Intersections Between Art and Science in the Anthropocene

It’s Cold Out There, Alexis Anastasiou


Intersections Between Art and Science in the Anthropocene


Editor: Laura Benítez
Authors: Laura Benítez, Rosi Braidotti, Bani Brusadin, César Escudero & Martin Nadal, Regine Rapp, Maja Smrekar, Joanna Zylinska
Edit: Quo Artis

First book published by Quo Artis is proposed as an introduction to the interactions between art, science, technology and society in the context of the Anthropocene or Capitalocene, aimed at those who have interests in the possibilities offered by these connection spaces, such as researchers, artists, scientists, curators and cultural agents.

The term “Anthropocene”, coined by environmental chemist Paul Crutzen, by analogy with Holocene (geological time scale), refers to the impact of the human being on the planet to the point of becoming a new geological stage.

Faced with this concept, a community of theoreticians and scientists believe that we cannot reduce the issue of the Anthropocene only to the presence of human species on Earth, but to the capitalist system itself, based on the over-exploration of natural resources, so they have proposed the concept of the Capitalocene. Therefore, the shared responsibility derived from the notion of the Anthropocene would seem somewhat unfair, since not all human populations have generated the same impact. In fact, in relation to this last issue, there are those who affirm that, in reality, the term we should use is Oliganthropocene, remarking that the responsibility is concentrated on the major economic powers and their policies on the exploitation of natural resources.

In this sense, the proposal consists of a book that serves as a contemporary cartography, taking the following questions as motion vectors: What do artistic practices offer when approaching different areas of science? What kind of projects are produced through multidisciplinary teams? What ethical challenges may arise from these interactions? What is expected when working with technologies? Is it possible to work on alternatives in regards to the situation of the ecological debacle? What are the challenges we face as humans? How do the interactions between art, science and technology affect lifestyles?

Laura Benítez

About the Editor

Laura Benitez 

She has a PhD in Philosophy and is an independent research, whose practice connects philosophy, art(s) and techno-sciences. Her current research focuses on bioart, biohacking, bio-resistance processes, civil bio-disobedience and non-human agents. She is a Professor of Critical and Cultural Studies at La Massana Center for Art and Design, and an external professor of Technology at Elisava University, School of Design and Engineering in Barcelona. She has worked as a coordinator at the Institute of Humanities of Barcelona / CCCB. She has been a guest researcher at the Ars Electronica Center and a researcher at the MACBA Study Center. She has been invited as a professor and researcher at various international institutions, such as Interface Cultures Kunstuniersität, Sónar Festival (Barcelona / Hong Kong), the Royal Academy of Arts London and the University of Puerto Rico. Currently, she is involved in different research projects, as an academic and a freelancer, and is a regular collaborator at Hangar.


About the Authors

Rosi Braidotti

Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Humanities Center at the University of Utrecht. PhD in Philosophy at the Sorbonne (Paris). Professor at the University of Utrecht.

Bani Brusadin

PhD in Advanced Studies in Artistic Production (University of Barcelona). Associate professor at the University of Barcelona and the BAU University Design Center. Co-Director of The Influencers festival.

César Escudero

Artist and researcher focused on human interaction – computers, the critique of interfaces, digital culture and its social and political effects. Since 2011 he has been doing research in the Interface Culture LAB of Kunstuniversität Linz.

Martin Nadal

Artist/creative coder based in Linz and studying the Interface Cultures program at KunstUni. In the past years he has collaborated in a variety of projects and taught some workshops related to art and technology.

Regine Rapp

She is an art historian, curator and co-director of the Art Laboratory Berlin. As an associate researcher at Burg Giebichenstein Kunstochschule Halle, she taught art history.

Maja Smrekar

Graduated from the Department of Sculpture of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design of Ljubljana, she obtained her masters in the Department of Video and New Media in the same academy.

Joanna Zylinska

Writer, lecturer, artist and curator. Professor of New Media and Communications, and Co-Head of the Department of Media and Communications, at Goldsmiths (University of London).