GREY CUBE PROJECTS

“ENTROPIC SYMBIOSIS”

 

Artists:

María Ximena De Valdenebro

María Fernanda Cardoso

 Johanna Arenas

Carolina Villegas

Andrés Layos

Juan Covelli

Hernando Velandia

Karen Aune

Rosell Meseguer

 Javier Barrios

 Alicia De La Torre

 Nicolás Cárdenas

 Juan Walker

 María Angélica Madero

 Álvaro Lacouture

 Álvaro Diego Gómez Campuzano

 Sonia Rojas

 Aníbal Gomescasseres

 Adriana Marmorek

 Juan Melo

Joel Grossman

 Juan José García

 Santiago Andrés Torres

 

The works exhibited in “Entropy Symbiosis” invite the viewer to establish connections and interpretations which precede the traditional narrative and the hermeneutical discourse of the history of art in order to enable a new form of dissertation and renew the contemplative experience.

 

Technology allows us to overcome some of the obstacles which human vision cannot categorize or understand. Technological devices help us transcend perceptual limitations; this way of manoeuvring has changed the cognitive processes and has become an alternative model to understand the dimension in which we are immersed and consequently to recognize the existence of other forms of life. Accepting the complexity of the matter will allow us to discover an extensive series of Symbiosis, both organic and synthetic.

 

While entropy discovers magnitudes between different micro and macro states, whose arrangement of elements implies a systematic balance and organization of matter, the symbiosis of knowledge is a component which enables artistic methodologies to move towards new transversal research models. Therefore, accessing sources of techno-scientific reference can not only expand our intelligence but also consciously expand our notions of how we should relate and interact with the environment.

 

In the molecular age, the matter has been reinterpreted, now we can understand it as a conglomerate of molecules of different kinds. This definition has allowed us to carry out different transformations and experiments. This method of using matter in art has been called “Molecular Aesthetics”. The application of these terms to the creative context allows us to understand matter from different territories and discourses, both the categories and the ways of describing a piece of art have changed substantially. This curatorial project exhibits a series of works which treats matter in different ways, on the one hand, we find pieces made in different media and others where the artistic procedure obeys an investigation, which references areas of knowledge other than those of the arts (geochemistry, microbiology, neurology and quantum physics).

 

With this initiative, we try to make it evident that there are different forms of life, cellular and molecular configurations. Elements that we still do not know their origin and how they work. Perceptual dimensions, which we cannot yet discern, nevertheless coexist in parallel and although we cannot determine their territory of convergence exactly, it is also not correct to ignore their existence and place in our universe. It is within this time interval that the works of art exhibited here can serve as a threshold to these strange constructions of matter.

 

This situation can be glimpsed by the viewer conducting an exploration around the artistic proposals, where he will find a wide range of modified, altered and synthetically replicated natures.

 

In conclusion “Entropic Symbiosis” invites the observer to carefully inspect the exhibition space and to consider the existence of unknown life forms because the works presented here to formulate a mutation and alteration of matter, from a molecular perspective, in order to devise how we will be able to erect an appropriate and balanced transition towards a planetary civilization.

 

Curator: John Ángel Rodríguez

 

Entropic Symbiosis

-Glossary-

 

Molecular Revolution: Concept coined by Felix Guattari, where previous as the third industrial revolution would engender a system of machinic slavery; through optimized-adaptable direct numerical control commands and self-learning systems; focused on the chemical industry, atomic energy, automation and informatics. Processes that could have allowed the accelerated replacement of working systems, however directly affected the body, limbs and organs of human beings.

 

Molecular Aesthetics: Scientists and artists explore the links between current developments in molecular science and the visual arts. Thanks to advances in molecular science and microscopy, we can visualize matter at the nano-scale, now structures not visible to the naked eye can be visualized and characterized.

 

Multidimensional thinking: It involves thinking about something in many ways and using many metrics or criteria.

 

Macro-system: In sociological terms, it can be elucidated as culture in its most complex compounds, and includes the socioeconomic status and the ethnic ecosystem. As the culture evolves and changes over time, the macro-system also swaps, thus making it unique for successive generations.

 

In a techno-scientific context, humans and machines interact with each other on a variety of scales. Interactions can involve tightly coupled interfaces at the micro-level or even be socio-technical in nature at the macro level. In terms of large complex systems, humans learn to interact with and access ecosystems from different social, political, technical, and economic settings.

Human-machine interactions at all scales depend on having metrics for evaluation and platforms on which a measurement can be made. For example, investigating the applications and use of new metrics to study human-machine interfaces and systems at the micro and macro scale is one of the tasks of nanotechnology.

Techno-scientific: It can be defined as the process of change in the structure of the practical work of scientific activity, which results in hybridization between science and technology. The technical and scientific development as a whole tends to the liquidation of the fragmented work in the production line. This transformation starts from a change in the structure and scientific activity, not scientific knowledge. The scientific theories in vogue of the early twentieth century: the theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, set theory.

 

Where there has been a radical change is in scientific activity, in the very structure of what scientists and engineers do; this situation manifests itself in research, development and innovation. In other words, it is not only about research, but it is also necessary to generate technological developments that lead to alterations in the practice of the market, the company and society.

 

Planetary Civilization type 1: On the Kardashev scale it is a civilization that can harness and store all the energy of its home planet. We have not yet reached this level, but it is believed that we will probably reach it before the 22nd century.

 

Symbiotic devices: There is a wide range of these devices; at Entropic Symbiosis we refer to the solutions that result from the sciences that execute interfaces to amplify and potentiate human behaviour, for example, sleep, education, neuro-modulation, neuro-imaging and neuro-navigation

 

Concept engineering: The core of this study is the critique and improvement of concepts, this exercise covers all areas of philosophy: theoretical, practical and historical.

 

Formal concepts are abstract and logically mathematical in character, but they play a crucial role in structuring all of our thinking and theorizing, including about the natural world. The main examples of formal concepts that we will consider are truth, object, infinity, collection (or set) and negation.

The hypothesis of concept engineering is that civilization can progress, rearranging coherent first-born concepts; this would involve carefully articulating “job descriptions” for the various successor concepts.

Essential matrix: In mathematics, it is a set of elements of any nature, in general, they are usually numbers ordered in rows and columns.

 

Matrices are used in numerical calculus, in solving systems of linear equations, differential equations, and partial derivatives. The use of matrices is now an essential part of programming languages since most data is entered into computers as tables organized in rows and columns.

 

Matrices appear naturally in geometry, statistics, economics, computer science, and physics etc.

 Cross-sectional research: Methodology emanating from the new materiality; It is a line of research developed within groups of transdisciplinary knowledge. In centres of advanced studies, transdisciplinarity connotes a research strategy that crosses limits. In such a way, that type of collaboration becomes singularly capable of getting involved with different ways of knowing the world.

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