The project ‘Genesis of an Artistic Fact’ brings together scientists and artists by opening scientists to the artistic process and artists to scientific knowledge. Thereby, the artists create a piece of art that can serve as a starting point for a social discourse on optical detection methods in research. In the end, a joint exhibition by all five participating artists (collectives) will show the results of the transdisciplinary dialogue.
The project is aimed at artists who deal with the methods of artistic research. An engagement with scientific topics and techniques is desirable. For this Arts & Science Residency, the TRAFO with its 400m² is both working and exhibition space. The TRAFO is a new innovation laboratory for contemporary art forms and media in Jena (known as the city of light due to its historical importance in optics). In keeping with the historical and contemporary research focus in the city, the project takes photonics and optics as core themes. Supported by cooperation commitments from the Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies (IPHT) and the German Optical Museum Jena (D.O.M.), the focus is on optical technologies and their application in diagnostic processes and the life sciences. Through the residency, the laboratory becomes the studio and the studio becomes the laboratory, so that the forms and processes of both disciplines can be experienced by the participating artists and scientists, and the public.
Both the exhibition and the process leading to it will be documented in the form of text, photographs and video. A printed documentation and a reflective workshop in the Applied Innovation Lab Vienna (AIL) are in the planning stage.
Residency activities will be focused in the periods 19 July – 1 August 2021 and 20 September - 3 October 2021. For selected participants the organisers provide accommodation and meals as well as a stipend/fee of 1000 EUR.