Flows (Un)bound – Fluid Materials in Artistic and Scientific Practices

VIDEOS AND IMAGES of the symposium “Flows (Un)bound” in October 2013.
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Prof. Hans-Jörg Rheinberger:
“In constant flux: Thoughts about the epistemic”

The lecture reflects about the scientific research process as well as the experimental systems and epistemic things that are central to this process. Epistemic things are fluid in a metaphorical sense: they constantly elude their final fixation. In the life sciences intersections between »hard« techniques and »soft« objects play a pivotal role. The elusiveness of epistemic things and the contact of »hard« and »soft« in scientific processes will be discussed an explained by examples.
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Prof. Friedrich Weltzien:
“Fluid Aesthetics – Aesthetics of the Fluid”

The lecture plunges into the visual arts of the last 100 years, and addresses the diverse interactions between philosophical concepts of the fluid and artistic practices. Form-dissolving processes such as liquefaction possess a metaphorological potential. In the lecture these destabilizing processes shall be brought together with productive and form-bestowing phenomena such as wave interference, cohesion, and diffusion. Starting with Stéphane Leduc’s »Jardins Chimique« in the early 20th century and closing with Herwig Weiser’s polymedia works from the early 21st century, the lecture discusses aspects in aesthetics and art that are closely connected to the notion of liveliness.
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Evelina Domnitch / Dmitry Gelfand:
“Mesoscopic Ripples in the Neural Sea” – Part 1

The lecture gives insights into the work of the Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand who strikingly fuse artistic practice and scientific experiment. The artist duo began their pursuit with a dismissal of fixative and recording media in favour of dynamically transforming liquids, gases, and force fields propagating through these fluid environs. They will talk about how this orientation toward the fluid lead to imploding sonoluminescent bubbles, acoustically levitated droplet lattices, and prismatic condensation trails of subatomic charges. Using examples from their own oeuvre, they demonstrate to what extent their work takes place at the slippery frontier where quantum behaviour arises on macroscopic scales.
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