Materia prima Interview with Gerfried Stocker
Gerfried Stocker, Artistic Director of Ars Electronica (Linz), curator of the exhibition 'Materia prima'
Materia prima Interview with Nelo Akamatsu. Materia prima
Nelo Akamatsu japanese artist introduces us to his work 'Chijikinkutsu' included in geoLAB of the exhibition 'Materia prima'
Materia prima Interview with Andy Gracie. Materia prima
Andy Gracie british artist introduces us to his work 'Drosophila titanus' included in bioLAB of the exhibition 'Materia prima'
Materia prima Interview with Yasuaki Kakehi. Materia prima
Yasuaki Kakehi japanese artist introduces us to his work 'Lapillus Bug' included in geoLAB of the exhibition 'Materia prima'
Materia prima Activities programme: Materia prima
Activities programme around art and science in context of the European Digital Art and Science (EDASN)
Art & Science La silla 4. Photo: Claudia Schnugg
Materia prima Lorena Lozano
Artist and researcher. Born in Gijon, 1975
Materia prima Verónica García Ardura
Was born in Gijón in 1976
Materia prima Patricia Piccinini
(Freetown, Sierra Leona, 1965)
Photo: Alli Aughtred
Materia prima Agnes Meyer-Brandis
(1973, Aachen, Germany)
Materia prima María Castellanos
Born in Gijón 1985. Lives and works in Pontevedra
Materia prima María Edwards
(Santiago, Chile, 1982)
Materia prima Biopresence, 2003
Courtesy of the artists
Materia prima IKRAUSIM, 2009-2010
Courtesy of the artist
Materia prima The Listener, 2012
Courtesy of the artist
Materia prima Fifty Sisters, 2012
Courtesy of the artist
Materia prima
Experiments on digital art & science

Materia prima

Experiments on digital art & science

Venue: LABoral Centro de Arte

In our present time which is so essentially dominated by technology in which science has taken over the leading role in culture and in many cases replaced religion, the growing attention for the collaboration or even more synthesis of art and science seems to be just logical and to many it appears to be the avantgarde of our time. But of course art and science have always had a very close relationship and many would say that in the beginning they were not separated at all and they still originate in the same human desires. Humans will always make art and always do science and this is probably one of the most defining characteristics of our species.

It will always remain an open question if innovations in science as well as in art are a driving force for or rather a result of cultural and societal transformations but it is clear that they always go hand in hand. And in times of crisis, in times of many open questions and few answers the attention grows for new sources of inspiration for new coalitions and new paradigms. And this is especially true for the times we are living in right now in which the challenges are bigger than the expertise of each single group of experts. Art and science have always been very close to each other but now the important point is how can we benefit from the very special field of energy that emerges from this relationship.

Materia prima is not just an exhibition, at least not an ordinary exhibition, it is an experiment on its own, an attempt to create access, to cut some trails into the wide spread territory of the overlapping areas of art and science. But most of all it aims for a new level of involvement and participation of the visitors.

Materia prima presents outstanding work at the nexus of art and science but it is also a showcase for the notoriously curious and as such the whole exhibition space serves as an inspiring laboratory environment which in a literal way has a set of visitor labs as its central core. This hybrid form of presentation is a clear commitment to the didactic and inspirational potential of art and science and an expression of our wholehearted believe in the impact that art and science can unfold beyond their own territories and in the power and creative energy which can be derived from the collaboration of art and science.


Nelo Akamatsu
ARTSAT: Art and Satellite Project
María Castellanos / Alberto Valverde
Teresa Dillon / Naomi Griffin-Murtagh / Claire Dempsey / Aisling McCrudden
María Edwards
Nick Ervinck
Shiho Fukuhara / Georg Tremmel
Matthew Gardiner
Andy Gracie
Cornelia Hesse-Honegger
Jon McCormack
Agnes Meyer-Brandis
Kono Michinari / Takayuki Hoshi / Yasuaki Kakehi
Patricia Piccinini
Rüdiger Trojok

Curator: Gerfried Stocker, Director Artístico de Ars Electronica

Spatial Design: Fandango & Co.
Graphic Design: Pasajero 37

Video presentation of the exhibition [+]

Interview with Gerfried Stocker [+]

  • Opening at 8 p.m. Live performance by DJ Enrique And David Moreira (Promodiscopy)



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