E.A.T. – Experiments in Art and Technology

 

In 2019 ICIA launched E.A.T. – Experiments in Art and Technology. The E.A.T. hub aims at exploring the most cutting-edge technologies of today and to develop connections, relations and experimentations between artists and specialists within the field of technology.

 

Through exhibitions and projects E.A.T.  elaborates translations of artistic and creative visions into new digital mediums and re-creates digital technology into new artistic practices. The E.A.T. evening programme seeks to deepen the understanding of the digital age, the impact it has on society today and its future potentials through the lenses of critical theory and contemporary art.

 

E.A.T. borrows its name from the Experiments in Art and Technology movement founded by the engineer Billy Klüver in the 1960s. Klüver was trained as an engineer at KTH in Stockholm and Berkeley California and held a position at Bell Laboratories in the 50s. Together with his friend Pontus Hultén, Klüver came in contact with some of the most prominent artists at the time, Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Withman to name a few. Together they started to explore and to experiment with art and technological innovations. Billy Klüver claimed that the systems built from technology have the capacity to create pretty much any kind of change. In retrospect Klüver was right – the digital revolution from the 60s and onwards has drastically changed society to the extent to which it is hard to imagine a world without it.

 

The inter-connectivity and interactivity of the internet, as well as the fight between corporate interests, governmental interests, and public interests that gave birth to the web today, fascinate and inspire a lot of contemporary artists.

 

Studio Alight collective constitutes a core within the E.A.T hub. The studio consists of artist and software engineer Christofer Kanljung, artist and designer Samantha Hookway and connectivity artist and engineer Fredrik Garneij. The trio first began collaborating while working at Ericsson, where they used an artistic practice to reframe habitual patterns. Being restricted by the rigid structures of the corporate environment they sought new ways to pursue their collaboration, hence, they founded Studio Alight and became long-term artists in residence at the ICIA. As a studio, they are curiously obsessed with the potentials that inform and misinform our society and together they immerse themselves in a practice of combining the arts with technological explorations. Studio Alight opened the solo show Rob Law at ICIA art space at the end of August.

 

Rob Law is the first part of the exhibition series Power and Manipulations in digital capitalism.The second part, Manipulations, opens at the beginning of 2020 and investigates the potentials, manipulations, use, and abuse of technological innovations such as Artificial Intelligence, algorithms, and machine learning through contemporary art, design, and architecture.

 

The emergence of 3D animation and VR have introduced new possibilities to joining the virtual and the physical worlds. The rise of this technology has allowed artists to blend the immersive environments with the surreal or obscure. Artist and 3D-animator Lena Trapp focuses on the unreachable spaces, the in-between dreams, and reality. Together with the renowned composer and musician Christoffer Berg- amongst other things composer of the soundtrack to the surreal film Gräns (2018) – a collaborative experimentation was exhibited at ICIA March 29 – April 13, 2019. This was the starting point for future collaborations between Trapp&Berg and Teenage engineering, the designing company behind  OP–Z – the first stand-alone 16 track sequencer that allows synchronised live composition of music, visuals, lights.

 

QTECH is our main partner and involved in most of our productions. ICIA always seek new collaborators in the field of new media and technology. Please contact us if you are interested in developing E.A.T. and co-creating an exciting new art institution.