Crossbreeding Sensibilities

Another fascinating stream at Mutamorphosis was Crossbreeding Sensibilities moderated by Franco Torriani What are the hopes and fears of becoming a hybrid in a de-modern scenario? How to understand neo-biological civilization and its anxieties? Can artists and creative practitioners substantially contribute, by cross researches and productions, to the treatment of major […]

Diversity and Controversy

One of The most interesting aspects of Mutamorphosis is both its disciplinary and thematic diversity. gathered under the same thematic umbrella, artists, scientists and theorists engage in inspiring conversations ranging from the internet of things to the networks of power (Phillips), deal with the full spectrum of living and semi-living […]

Beyond Uncertainty ?

Being an attractor myself, I had a special investment in learning how artists and scientists understood and dealt with uncertainty. Upon meeting the artists and academics  in my stream Beyond Uncertainty we agreed that despite the title of the conference, nobody had attempted to define uncertainty yet. after one day […]

liminal lives or …the paradoxes of uncertainty

Everything preceding and during the conference highlighted an overall difficulty to deal with anything unexpected or unpredictable, starting from the fact that the program was only released a few weeks before the event. this caused some people to become impatients: this conference about uncertainty was indeed, very uncertain. I found […]

human/animals and memory of animals

From the behavioral science of dancers, Rachel Mayeri directed our attention to primatology and, well, how our anthropocentric identification with primates can lay bare and ridicule our social habits.Her Primate Cinema  was hilarious and somehow sad to watch, as the split screen– one side showing scenes of animal sociality and […]

EXPERIMENTS: logic and emotion (and the misuse of “intuition”)

Last night we attended a dance performance of EXPERIMENTS, where Logic and Emotion Collide, a collaboration between dancers and  animal behavior scientists and ecologists. the piece is the product of a collaboration initiated in 2007 by dance choreographer Gail Lotenberg who approached Mark Winston, professor of biological science at Simon […]

Critical perspectives on the politics of cosmetics

Back to the general themes of this festival, I am reminded of Fernanda D’Agostino’s claim that exploring science with art may uncover the unseen. I would add that the unseen can consist of many disparate things: from Butler’s revelation on its more personal and visceral senses, we quickly discover that […]

seeing the invisible as art practice

Seeing the invisible and making the invisible visible is what Fernanda D’Agostino seeks in her art practice. Her collaborations with Biomechanist Dr. Bret Tobalske and cinematographer Harry Dawson, Environmental Studies Professor John Reuter, and, more recently, with choreographers and programmers, revolve around revealing elements that we normally don’t see (but we can […]