelectric crystals and single molecule DNA profiling. Dr. Gimzewski is also involved in numerous art-science collaborative projects that have been exhibited in museums throughout the world.   He was recently elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society and received two honorary doctorates.   www.chem.ucla.edu/dept/Faculty/gimzewski/  
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    Kirsten Hudson

    Dr Hudson is a practicing artist, writer and academic based in Western Australia, where she is employed as a lecturer in the Schools of Design and Art and Media Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University. Her research focuses on the philosophies and histories of the body, informed by gender studies, queer theory and French post-structuralism. This informs an art practice that critically resists and subverts normalising representations, constructions and perceptions of subjectivity, sociality and embodiment. Her current research projects visually and textually explore: 1. the ethical and aesthetic consequences of stem cell technologies on understandings of life, death and personhood; 2, the potential of the art object to articulate ideas, feelings and experiences of melancholy, nostalgia, memory and mourning in a way that actively challenges the limits and understandings of loss and desire is a practicing artist, writer and academic based in Western Australia, where she is employed as a lecturer in the Schools of Design and Art and Media Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University. Her research focuses on the philosophies and histories of the body, informed by gender studies, queer theory and French post-structuralism. This informs an art practice that critically resists and subverts normalising representations, constructions and perceptions of subjectivity, sociality and embodiment. Her current research projects visually and textually explore: 1. the ethical and aesthetic consequences of stem cell technologies on understandings of life, death and personhood; 2, the potential of the art object to articulate ideas, feelings and experiences of melancholy, nostalgia, memory and mourning in a way that actively challenges the limits and understandings of loss and desire.    
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    Geir Jenssen

    performing also as Biosphere – is a Norwegian musician who has released a notable catalogue of ambient electronic music. He is well known for his “ambient techno” and “arctic ambient” styles, his use of music loops, and peculiar samples from sci-fi sources.
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    Justyna Kociszewska

    Producer of cultural and leisure activities, currently associated with a Warsaw-based photographic gallery. Incidental film expert, writes for magazines such as E-splot or Popmoderna and few others. Justyna designs for an independent music label and collects ideas.
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    Gerard Lebik

    Gerard Lebik creates sound and music by means of improvisation, musical notation, and manipulation of audio material using acoustic and electronic media. His tools and techniques include: saxophones, contra-alto clarinet, acoustic wave generators, electro-acoustic objects, video feedback, and software.   In 2007, he graduated from the Wrocław Academy of Music. Beginning with classical music and, later, jazz and free improvisation, he moved on to electronic music, experimental sound art and noise.   He has collaborated or performed with Eryck Abecassis, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Rob Mazurek, Keith Rowe, Hernani Faustino, Gabriel Ferrnandini, Noritaka Tanaka, Bettina Wenzel, hans in koch, and Joker Nies.   http://gerardlebik.com/ http://zopan.bandcamp.com/  
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    Paweł Łaźniak

    Film editor. He graduated at the Film and Television Academy in Warsaw. After the graduation he started commercial work (Open Productions since 2006, lazniak.com since 2010). In the commercial film projects he also works on the creation of image and sound, but his main field of interest is creative montage. Till 2013 he had been working on projects for MTV, VIVA, 4fun.TV, Extreme Sports Channel, Polsat, Polsat Sport, ESPN, TVN, TVN Turbo, TVN24, TVP, Discovery Channel (USA) and many others. http://lazniak.com/  
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    Dmitry::vtol:: Morozov

    (b. 1986, Moscow) – implements his ideas in technological art: robotics, sound art and science art. He is the first batch producer of music and video synthesizers in the post-Soviet area. Besides making music and instruments, Morozov creates art installations and promotes circuit-bending and DIY electronics through lectures and workshops. He has taken part in numerous group exhibitions at the NCCA, MoMA, Garage, Tretyakov State Gallery / Art Play, Electromuseum, Laboratoria (Moscow), ZKM | Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie (Karlsruhe), Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (Boulder), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taichung), etc., in 4th MBCA (Moscow), SIGGRAPH 2016 (Anaheim) and in festivals such as Mirage (Lyon), Future Everything (Manchester) and CTM (Berlin). He is the award winner of the Sergei Kuryokhin Prize (Russia, 2013), Prix Cube (France, 2014) and also received honorary mentions at VIDA 16.0 (Spain, 2014) and Prix Ars Electronica (Austria, 2015).  
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    BJ Nielsen

