LAZNIA 1 2016 - Die, and become! Art and Science as Conjectured Possible
Jaskółcza 1 Str. Gdansk - DOLNE MIASTO
25.11.2016 – 29.01.2017
Opening: 25.11.2016 (Friday), 6 p.m.
Opening performance: 25.11.2016 (Friday), 7 p.m.
Panel discussion with artists and curator of the exhibition: 26.11.2016 (Saturday), 1.00 - 8.00  pm
Artists in exhibition: James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau, Dmitry ::vtol:: Morozov, Louise-Philippe Demers, Where Dogs Run: Olga Inozemtseva, Natalia Grekhova and Alexey Korzukhin, Thomas Feuerstein, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Pedro Lopes, Verena Friedrich
Curator: Dmitry Bulatov
Coordination: Jolanta Woszczenko
Modern science’s attempts both to understand and overcome a whole series of laws of nature make us remember Goethe’s famous maxim, “Stirb und Werde” – die and be renewed, cease and become. Or, to put that in layman’s terms, it assumes an effort to acquire a “postbiological personology” (that is, a phenomenologically deep interpenetration of the living and the non-living, the artificial and the natural, etc.). As we know, the desire to reach it is part of all modern culture. But if this is the case, then science, as a means of making inquiries into and drawing universal conclusions about our world, apparently, pertains not only to mankind, but to the entire sphere of mankind’s prospective becoming. In that situation the spread of next-generation technologies that embody the inevitability of postbiological types of transformation create enormous possibilities for manipulating this space. The boundaries between the biological and a-biological are disappearing, a multitude of identities are being created, and our bodies are acquiring the characteristics of a constantly drifting hybrid. Emerging are new limitations on human freedom and, correspondingly, the necessity for its reevaluation. Standard traditional discourse regarding that which we perceive and what stands behind these perceptions, the relationship of consciousness to the world around us, is becoming more polemicized because the emergence of new technologies creates possibilities to construct this world on a physical level.

On Satruday, the day after the exhibition opening there will be panel discussion with curator, artists and invited guests: PANEL DISCUSSION PROGRAME
photo: Heather Dewey-Hagborg (US), Stranger Visions, 2012-13
Modern science and the world that has come into being with its help – this is the challenge for technological art. It is apparent that the current perspectives for human existence are in many respects connected with the question of what role art and philosophy are capable of playing in the conceptualization of the created technological world and axiological orienting in this world. Each time we contemplate the latest work of art, we inevitably must ask ourselves a question about its ontological qualities in relation to the nature of the technological. Does the given concrete work of art contribute to technologically approving conditional subordination and manipulation, or does it at first affirm the version of dehumanizing reality that is unfolding before our eyes, and then subtly abolish this law, offering the viewer a more complex permutation of rules? Such a practice bears witness to the abilities of the artist – and, in the end, the viewer himself – not simply to endow technological space with cognitive or aesthetic content, but, above all, with existential one. In this manner, by demonstrating the logic of the creation of new technological forms and new identities, art articulates the primary task of the individual living in the age of new technologies: the construction of a living future (that is, a future that endows us with freedom), and not a dead, mechanized future that is being built without our participation.
Participants of the educational programme: Pier Luigi Capucci (Fine Arts Academy of Urbino, Italy), Jens Hauser (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), Dmitry Galkin (Tomsk State University, Russia), Robert Mitchell (Duke University, USA), Chris Salter Concordia University, Canada)
photo: J. Auger and J. Loizeau, Cuckoo
Dmitry ::vtol:: Morozov (Russia). UNTIL I DIE
DIY sound object performance, 2016
This artwork is based on two concepts that complement each other. The first is the personal story of the author, who after several years of fruitful and exhausting work on hybrid technological projects decided to create an object which demanded sacrificing part of the body, or rather, the most important liquid of the body – blood, which represents life. Thus, the author is undertaking an attempt to produce his clone, which continues to create musical compositions independently of the author. The second concept is addressing the philosophy of Russian cosmism, where one of the main ideas was eternal life, which one can achieve through various means, including blood transfusions.

The exhibition is funded by The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Municipal Institution of Culture