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Named after a phrase written in the article The Life of Plants: A Metaphysics of Mixture by Emanuele Coccia, Reason is a flower explores the relationship between art and science. This series of short interviews, part of the Thoughts On collection, presents the perspectives of six artists who relate art and science in their work, exploring environmental, socio-political issues, and the impact of their practices.
In our increasingly digitized, technology driven world, next to scientists and programmers, it is artists, who create alternative visions for a more sustainable and just society. Collaboration between these communities helps us to reflect on the impact of new technologies on society.
Reason is a flower: Thoughts On Art and Science features Catarina Braga, Miguel Teodoro, Diana Policarpo, Marta de Menezes, the group Entangled Others composed of Sofia Crespo and Feileacan McCormick, and Uriel Orlow.
Interdisciplinary artist Catarina Braga investigates, in her artistic practice, how technological mediation shapes our relationship with nature, addressing processes of both cultivation and image making. Catarina Braga explores the role that images play in the interactions between the cultural and the natural world. Her work is characterised by the multiplicity and the crossing of several media such as installation, video, photography, text, publication, ceramics; oftentimes exploring how these objects transit between the digital online space and the physical space.
Artist Miguel Teodoro develops an artistic practice that intersects several subjects and disciplines, centering his thought in the relationship between body, territory and material culture. Miguel Teodoro holds a bachelor degree in Fine Arts by the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto (2019) and also studied at Akademie der Bildenden Künste em Viena (2018/19). He participates frequently in collective shows and collective projects, publications, artistic residencies and research projects in Cape Verde and Brazil. Miguel Teodoro is co-author of Mnemonic Studio and member of Coletivo Lab.25.
Entangled Others is an artistic project founded by Sofia Crespo and Feileacan McCormick. Sofia Crespo, fascinated by the connections and disconnections between humans and technology, works to understand the ways that organic life uses artificial mechanisms to simulate itself and evolve. Feileacan McCormick is a generative artist, researcher and a former architect. His practice focuses on ecology, nature and generative arts, with a focus on giving non-human new forms of presence and life in the digital space. Entangled Others manifesto defines entanglement as a complex state where no single entity can be said to be separate or unaffected, by any other present entangled. “Becoming entangled others studio is about moving further into an entanglement with the more-than-human world of us & others. A world where diversity and inter-connectedness are nurtured and engaged.” — they say.
MARTA DE MENEZES
Portuguese artist Marta de Menezes has worked in the intersection of art and biology since the late 90s, in the UK, Australia, the Netherlands, and Portugal, exploring the conceptual and aesthetic opportunities offered by biological sciences for visual representation in the arts. De Menezes is director of Cultivamos Cultura, the leading institution devoted to experimental art in Portugal and Ectopia, dedicated to facilitating the collaborative work between artists and scientists.
Diana Policarpo is a visual artist and composer working in visual and musical media including drawing, video, sculpture, text, performance, and multi-channel sound installation. Policarpo investigates gender politics, economic structures, health, and interspecies relations through speculative transdisciplinary research. She creates performances and installations to examine experiences of vulnerability and empowerment associated with acts of exposing oneself to the capitalist world.
Uriel Orlow’s practice is research-driven, process-oriented and often in dialogue with other disciplines and people. Projects engage with residues of colonialism, spatial manifestations of memory, social and ecological justice, blind spots of representation and plants as political actors. His multi-media installations focus on specific locations, micro-histories and forms of haunting. Working across installation, photography, film, drawing, sound and gardens, his works bring different image-regimes and narrative modes into correspondence.
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