    Sound and recording artist. His work is based on the sounds of nature and its effect on humans. He primarily uses field recordings and electronic composition as a working method. He has worked for film, television, theatre, dance productions and as a sound designer. His newest album for Touch titled “Eye Of The Microphone” is a personal audio rendition based on the sound of London. Currently he is working on “The Acoustic City A Book Publication with CD”, co-edited with Matthew Gandy. www.bjnilsen.com  
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    Maciej Ożóg

    Sound artist, culture and media theorist. Since the early nineties he’s been involved in experimental music scene of Poland. Founder of many bands (Spear, Ben Zen, Aural Treat, Sub Spa, Quantum Vacuum Oscillator, Nonstate i.a.). He works in the field of live multimedia performance, interactive installations and video art. In his solo performances he critically explores the limial territory between body physical activity and invisible electric infrastructure of hybrid space. He uses custom designed instruments and devices as well as digital and analogue electronics. Ożóg is an author of numerous articles concerning aesthetics of new media art, critical art, avant-garde film, video, and experimental music. His research focuses on surveillance studies, information and network society, tactical media, bio art and posthumanism. He teaches at the Department of Electronic Media, University of Łódź, Poland. In 1998-2002 he ran a record label Ignis Project dedicated to electronic and electroacoustic music. Ignis released records by: Francisco Lopez, Ultra Milkmaids, Vance Orchestra, Indra Karmuka, Crawl Unit, Origami Arktika, Chaos As Shelter, EA and Spear. He curated such events as four editions of the exhibition “Die Kunst Ist Toth”, concerts by Coil, Noise Makers Fifes, Column One, Troum, Xaviere Charles, Z’ev, Zbigniew Karkowski, Aube, Tetsuo Furudate, Asmus Tietchens, Marco Donnarumma and many others.  https://soundcloud.com/maciej-ozog  
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    Prof. Michael Punt

    Professor of Art and Technology at the University of Plymouth where he is the convenor of Transtechnology Research and the Editor-in-Chief of Leonardo Reviews. He gained his PhD at the University of Amsterdam (Early Cinema and the Technological Imaginary) and has jointly produced two books on audio visual media and consciousness. He has published over 80 articles on cinema history and digital technology in key journals. From April 2010 he has been leading a large joint research project funded through HERA on the creative exchanges between experimental and commercial film makers. www.trans-techresearch.net  
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    Jasia Reichardt

    Writer on art, art critic and exhibition organizer. She was born in Poland but has lived in London most of her life. She was Assistant Director of the ICA in London (1963-71) and Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery (1974-76). She is principally interested in the relationships between art and science, art and technology and art and the history of ideas. Some of her best known exhibitions, such as “Between Poetry and Painting” (1965) and “Cybernetic Serendipity” (1968) were about the connections between one field and another. The principal idea of “Cybernetic Serendipity” exhibition was to examine the role of cybernetics in contemporary arts. She has written several books , including “The Computer in Art” (1971), “Robots – Fact, Fiction and Prediction” (1978) and edited “Cybernetics, Art and Ideas” (1971). She also worked on visualization of mathematics, a project called “Fantasia Mathematica”. She was one of the directors of ARTEC biennale in Japan (focused on art and technology) between 1989-98. In 1998 she staged an exhibition called “Electronically Yours” about electronic portraiture at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Since 1988 she has been looking after the Themerson Archive, the archive of a writer and an artist, whose avant-garde publishing company, Gaberbocchus Press, launched in 1957 a Common Room for artists interested in science and scientists interested in the arts. She continues to pursue her interests in the relationship of art and technology.
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    Christa Sommerer i Laurent Mignonneau

