POSTED BY: G.H. Hovagimyan | Mon Apr 9th, 2012 11 a.m.
LOCATION: 319 Scholes

The Semiology of Art Against Nature, seen as an Ontological Trajectory, Mapping the Representation of Nature versus Art.

A Panel Discussion @ 319 Scholes Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11206

April 13th, 2012
Doors open at 7pm. Panel discussion starts at 8pm
Followed by a cocktail reception with the panelists
Free admission

Sex-Food-Death is a panel discussion organized by 319 Scholes and Artists Meeting, a New York City based collective. The Panel will explore a range of creative tendencies that presage the coming integration of biology, science, art, research, and post-human critique. 

A multidisciplinary team of panelists from the L’Institut d’Arts Invasifs, working in conjunction with researchers from University of Life Sciences and the Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, will discuss their controversial research on Biostallations, an emerging creative practice situated in active theaters of war. This work has been quietly generating controversy among European bio-ethicists and religious leaders, due to its use of human subjects, genetic interventions, drone technology, and bizarre academic ritual celebrations. While the group of artists undertaking this work chooses to remain underground, their institutional research partners have agreed to speak out for the first time, amid accusations of European-wide censorship and a media blackout.

Sex-Food-Death will illuminate new and potentially groundbreaking creative practices, while proposing techniques for collapsing the boundaries between contemporary theories of bio-art and art, art and nature, nature and bio-art. These multiparous fields of generative practice existing within both microscopic and socio-cultural domains will soon have a disrupting effect on cultural production as we have come to understand it.

“Simultaneously, the so-called ethical constraints of Western Civilization collapse around the reality of the flexible genome. The tools of war unleashed by the scientific community are affording us with a tremendous opportunity to map the exigent patterns of the bio-chemical experience of fear, and to develop protocols, heuristics, and experimental trials, which heighten, modify and rework an individual’s range of experience.”

“As World Society produces ever more regenerative social features, and as its formerly static definitions and self-descriptions clash with their own circular perceptions of their continued existence—contemporary artists must either adapt to this new paradigm, or prepare for extinction. It is only through the continual creation of self-producing/other-producing virtual organisms—that art can survive the coming singularity. Biostallations are but the opening move in this unfolding post-information domain.”

”The object is over, dead, finished. The virtual is soon to follow.”
Dr. Novotny, addressing a recent gathering of paleo-capitalists at the FLINS conference, Brugge, EU.

With Ivan Drajic (Croatia), Martin Savernak, (Czeck Republic), Dr. Ava Novotny (Czeck Republic),
Dr. Branko Cerny (Croatia), Jan Nemec (Croatia, ), Raz Johansen (Altai Republic). Moderated by William Gregory 

A visual art exhibition and will accompany the panel discussion.

319 Scholes supports digital arts and experimentation through exhibitions, lectures, panels, participatory workshops, and live performances. We use a non-disciplinary approach to examine technology and its effects on our communities, relationships, and the body. Grounded in the belief that art is the best way to navigate the potential of networked culture, we aim to cultivate challenging and experiential modes of engaging with new media. Established in 2009, 319 Scholes is run by artists and a core group of collaborators, operating out of a renovated warehouse in Bushwick, Brooklyn.


319 Scholes
319 Scholes Street
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