Exploding Borders. Creating Membranes in Art, Technology and Society
FACT, 1.2.-30.3.2008, exhibition curated by Jens Hauser
FACT, 8. & 9.2.2008
Liverpool Unversity Press
164 pages, 70 color illustrations
sk-interfaces is a multi-disciplinary exhibition of contemporary art works which reflect the progressive feeling of uncertainty and "inbetween-ness" which we encounter in the age of technological extensions. Much like a generalized rite of passage, the 17 international artists translate this emotionally uncomfortable "betwixt and between" period. They make use of today's sensation of being "neither here nor there" to engage us into moments of enhanced self-reflexivity. Skin represents a place where art, science, biopolitics, philosophy and social culture inter-face. Materially and metaphorically, artists replace borders that tend to separate by membranes that need to be negotiated; between spaces, species, gender, senses, disciplines and genres.
sk-interfaces launches FACT's Human Futures programme in Liverpool 's year as European Capital of Culture.
FACT - Foundation for Art and Creative Technology
88 Wood Street, Liverpool L1 4DQ , UK
This international conference gives insight into the aesthetic, philosophical and biomedical issues raised in the exhibition. Specialists from a wide range of disciplines and artists of international renown will discuss past and future roles of skin, shifts in the concept of interfaces, the emergence of "biofacts" in philosophy, as well as the most contemporary practices of artists using new technologies, biomedia and their own bodies.
Speakers include: Claudia Benthien, Stelarc, Orlan, Nicole Karafyllis, Richard Cavell, Oron Catts, Stéphane Dumas, Siân Ede, Jill Scott, Jens Hauser, Maurice Benayoun, Marion Laval-Jeantet, Kira O'Reilly, Neal White, Nicolas Langlitz, Amanda McDonald Crowley, Sally Jane Norman, and more.For full conference programme and list of speakers please visit:
sk-interfaces: Exploding Borders: Creating Membranes in Art, Technology and Society. Edited by Jens Hauser. An art and text book published by Liverpool University Press. Contributions from 25 major international artists, scholars and critics, thermochromic cover design by Zane Berzina.
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