The second Art x Science Dialogues will focus on Sonic Arts x Neuroscience. Sonic Arts have become the hot topic in recent times. Artists explore sound in its pure state, simultaneously bridging and muddling barriers between sound, noise, and music in the contemporary or historical sense. Others investigate the political and cultural implications of certain sounds, using their work to bring human rights to the fore. This event puts spotlight on yet another group of artists who connects Sonic Arts with Neuroscience, attempting to unveil the mystery of human brain and consciousness by playing with the frequency and wavelength of a soundwave. Therefore, we have invited Luca Forcucci, a distinguished independent composer, artist and scholar and Jo Wei, curator, researcher and founder of Pan Bio-art Studio, for a collaborative discussion.
|16:00 – 16:05||Opening Remarks
|16:05 – 16:35||Presentation (15′ each speaker)
Mechanisms of Listening
The Practice of Neuroscience & Art in China and Beyond
|16:35 – 17:00||Q&A Session|
Chair of Laser Nomad
Independent composer, artist, and scholar
Luca Forcucci’s research observes the perceptive properties of the sonic in relation to space, memory, subjectivity and consciousness. Such ideas are addressed through music compositions, sound installations, sound walks, performances, videos, photography, and texts. For over a decade, he has collaborated with scientists in the field of cognitive neuroscience, perception and biology. He is regularly invited as guest lecturer in universities around the globe like SIVA Shanghai, EPFL Lausanne, ZHdK Zürich, University of Cape Town, USP São Paulo, UFBA Salvador de Baiha, UFRJ Rio de Janeiro, UdK Berlin and University of California Riverside. Forcucci’s work won numerous grants and prizes in well regarded contexts, such as being the first Swiss Artist in Lab in Residency at the Brain Mind Institute in Lausanne, Site-Mapping.ch Swiss Digital Art award for a research in the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest, Djerassi Foundation and Leonardo/ISATS delirium madness art and science residency in San Francisco, nominated in the arts at the World Technology Summit in New York, and finalist for the Luigi Russolo Prize 2019. His latest work, Alerta !, has been selected for the New York Electroacoustic Music Festival. Forcucci is chair of Laser Nomad, a global art and science initiative in collaboration with Leonardo / ISATS.
Curator, researcher, and founder of Pan Bio-art Studio
Jo Wei is a curator and researcher, and is also the founder of the Pan Bio-art Studio (PBS). Wei is currently a researcher of Art, Science and technology (AST) in the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). Her recent research interests include Bio Art, AI&Art and Ecological Art, etc. Among the list of her many curations are Quasi-Nature: Bio Art, Borderline, Laboratory (2019) , Towards the Emergence of Resistance: The Eye of Representation (2016). Wei was in the curatorial team of Ars Electronica in Shenzhen (2019), and Ethics of Technology (2016) and Post-Life (2018), respectively part of the first and second editions of the Beijing Media Art Biennale. She is also an International Adviser for the European Commission’s STARTS Prize (2019), and the member of the International Program Committee of ISEA (2020). The crossover field of Biology and Art has been developing tremendously since 2000s, and Neuroscience & Art has one of the most potential within this area. Wei will bring several cases of the latter practice in China, and also a brief introduction of the Chinese art/science/technology scene.
Art x Science Dialogues is a new webinar series initiated by swissnex China in 2020. It will take place once per month from May to August via Zoom, covering topics of Design x Materials Science, Sonic Arts x Neuroscience, Photography x Environmental Ecology, and New interdisciplinary Initiatives. To view past events, please access here.