exhibition: 948 Merkatua ART, Project Rooms, 20-22 Nov

November 20, 2019

From 20th to 22nd November, a medium sized version of The Quivering of the Reed is being displayed in the Project Room section of the fair 948 Merkatua held at Baluarte in Pamplona.

conference: light | sensitive | material, London, 1-2 Nov

October 28, 2019

Next 1 and 2 November 2019 I’ll participate in the conference light-sensitive-material at the University of West London.

In the presentation I’ll discuss a mutual re-operationalisation of vegetal matter and photographic technique in the context of experimental practices that took place in the laboratories of plant physiology at the turn of the 20th century. There, camera-less photographic techniques where used to measure and describe the growth and shape of plants. In the experimental set-ups that will be addressed, the formation of the photographic image and the formation of vegetal tissue coincided. The convergence of these two different forms of inscription of light will be discussed, as a space of transfers between plant growth and imaging practices linked to a parallel transformation of the visual surfaces of the planet.

To do this, the work of the Austrian plant physiologist Julius Wiesner will be presented. His use of cultural techniques of photographic measurement such as the Insolator, the Lichtflache or colour charts will be put in relation to contemporary discourses on photographic theory, as well as media theory developments such as Giuliana Bruno’s notion of the surface. Instead of being mere instruments that registered the behaviour of plants photographically, they were the sites where a specific form of plant behaviour was defined. This presentation will, therefore, present this work as a series of operations where the photographic was transferred to the growth of plants, and vice versa.

See the complete info about the conference here: https://www.uwl.ac.uk/light-sensitive-material

Artist presentation: Encuentro del programa DART de investigaciones artísticas del Instituto Katarina Gurska

October 09, 2019

Viernes 18 de Octubre: Sesión transversal

  • 16:00h. Abelardo Gil-Fournier: “Entre la realidad y la fricción: tiempo, materia y artificio”
  • 18:00h. Gerriet K. Sharma: “Artistic research in the field of Arts-Science and Technology”

El Instituto Katarina Gurska de Investigaciones Artísticas (IKG) es un laboratorio para las artes y las humanidades destinado a la investigación artística, aportando a la comunidad global el tiempo, el espacio y la libertad para crear e inspirar.

Ubicado en el Teatro Canónigos del Real Sitio de San Ildefonso (Segovia), el IKG integra en la práctica de las artes escénicas los recursos que aportan las disciplinas humanísticas, la investigación científica y la inspiración de las artes visuales.

El IKG nace con el objeto de dar cobertura a las necesidades de una nueva generación de artistas que aspiran a transformar la sociedad mediante la investigación, práctica y difusión de nuevas formas de expresión artística y su aplicación interdisciplinar.

1er Encuentro: La intersección del arte, la ciencia y la tecnología http://katarinagurska.com/fundacion/instituto-ikg/

Exhibition: Sin moldes. Escultura en la Colección MUSAC

September 29, 2019

Mawat forma parte de la exposición colectiva “Sin moldes. Escultura en la Colección MUSAC” en el Museo de La Rioja.

11 de octubre, 2019 - 15 de diciembre, 2019

“Sin moldes. Escultura en la Colección MUSAC es una muestra de la Colección MUSAC que se inserta en el marco de la Feria de Arte Contemporáneo SCULTO y que recoge una selección de obras paradigmáticas de la transgenericidad, en la que el soporte, el lenguaje y la herramienta de la obra se pliegan a la plasticidad y el contenido conceptual de la misma sin poner el acento ni siquiera preguntarse a qué categoría pertenecen. La exposición se divide en dos partes: una parte se muestra en el espacio para exposiciones temporales del museo, con obras que evocan aquellos experimentos artísticos del siglo XX, en los que el lugar y la escultura se han convertido en un todo cohesivo; la otra dialoga con las obras de la colección permanente, insertándose como si fueran otras obras más de la colección, o dando un contrapunto de contemporaneidad a las temáticas del museo.”

Puede leerse más información de la exposición aquí.

Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies 2019

June 18, 2019

I’ve been selected to participate in this Summer School. Broadly, the notion of cultural techniques will be discussed in relation to its algorithmisation. As this year’s topic of the summer school states:

“How does the computerization of cultural techniques produce new forms of subjectivity? As the concept of cultural techniques implies already the notion of “chains of operations” and thereby a permanent (retro-)coupling of human and nonhuman agency, how does the technologization and computerization of cultural techniques change the very nature of knowing, of affect, of being-with-others (people, things, animals)?”

