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Recorded conversation 04 April, 19:00

Heart, brain and other devices

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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.

Participants

Tetyana Kochubynska

Tetyana Kochubynska

art critic, researcher, independent curator and author

Her main expertise is Ukrainian contemporary art. In 2016–2019 she curated the Research Platform ofthe PinchukArtCentre. In her curatorial practice, Tetyana deals with questions of responsibilities, memory, and trauma. This is reflected in a series of exhibitions such as Guilt(2016), and Motherland on Fire(2017). She curated the PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2015 and 2018 and co-curated the the FGAP@Venice as a collateral event of the 58th Venice Biennale

SVITER Art Group

SVITER Art Group

duo of Lera Polianskova and Max Robotov

The artists mainly work with new media, sound, video and digital art. Lera and Max are co-founders of Photinus Studio and the Shukhliada exhibition space. Since 2015, they have been participatingin an interdisciplinary cultural organisation "The Institution of Unstable Thoughts". They participated in the Ukrainian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, the Transmediale Vorspiel2018 (Berlin), and the Digital Cultures Festival forum 2019 (Warsaw)

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Event of the DOCU/SYNTHESIS

Interdisciplinary programme rethinks the capacities of documentary filmmaking and the gallery space. The programme will include screening of amateur animation by Anatoliy Surma, 3D exhibition of photography by Oleksandr Chekmeniov and a joint project by media artists from Photinus Studio, SVITER Art Group and Ivan Svitlychnyi. Each of events will be accompanied by an Artist Talks discussion.