Israel Cultural Centre in St. Petersburg are proud to present the original exhibition project of contemporary art, science and technology
In the past decades scientific and technological innovations come to mark a new phase in a mutating reality whose consequences in real-time we are having difficulties to comprehend. The desire to explore, and culturally metabolize, the meanings we can derive of these innovations has led many artists over the recent years to integrate in their work new means of expressions that originate with these scientific and technological inventions. The goal of the resulting creative endeavors is to examine and expose the philosophical, political, social and cultural implications of these innovations on our human existence. Questions concerning the nature of life and its vulnerability, the limits of the human cognition, the relationships between the natural and artificial, the limitations on representation, and also new definitions of time and space, are at the center of the artwork of these artists.
The exhibition “Art, Science and Technology — An Israeli perspective” displays artworks that were made in Israel by artists adopting practices from the fields of science and technology, some in cooperation with researchers and professionals from these fields, working on co-authored projects. Among the artworks presented some are based on studies conducted in the fields of robotics, brain research, information technology and artificial intelligence, others are exploring alternative models of interaction and perception, all the while developing new means of production and the sensibility of a new aesthetic language.
Israel is characterized by a strong and mature Hi-Tech industry accompanied by an extensive field of scientific research. Both profoundly affect its cultural atmosphere and climate. The artworks presented in the framework of this exhibition give voice to a diverse range of activities taking place in these contexts. Some attempt to innovate and explore the changing boundaries of the artistic practice, while others articulate a critical perspective on the new reality created.