This Winners Session showcases the Top 10 breakthroughs in the Science in the Arts category. Through the use of technology, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep fakes, the avant-garde artists presented tackle social issues and demonstrate the boundless opportunities, risks, and ethical implications of scientific advances. At the intersection of art and science, viewers are introduced to the role that the human voice plays as a tool for connection to technology and the world, how our relationship with nature and its ecosystems challenges our understanding of waste, how the patriarchy can be disrupted through the use of ‘female’ semen, and what it means to be poor across all six continents. Jury Member Norbert Palz reflects: “We are looking at a very intimate relationship between art and science, where art relies to some extent on scientific research and feeds back knowledge in a reciprocal manner. (…) What I perceive as part of an avant-garde approach is this very trans-disciplinary practice, which is then released into different forms of artistic expressions: be it sculptures, films, interactive devices or immersive environments.”
We are delighted to announce the ten winners in the category Science in the Arts:
REFIK ANADOL – UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES (UCLA)
Breaking The Wall To Immersive AI Art
Refik Anadol’s groundbreaking audio-visual art turns Kraftwerk Berlin into an ecosystem of synesthetic interactions by utilizing a cutting-edge deep learning algorithm.
NORA AL-BADRI – ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL)
Breaking the Wall to Ancestral Sculptures
Nora Al-Badri’s unique work joining art, AI, and cultural heritage uses advanced technology to generate new synthetic Babylonian objects based on ancestral ones, taking back and re-possessing cultural datasets from colonial Western museum collections.
STEFEN CHOW & HUIYI LIN
Breaking The Wall Of Poverty Line
Stefen Chow & Huiyi Lin’s ‘Poverty Line’ visually documents different standards and quality of life around the world, highlighting how economy regulates life.
Breaking The Wall Between Art and Research
Sougwen Chung’s work explores the mark-made-by-hand and the mark-made-by-machine as an approach to understanding the dynamics of humans and systems.
BRANDON CLIFFORD – MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Breaking The Wall of Contemporary Thought
Brandon Clifford identifies contemporary blind-spots by mining ancient knowledge that holds resonance with topics of today and holds possible solutions to our most pressing problems.
ALEXANDRA DAISY GINSBERG – STUDIO ALEXANDRA DAISY GINSBERG
Breaking the Wall to Machine Auguries
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg examines our fraught relationships with nature and technology by using emerging technologies in dialogue with scientists and experts.
CHARLOTTE JARVIS – ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART
Breaking The Wall To Female Semen
Charlotte Jarvis uses art and science to disrupt patriarchy by making semen from “female” cells, and aims to rewrite a cultural narrative in which semen has been revered as magical substance.
Breaking The Wall between Ethics, Durability, Ecology and Nature
Olga Kisseleva approaches her work as a scientist, exploring the hypotheses that plants can communicate amongst themselves.
ANDREA LING – GINKGO BIOWORKS
Breaking The Wall To Decay By Design
Andrea Ling’s work revolves around designing responsive skins informed by material ecology-centered design research.
HARRY YEFF (REEPS ONE) – R100 STUDIOS
Breaking The Wall between the Human Voice and Technology
Harry Yeff (Reeps One) works at the intersection of voice, technology and performance and highlights the fundamental role of human voice: not only as a tool for communication, but also for our connection with technology and the world.