INTERNATIONAL OPEN CALL
Digital’06: Bio/Med SciART
International Competition & Exhibition of Digital Prints
to be held at the New York Hall of Science
September 30, 2006 - January 15, 2007
Organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI)
News Flash: “Nanotechnologists have made alcohol- and hydrogen-powered
artificial muscles that are 100 times stronger than natural muscles,
able to do 100 times greater work per cycle and produce, at reduced
strengths, larger contractions than natural muscles. Among other
possibilities, these muscles could enable fuel-powered artificial limbs,
“smart skins” and morphing structures for air and marine vehicles,
autonomous robots having very long mission capabilities and smart
sensors that detect and self-actuate to change the environment.”
-University of Texas/Dallas, March 16, 2006
Wrapping my head around the bio-science press release above makes my
imagination spin and I share it for your delight!
-Cynthia Pannucci, ASCI Director
Art & Science Collaborations is pleased to announce its 8th annual,
international digital print competition/exhibition. The exhibition,
Bio/Med SciART, will be held at the New York Hall of Science from
September 30, 2006 - January 15, 2007. The aim of this exhibition is to
explore how the health, medical, biosciences [including biology in
general and also neuroscience] and biotechnologies are influencing the
content of contemporary art via digital prints.
Most often, topics such as bio-warfare, bird flu, designer babies and
cloning grab mainstream media attention. However, for many, the thrill
is in learning about the amazing medical science/ technology
breakthroughs occurring in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and
cures of illnesses. Today, more and more artists are mining these fields
for information, inspiration, and even new venues for their art.
Throughout history, artists have demonstrated a curiosity for knowledge
about how the human body [and mind] work. For some, the childhood
influences of having doctor or health professional parents or visits to
natural history museums surface in their artwork. Today we even find
individuals who have degrees in both art and medical sciences.
Unfortunately for others, their newfound interest is foisted upon them
because of a personal medical diagnosis, from the loss of a loved-one,
or a fascination with the
macabre and their own mortality.Â It is also just as easy to understand
how artists’ imaginations are captivated by today’s amazing medical
breakthroughs and exciting [frightening to some], experimental research.
Artificial organs and joints already extend the quality of life for
millions of people, and gene therapy will hopefully soon replace
chemotherapy as a new cancer treatment without side effects. However
exciting in their advances and future
promise though, the biosciences are also challenging our ethical mores.
Hence, we are now seeing a new breed of artists that focus on
illuminating these hotly contested topics as today’s most important
JURORS:Â Â This year’s competition selections will be made in an
art-science collaborative process between ASCI Director, Cynthia
Pannucci, and Ramunas Kondratas, Curator of the medical collections in
the Division of Medicine and Science at the Smithsonian Institution’s
National Museum of AmericanHistory.
We eagerly look forward to seeing what your digital prints tell us
about this year’s Bio/Med SciART theme.
Deadline for entries:
Thursday, August 3, 2006
Notification of Juror Selections: Saturday, August 12, 2006 Receipt of
artwork at the museum: Friday, September 22, 2006
There are lots of “Public Domain” medical image databases online! [Be
careful NOT to use "copyrighted" images.]
ASCI was one of the first organizations in the world to recognize the
digital print as a valid fine art product in 1998 by organizing an
afternoon panel discussion, “Collectibility & the Digital Print.”Â This
event was held in The Great Hall at Cooper Union, New York City, in
conjunction with ASCI’s first international digital print
Founded in 1988, Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) was one of
the first art & technology members organizations in the USA.
Established primarily as a network for artists who either use or are
inspired by science and technology, ASCI has become a magnet for some of
the best examples of this type of contemporary art and an excellent
resource for scientists and technologists wishing to collaborate.Â ASCI
was instrumental in reinvigorating the art-sci-tech movement in the
United States during the 1990’s and helped coalesce the nascent
art-science movement 1998-2002.
It produced seminal public panels on timely topics: from the first
“CyberFair for Artists” (1995) to “Bell Labs & the Origins of Multimedia
Art” (1998), “Collectibility of the Digital Print” (1998), and explored
potential support systems for the first net art at “CyberArt’99.”Â ASCI
also produced exhibitions of kinetic art, interactive light art, solar
art, digital prints, and a Womentek exhibition.] Since 1998, it has
produced four ArtSci international symposia on collaboration and the
ArtSci INDEX, an online matching tool for potential collaborators. The
monthly ASCI eBulletin [sent to ASCI members] is one of the most
comprehensive resource tools in this highly interdisciplinary,
international field. ASCI welcomes partnerships and dialogue with the
art and scientific communities.
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The ASCI Team