Often asepticised, secluded and reserved for scientific purposes, a laboratory is a place for scrutiny. Seemingly opposed to the immaculate space of scientific research, the artist's studio still retains a certain 19th century bohemian preconceptions of informality and non-conformism. For two types of creativity, two separate shelters. By extending the dualistic relationship between art and science to the locus itself, the antagonism disappears and makes room for comparisons. The studio is no longer restricted to the definition of an artist’s workspace but rather assumes the characteristics of the lab, that is “a place providing opportunity for experimentation, observation, or practice in a field of study1”.
Seeing together: a synopsis, encourages a reading that breaches the usual dichotomy between art and science, creating an occasion for them to interact and to conflate. Composed of the ancient Greek terms: sun-, together, and opsis, seeing, the title refers both to the etymologic meaning of ‘seeing all together’ and to the metaphoric modern sense of ‘summary’, ‘overview’. Through this exhibition, the lab becomes the unifying component which contains at once the scientific research and the art practice. The works presented in this exhibition lie at this very junction. Each of the artists resorts to biology and/or technologies as an integral part of their creative process, blurring the lines between the scientific and the artistic, their workspace oscillating between studio and laboratory.
This exhibition celebrates the LABORATORIUM/Color biolab and its four years of investigating the color field, offering a transdisciplinary approach to both art and science. The presence of a biology lab within an art school, produces bilateral opportunities to thrive and to learn. The symbiotic relationship deriving from this bipolar project, invites us to reconsider and rethink the labels attributed, thereby making the partition between art and science more permeable. The separations have yielded, the labels no longer stand and the antagonisms have disappeared to highlight a common space, a common practice.
Seeing together: a synopsis takes root in the LABORATORIUM/Color biolab, situated within KASK. This laboratory is a research project conducted by María Boto Ordóñez and Kristel Peters which focuses on new ways of approaching the color field. Starting from traditional coloring, to living organisms or waste, this project aims at reflecting the possibilities of new coloring sources and the implications involved. As a biolab in art and design it focuses on exploring different interactions between art, science and technology.
In collaboration with María Boto Ordóñez and Kristel Peters from LABORATORIUM/Color biolab.
With the participation of Peter Beyls, Tim Theo Deceuninck, Sina Hensel, Elias Heuninck, Jerry Galle, Annemarie Maes, Vanessa Müller, Pepa Ivanova and Zeger Reyers.
Curated by: Alice Lefebvre and Bert Puype
The Laboratorium / Color Biolab research is funded by the HOGENT Arts Research Fund.
- Opening: 20 September, 2019, from 8pm
- Exhibition: 21 September – 6 October 2019
- Mo – Fri: 14:00 – 18:00 / Sa – Su: 11:00 – 18:00
- Louis Pasteurlaan 2, 9000 Gent, free