EVOLUTION HAUTE COUTURE: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age
National Centre for Contemporary Arts – Kaliningrad Branch, Russia
Under support of Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, The Ford Foundation (The Moscow Office, Russia), The Dynasty Foundation (Moscow)
Monday, December 3, at 7 pm
MMC KIBLA, Maribor
Tuesday, December 4, at 6 pm
KGLU, Slovenj Gradec
Web_TCA_Project Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr (AU). NoArk, 2007, still from a video. Photo courtesy of the artists
The Tissue Culture & Art Project: Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr (AU). NoArk, 2007, still from a video. Photo courtesy of the artists.

For the SOFT CONTROL project the National Center for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad Branch, Russia) presents a collection of documentary films about artworks recently created using the latest twenty-first century technologies: artificial life, robotics, bio and genetic engineering. The medium in these artworks is living or lifelike matter, and the properties of living organisms and technologically reproduced artefacts are combined to produce the method. Art created under these new conditions of postbiology – that is, under conditions of artificially generated life – cannot avoid making this artificiality its explicit theme. We are thus again confronted with the question of the relationship between art and life in a completely new context defined by biological and abiological creations, works, and beings. This collection is the first comprehensive overview of the current stage of contemporary techno-biological art. It provides a panorama of artistic strategies for granting and withdrawing the gift of authenticity. The analysis of these strategies opens up new possibilities for creative production and cultural commentary.

The program is curated by Dmitry Bulatov (KB NCCA, Russia).
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Monday, December 3, at 7 pm

KGLU, Slovenj Gradec
Tuesday, December 4, at 6 pm