Art and Science, The New Power Couple – Brought to you by Hyundai Motor Company

Art and Science, The New Power Couple – Brought to you by Hyundai Motor Company


Being human is about questioning our nature,
our planet, the way we travel, the way we talk and this is what quantum mechanics
is giving us: a new way of understanding without understanding. The message we want to transfer to the citizens
is that we are in different ways, trying to figure out what reality is seeing
through the lens of science and technology, but still there are many questions to be asked. Hello, Jose-Carlos.
Here we are in Quantica. Yes. You are co-curating with me, this exhibition. What is for you, the achievement
with this experience? When you work on a laboratory space and when there are these dialogues
between scientists at CERN in this case, and artists, you need to be very precise
of what you are trying to research as an artist in order to bring that into a broader discussion. Something I learned from this experience
and through the years observing artists working
with art and technology, trying to make sense of
what is the impact in society, artists are interpreting reality
in another way. And this reality is very influenced by
technological and scientific developments. At CERN, one of the things that happened
is that in order to understand matter, you need to interpret it
using very sophisticated artefacts. But that also means that our senses,
our five senses are very elementary in comparison to the way in which we may interpret
what is the constituency of matter. So, since our senses are very limited,
we need all of these artefacts. Would you refer to a particular artwork
that describes well, this connection between the artistic artefact
and the scientific research? One work that is impressive is Yunchul Kim’s
Cascade and that’s interesting also because it brings a metaphor
of how to uncover a particle that you cannot see into a piece where that particle
is in a way, translated into ways in which
we may be able to perceive matter. So, how something that is abstract,
that we know it’s there but we cannot see, is transforming into something that is poetic
yet very sophisticated as an installation. Something that strikes me always
is how contemporary artists, they are much more acquainted to technology. And I think that an exhibition such as Quantica
wouldn’t be possible twenty or thirty years ago. What do you think about that? Artists, they work with different models,
they simulate and create, and recreate environments
but they are recreated in a way that they are systems
that work properly. And from that point of view, they are using
the methodologies of science and technologies, and using it in their artworks. And this is a massive value and a vision
from an artistic point of view. Technology changes very fast,
and so do the experiments going on at CERN. How do you think about the Quantica exhibition
in fifty years’ time, in terms of what we see now
and what we will see in the future? I think that we are doing a great job
providing tools and experiences for the artists to be move involved
in what is urgent today in science. What is urgent in fundamental science
is what can be known with the technology that we have today,
do go even further. In fifty years, I hope we have artists
that are better equipped critically as well as in their methodologies, to create
a better experience of technology for all of us.

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