Scale Matters

On Friday 25 November 2016, at 7:30pm, NeMe, the Department of Fine Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology and the Leonardo Electronic Almanac invite you to a conversation between Lanfranco Aceti and Ioannis Michaloudis. The event will take place at the Pefkios Georgiades Amphitheatre of the Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus.

The current redesign and understanding of the cloud and the molecular in an increasingly atomized cultural and scientific context, obliges us to rethink and re-analyse the way in which we portray these concepts. This is particularly important in a moment in which atomized and fractured societies, like nanoparticles, aggregate and disaggregate according to internal and external stimuli, in increasingly ruthless movements which shift and change like clouds in the winds, according to multiple and disaggregated criteria.

This analysis of contemporary societies and aesthetics coincides with the release of a new volume by the Leonardo Electronic Almanac, titled Cloud and Molecular Aesthetics, which analyses the concepts of the cloud and molecules as alternative forms purveyors of new knowledge and understanding of our role within the re-design of concepts of society, democracy and citizenship into post-society, post-democracy and post-citizenship. The redefinition of human endeavours according to philosophical and aesthetic re-interpretations of scientific models of nature, and therefore society, forces the development of new modes of engagement that escape old form of governmental control and propose a molecular understanding of society in which hierarchies lose value and the inscrutable whim of collective and individual forces shape the forms and directions of what are no longer permanent collective connubial links – like the inherited idea of Twentieth century state – but permanently dissolving and re-aggregating elements of temporary movements and aggregations.

Bio

Prof. Lanfranco Aceti is an academic, artist, and curator whose interdisciplinary research focuses on the intersection between video and expanded cinema, digital arts, visual culture, and new media technologies. He holds a PhD in Fine Art, New Media, and Film from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London; an MA in Television and Video Production from Bournemouth University, UK; and a Diploma in Journalism from the University of Urbino, Italy.

He was a visiting fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London, and at the Victoria and Albert Museum. He is founder and director of both the Museum of Contemporary Cuts (MoCC ) and Operational and Curatorial Research in Contemporary Art, Design, Science and Technology (OCR) – including the Media Exhibition Platform (MEP), which has presented a range of international, peer-reviewed exhibitions both online and in physical spaces since 2010. He is also the editor in Chief of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac, an MIT Press publication, ranked as one of the top 20 world leading publications in the field of contemporary art.

The space technology nanomaterial, silica aerogel, is the epicenter of all MICHALOU(di)S artworks, thanks to its natural sky colors blue & orange (Raylight & Mie scattering phenomena). His interdisciplinary artistic practice aims to improve public perception of scientific research, and to facilitate informed decision making regarding climate change and how it affects everyday life. It also hopes to bridge synergies between Art and Science, by emphasizing the role of imagination as a tool of creation and innovation in the new economies of the 21st Century. Notwithstanding the ephemeral appearance of the super-light silica aerogel used in his aer( )sculptures, the longevity of some of this art seems promised. Two works, Bottled Nymph and Noli Me Tangere, have been selected to be rocketed to the moon as part of the MoonArk capsule, The photos of these skysculptures will be aboard a Space X Falcon 9 rocket launched in late 2017 from Cape Kennedy in an Astrobotic Robotic Lunar Mission, and will remain on the Moon Museum, potentially, for billions of years. Following the landing and exploration of the Rover on the Moon (a two week process), there will be exhibitions of the Moon Arts Project in Paris and ten other European cities.

Bio

Dr. ioannis Michalou(di)s is a visual artist, academic & researcher internationally acknowledged as one of the leaders in Art&Science and the first ever creator and investigator on the application of the NASA’s nanomaterial silica aerogel in Visual Arts. His career started in Paris as a researcher at Sorbonne University where he had presented his thesis in 1998 on the elastic relationships between Visual Arts & Design. In Paris he taught for 8 years undergraduate Product Design students in the “Arts Décos” School. In 2001, after receiving the Fulbright Award for Greek Artists, he moved to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the States. There he completed his Post-Doctoral research on Art&Science as a Research Fellow, whilst teaching postgraduate students. For the years 2012-2014 he was teaching at all levels in Curtin University in the School of Design and Art of Western Australia. He then was the Head of Interior Design Department at Kingdom University in Bahrain. He is the author of eighteen papers and two book chapters. He has twelve solo international exhibitions and had been invited in more than twenty international Art&Science exhibitions and conferences. He is currently coordinating the post-graduate program in Visual Arts at Charles Darwin University in Australia.