GALAPAGOS ART AND SCIENCE JOURNEY
Artists and scientists tackling the climate emergency
16 – 27 September 2020
In a global world, territorial limits are fading away. A journey is a central element in any investigation, and today maybe even more, although the reasons seem to be multiple. In our world, the global world, we must take actions to reverse the damage done, we must take care of the environment and stop competing with nature, since we are in fact a part of it. Galapagos Art & Science Journey is an expedition inspired by the relevance of these islands, as they as they are pioneers in policy implementation of sustainable development and environmental protection.
Organized by the Quo Artis foundation- and with the support of the Royal Academy of European Doctors RAED- this expedition invites a group of artists that tackle issues related with the environmental crisis: ranging from acoustic pollution to waste residue, from imaginary botanical atlases to underwater contamination. Galapagos Art & Science Journey creates a laboratory of ideas where artists and scientists can reflect upon the future of humanity and non-human species, through artistic projects and a cycle of debates. Through this interdisciplinary journey, we become explorers of the future.
Galapagos Art & Science Journey received UNESCO’s patronage, to be considered an initiative that seeks to promote international cooperation and explore solutions for today’s economic, social and environmental challenges to achieve a sustainable future and, as such, it aligns with the mission of UNESCO.
Phd in humanities Universidad Pompeu i Fabra (Barcelona) and directs the Master in Literary Creation of the same institution. He has lived in Buenos Aires, Rosario and Chicago. He has published in various newspapers such as El País, La Vanguardia and Letras Libres. Carrión is the author of a fiction tetralogy (which includes Los muertos, Los huérfanos, Los turistas and Los difuntos) as well as the author of several non-fiction books such as Australia. Un viaje, Teleshakespeare and Librerías. He was the curator of the exhibition Las variaciones Sebald, in the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB). His work has been translated into Chinese, Portuguese, Italian, German, French, Polish and English
He is a renowned conceptual photographer, as well as a writer, editor, curator and professor, who has played an important role in the consecration of Spanish photography internationally. He was one of the founders of the magazine Photovision, originally launched in 1980, and which became an outstanding publication in the field of European photography. Since 1993 he is a professor of communication in Universidad Pompeu i Fabra (Barcelona). His work has been exhibited in the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg; The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the la Maison Européen de la Photographie, Paris, amongst others. In 1994 he was appointed Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture. In 2013, he won the prestigious Hasselblad Photography Prize and in 2016 he received the Ciutat de Barcelona Prize for his contribution to “the theoretical reflection on the role of images in contemporary culture”.
Muniz develops social projects that use artistic creation as a force for change. He participates in educational and social projects in Brazil and the United States. His documentary Waste Land (2010) was nominated for an Oscar and won the Sundance Audience Award for Best Film. In 2011, UNESCO nominated him as a Goodwill Ambassador and in 2013 he received the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum. In 2014, Muniz began building Escola Vidigal, an art and technology school for low-income children in Rio de Janeiro. In 2017, Muniz was the creative director of the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016. Muniz’s works are included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the J.Paul Getty Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Museum Of Modern Art of São Paulo and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, amongst others. Muniz has been a guest speaker in Harvard, Yale, TED Talks, World Economic Forum, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, amongst others, visiting professor in the University of Oxford and Bard College and Residency, programs in MIT and Scowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
She focuses her research on the cultural, (bio) political and ecological realities of aquatic ecosystems, using this as a starting point to investigate and address philosophical questions about the intersection of art, science and technology. Šebjanič’s work has been awarded in 2016 with the honourable mention of interactive art @Prix Ars Electronica and in the same year she was nominated for the STARTS2016 award, as well as the White Aphroid award. During 2017 Šebjanič was an artist of the SHAPE 2017 platform and was also selected in the TOP 5 project of The Universal Sea platform. She has done residencies at Ars Electronica EMARE / EMAP (2018); Ariel / Sparks of Galway (2019). Šebjanič has participated in both individual and collective exhibitions, as well as in galleries and festivals such as: Ars Electronica, Linz; Kosmica Festival: Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City; Arts Santa Mónica, Barcelona; Matadero, Madrid; La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris; Le Cube, Paris; Art Laboratory Berlin; Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe; FACT, Liverpool; Mladi Levi, Ljublijana; Duch Design Week, Eindhoven; EYE Museum, Amsterdam; amongst others.
She is a Phd, Artist and Professor at the UCLA Department of Design Media Arts and Director of the Art|Sci Center at the School of the Arts and California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). Although she was trained early on as a painter (Faculty of Fine arts, University of Belgrade, 1984), her curious mind took her on an exploratory path that resulted in work can be defined as experimental creative research residing between disciplines and technologies. With her collaborative art projects, she investigates how communication technologies affect collective behavior and perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation (PhD, University of Wales, 2000). Her work involves long-term collaborations with composers, nano-scientists, neuroscientists, evolutionary biologists and she brings this experience to her students. Victoria has exhibited her work in 30+ solo exhibitions, 80+ group shows, was published in 20+ papers, multiple book chapters and gave 100+ invited talks in the last decade. She is the North American editor of AI & Society journal (Springer Verlag, UK) and in 2007 published an edited volume – Database Aesthetics: Art in the Age of Information Overflow (Minnesota Press) and another in 2011 — Context Providers: Conditions of Meaning in Media Arts. (co-edited with Christiane Paul and Margot Lovejoy) Intellect Ltd, 2011. Currently she is working on a series of artist books including the Hox Zodiac “cookbook”.
Quo Artis co-organizes this project with the Royal Academy of European Doctors (RAED), who invites 5 personalities to take part in the expedition and contribute to a rich exchange of knowledge. Rosalía Artega (Social activist, writer and first female president of Ecuador – 1997), Barry Barish (Experimental Physicist, Nobel Physics Prize – 2017), Gérard Mourou (Physicist, Nobel Physics Prize – 2018) and Richard Schrock (Chemical, Nobel Chemistry Prize – 2005) will join us in this extraordinary expedition.
The trip, which will be carried out on board of Endeavour II – a National Geographic ship with energy-efficient lighting- will have a printed publication by RAED, as well as a digital and printed publication by Quo Artis.