Dear Spectrites, You have read all the magazines you bought at the airport, you have visited all the exhibitions at Documenta, Munster, Venice (or wherever-you-are), you have posted all those nice pictures of cute animals, seas, lakes, mountains, cities, food, artworks on social network, you have done none of the above?
Well, it doesn't matter really, here something great to do: reading the articles by the artists of the *FEAT/Future Emerging Art and Technology* project that have just been accepted for publication in the journal *Leonardo.* And to make it better, the two conclusive articles of the *Trust Me, I'm An Artist *project. Enjoy! Best Annick *Articles by the artists and organisers of the FEAT project* http://olats.org/feat/articles.php ** Erich Prem*, "Truth Emerging From Leading-Edge Art/Science/Technology Interaction" The FEAT initiative organized and studied residencies of leading international artists in European Future and Emerging Technology projects. During the residencies, the artists closely collaborated with engineers and scientists on fundamental research in visionary areas of novel technologies not solely as an artistic endeavor, but also to investigate effects of artistic engagement on technoscience. Effects of the collaboration are visible on many levels including fundamental questions about the technoscientific project objectives, ethical aspects, and the aesthetics of scientific experiments. Interactions also resulted in long-term relations and opportunities for scientists to engage with artists in ashared effort to uncover truth. ** Anna Dumitriu, *"Make Do and Mend: Exploring Gene Regulation and CRISPR Through a FEAT (Future Emerging Art and Technology) Residency With the MRG-Grammar Project" This article documents the artistic research the author undertook for her FEAT (Future Emerging Art and Technology) residency. It describes her collaboration with the MRG-Grammar consortium and the creation of an artwork that involved editing the genome of a bacterium using CRISPR to reflect on issues related to antimicrobial resistance, bio-hacking and control. The article explores the author’s methodology and describes the benefits of longterm embedded residencies to create artworks that are deeply engaged with emerging technologies with a view to enable the public to access the concepts and implications of cutting edge technologies and scientific research, through an artistic lens. ** Spela Petric & Miha Tursic,* "Becoming. A(Thing): An Artists' Perspective on High Performance Computing" The article summarizes the process and outcome of the Future Emerging Art and Technology residency during which new media artists Špela Petrič and Miha Turšič undertook the challenge of understanding and manifesting the artistic potential of high-performance computing (HPC). As a result of the collaboration with FET-HPC the artists developed a concept liberated from the complex computational technicity to underscore the (un)intentional construction of meaning by algorithmic agencies. The performance presents a congress of actors sensing, interrogating and interrupting each other, thereby producing an excess of relation, interpretation and translation. The heterogeneous congress performs an expulsion of imposed (anthropogenic) meaning, substituted by authentic, autogenic sense and non-sense. * Vicky Isley and Paul Smith (Boredomresearch), "Simulated Despondency for Robots in Distress" It is widely accepted that increased human interaction with natural systems is responsible for complex environmental issues, with most current thinking, centered on the provision of advanced technological solutions. One response emerging from current bio-inspired robotics research, proposes artificial neural networks (ANN) enhanced with the incorporation of artificial hormones for increased performance and efficiency. Here the authors discuss their artistic project concept, developed in collaboration with a bio-inspired artificial life lab, considering the affordance of emotional robotics to develop despondency in the field. ** Evelina Domnitch, Dmitry Gelfand, Tommaso Calarco, "*Trapping the Objectless" Through the epistemological lenses of quantum theory and phenomenological art, the authors describe their collaborative development of several artworks exploring electrodynamic levitation. Comprising diverse ion traps that enable naked-eye observation of charged matter interactions, these artworks question the murky boundaries of perceptibility and objectification. ** Kerstin Ergenzinger, Thorsten Schumm, Simon Stellmer, "*Nubis et Nuclei: A Study On Noise and Precision" This study sets out to explore the perception of noise, as well as the relation towards meaning or information that it might contain, in arts, science and daily life. It is realized as an installation based on a suspended cloud of nitinol drums that create a sonic environment evolving in time and space. The instruments are driven by digital random noise. Roaming freely and listening, visitors become part of an ecology of noise. Exploring the differing regions in time and space, what appears to be noise can shift to a “meaningful” signal. This process of discovering a clear signal in a noisy background holds strong analogies to the scientific search for a nuclear resonance performed in the “nuClock” project. FEAT is a project Co-funded by the European Union Project website : http://featart.eu/ *Conclusive articles of the Trust Me, I'm An Artist project* http://olats.org/trustme/articles.php - "Trust Me, I'm An Artist": Building Opportunities for Art & Science Collaboration Through An Understanding of Ethics, by *Anna Dumitriu* This article explores how learning from the Creative Europe funded "Trust Me, I'm an Artist" Project, and from the author's experiences as project lead artist and as a freelance artist working deeply embedded in laboratory settings around the world, can help build capacity and opportunities for artists and scientists to work together in interdisciplinary and transdiciplinary collaborations that address the societal and cultural implications of emerging bioscientific and biomedical research areas, attitudes to patient care and public engagement in contemporary scientific research. Ethical issues frequently arise in the production and exhibition of BioArt both as a subject matter and an issue in itself. - What's Art Got to Do With It? Reflecting on Bioart and Ethics from the Experience of the "Trust Me, I'm An Artist Project", by *Annick Bureaud* Bioart and biomedical art is a blossoming field with a whole new generation of artists, the DIYbio movement enabling more people to get involved, and discoveries in bioscience bringing in new challenges. Supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, "Trust Me, I'm an Artist" is a project initiated by artist Anna Dumitriu and ethicist Bobbie Farsides to provide a platform for discussing bioart and ethics, for sharing knowledge and building capacity. This article reflects upon my journey through the different art projects and how foregrounding ethics challenged my usual art critic approach. *The *Trust Me, I'm an Artist* project is supported by funding from the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.* -- ------------------------ Annick Bureaud (abure...@gmail.com) http://www.annickbureaud.net mobile/cell : 33/(0)6 86 77 65 76 Leonardo/Olats : http://www.olats.org -------------------------
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