I’ll contribute to it with my research on the interweaving of imaging practices and vegetal growth.

conference: The vegetal transfer: Plants, crops and the photographic surface (FAMU, Prague)

May 17, 2019

Department of Photography FAMU: Host lectures

Wednesday May 17, 12:00

U1, FAMU, Smetanovo náb?. 2, Prague 1

In this talk I will present my research on the interweaving between vegetable growth and the formation of images since the experimental practices of Plant Physiology in the last decades of the 19th century. It is an entanglement that characterizes particularly the context of agricultural operations since then. It can be found for instance in the impact of aerial photography in the development of large-scale agricultural programs of the 20th century, or in the technologies known since the 1990s as precision farming, driven by machine vision systems. Or, more recently, it is epitomized in the use of image-based machine learning techniques applied to the administration and prediction of crops.

In all these different contexts the vegetable appears as a green surface whose form and movements are measured and analyzed through techniques linked to visual media. There, then, a remarkable convergence takes place. On the one hand, in the plants, due to processes such as photosynthesis, light is transformed into vegetable matter. On the other, in the media practices considered –analogue and digital imaging, mainly–, light is registered on their photosensitive surfaces. That is, in these situations where visual media are used to quantify vegetable growth, two different forms of inscription of light encounter. A space of possible transfers between them can be considered then.

These transfers will be the main object of the presentation. They will be addressed from the point of view the media theoretical notion of cultural techniques, on the one hand, and from a practice-based approach in the context of media art.

https://foto.amu.cz/aktualne/abelardo-gil-fournier-the-vegetable-transfer-plants-crops-and-the-photographic-surface/

Workshop: Laboratorios de la escucha

May 10, 2019

Entre el 10 y el 14 de mayo estuve en Peñíscola trabajando con María Andueza en un taller, “El sonido del que eres cable”, en el C.E.I.P Jaime Sanz con alumando de 3º de Educación Primaria. Esta actividad se inscribía en los Laboratorios de la escucha coordinados por Weekend Proms como parte del proyecto “Resistències artístiques. Producción artística en entornos educativos” financiado por el Consorci de Museus de la Comunitat Valenciana.

publication: ’Visual hallucination of probable events’, or, on environments of images and machine learning

April 02, 2019

A paper written in collaboration with Jussi Parikka in relation to our work in landscape prediction has been published in German in the yearly publication, Archiv für Mediengeschichte, which deals this year with the topic “Mikrozeit und Tiefenzeit”.

You can find an excerpt in English here: https://jussiparikka.net/2018/09/06/machine-learned-futures/

The publication, edited by Joseph Vogl, Bernhard Siegert und Friedrich Balke, contains texts by Lorenz Engell, Wolfgang Ernst, Abelardo Gil-Fournier, Patricia A. Gwozdz, Ann McGrath, Jussi Parikka, Jörg Paulus, Irina Podgorny, Reto Rössler, Eva Schauerte, Peter Schnyder, Patrick Stoffel, Oliver Völker, Geoffrey Winthrop-Young.

Conversation: Filandón entre nubes, tormentas y campanas, Fundación Cerezales Antonino y Cinia

March 15, 2019

Conversación con José Luis Puerto y Javier Martínez de Orueta en la Fundación Cerezales Antonino y Cinia: “Dentro del ciclo Nubla. Ecología a ras de la atmósfera, organizamos este filandón sobre meteorología y saberes populares con el objetivo de dar espacio algunas de las conversaciones que han tenido lugar en varias de las sesiones. Hablaremos sobre elementos y rastros de la climatología en la tradición oral, las costumbres y los oficios, sin olvidar todo lo que tiene que ver con lo perceptivo y lo sensorial. Un diálogo colectivo sobre nubes que vienen y van, entre las huellas de la tradición y la predicción de lo que está por venir.” Conversation with José Luis Puerto and Javier Martínez de Orueta at the Fundación Cerezales Antonino y Cinia: Within the cycle Nubla. Ecology to the rim of the atmosphere, we organize this filandón on meteorology and popular knowledge, with the aim of giving space to some of the conversations that have taken place in several sessions. We will talk about elements and traces of climatology in oral tradition, customs and crafts, without forgetting everything that has to do with the perceptual and the sensory. A collective dialogue about clouds that come and go, between the traces of tradition and the prediction of what is to come.