How are popular science films, cybernetics and digital media related? The online multimedia project Well-trodden Connections, one of the events of the DOCU/SYNTHESIS Interdisciplinary Programme, is built on the dialogue between modern digital media with the popular science films from the Kyivnauk film studio, and theories of cybernetics.
The exhibition’s name Well-trodden Connectionsis a phrase from MykolaAmosov’s popular science work, in which he analyses how the human brain works and describes the mechanisms of thinking and cognition. What we describe as a process of ‘understanding’ is based on the fact that neurons form stable connections with each other. Using the knowledge available at that time, Amosov is trying to predict what artificial intelligence will be like.
How do art, science, and technology interact? What are the media of expressiveness in contemporary art, and why is cinema also a medium? What digital media do contemporary artists work in? Why should a work of art comprehend both itself and its own means of expression? Is there cyber-art, and how is it related to popular science cinema? We will talk about all of these issues during the discussion.