    World famous media artists, creating mostly interactive computer installations. They are both teachers at the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria, where they lead the Division of Culture at the Institute for the Media Interface. Their cooperation, which continues to this day, began in 1992 at the Institute for New Media in Staedelschule in Frankfurt. Sommerer and Mignonneau have won major prizes and awards, including “Golden Nica” Ars Electronica Award for Interactive Art 1994 (Linz, Austria), and “World Technology Award” in London (2001). www.interface.ufg.ac.at/christa-laurent/   
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    Patrick Tresset

    A French artist and scientist who investigates human artistic activity, computational creativity and our relation to machines, in particular our relations with robotic entities. In the context of his art practice, Patrick uses robotics to create autonomous robotics entities that are evocative representations of the artist, and in a certain manner a representation of himself. His robots are based on advanced technologies using research findings from robotics, computer vision, artificial intelligence and cognitive computing. Patrick encountered and practiced computing, painting, drawing and sculpture from an early age in France. Following a degree in Business Computing, he migrated to London to become a painter. Between 1991 and 2003 his work was exhibited in solo and group shows in London and Paris. In 2003, Patrick lost his ability to paint and draw, he has since been working on computational and robotic systems that are able to simulate these artistic activities. Patrick’s research led him to join Goldsmiths, University of London, to study for a Master of Sciences in Arts Computing and until 2013, he codirected the AIkon II project with Prof. Frederic Fol Leymarie. The AIkon II project investigated the observational sketching activity through computational modeling and robotics. Patrick also created the creative robotics course taught to postgraduatestudents at Goldsmiths as part of the MFA Computational Arts programme. Patrick was recently a Senior fellow at the Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz in Germany and is a currently a visiting research fellow at Goldsmiths University of London, United Kingdom. As a researcher he has published academic papers in the fields of artificial intelligence, computational aesthetics, computational creativity, social robotics, drawing research, digital arts and computer graphics. Patrick’s work has been internationally exhibited in solo and group shows, in association with major museums suc
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    Victoria Vesna

    A media artist and Professor at the UCLA Department of Design Media Arts and Director of the Art|Sci center at the School of the Arts and California Nanosystem Istitute (CNSI). She is currently a Visiting Proffesor nd Director of Reasearch at Parsons Art, Media + Technology, the New School for Design in New York and senior researcher at IMeRA - L’Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées in Marseille, France and Artist in Residece ant the Institute of Advanve Studies, Univesrity of Bristol. Her work can be defined as experimental creative research that resides between disciplines and technologies. With her instalation she explores how communication technologies affect collective behavior and how perception of Wales UK and has exhibite her work in over twenty solo exhibition, more than seventy group shows, her work is written about in many book chapters and her writings published in excess of twenty papers and gave 100+ invited talks in the last decade. Her most recent installlations – Blue Morph, Mood Swings and Waters Bowls, all aim to raise consciousness around the issues of our relationship to natural systems. other notable works are  Bodeies INCorporated, Datamining Bodies, nOtime oraz Cellular Trans_Action. She is the North American editor of Al & Society and in 2007 published an edited volume – Database Aesthetics : Art inthe age of Information Overflow, Minnesota Press. Just released is a new volume she co-edite with Christian Paul and Margot Lovejoy – Context Providers: Conditions of Meaning in Media Arts (Intellect Press, 2011). www.victoriavesna.com   
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    Zorka Wollny

    A musician, audio-video programmer, violinist, singer, composer and the founder of “O” – the first Polish studio which specializes in the creation of interactive multimedia installations. He conducts workshops devoted to interactive multimedia programming, builds instruments, and creates music for theater, short films and animated movies. Wojnicki also performs as a solo artist under the name Mananasoko. www.o.bzzz.net  
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    Marek Zygmunt

    Visual artist, director, producer of documentary films. Since 1995 he creates performances, video performances, multimedia installations, movies, photography and experimental music. He is the author of over 150 projects, exhibitions participant and creator of authorial activities. Professionally he focuses on film and television art, working as a director and journalist. He owns a company producing film materials. He has been working for over 20 year with artists as Dominik Lejman and institutions as the Baltic Opera, Laznia CCA, Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk preparing video visualizations and project documentations. http://www.marekzygmunt.art.pl/   
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