In this section we will publish and answer some of our reader’s questions that might be of interest to other users of our online-journal.
Man and Environment
Born in Japan in 1978, the painter Ryo Kato has lived and worked in Berlin for more than 15 years. His work
Mischa Kuball: “The idea [of New Pott] was born of my (so-called German) contribution to the 34th Sao Paolo Biennale in 1998 which was curated by Paulo Herkenhoff under the general theme of anthropophagy with reference to the homonym manifesto by Oswald de Audrade from 1927. This manifesto tried to give an answer to the European dominance in the domain of the arts, the Parisian art world pretending that Brazilian artists were copying European modernism. The manifesto replied: No, we will not copy, but guzzle and digest you!”
In conversation with Irene Daum and Peter Tepe the sculptor and painter Thomas Schönauer presents himself as an artist-philosopher. In some of his works he has adopted a science-related approach. In other projects he has collaborated with scientists and engineers.
malatsion: “Science has influenced quite a few of my works as a source of inspiration. You can classify these works as science-related art. Right after my switch to the academy, my interest in science was for a while pushed into the background. It was only in 2008 that it re-emerged. Science is for me above all a source of images which helps me create installation works that remind their viewers of places such as the laboratory or of scientific methods such as the experiment.”
Gerhard Daum falls into the category of a science-related artist. He bases his work on mathematics, above all on Euclidian geometry, trigonometry and analysis. His approach is experimental, probing different techniques of mathematical construction and then reducing the constructional matrix, while continuously observing the aesthetic effect.
Mischa Kuball: “I do not perceive myself as a double-competent cross-over worker between science and art, but rather as an artist who is working transdisciplinary. As an artist, I contribute to certain scientific research projects. Particularly, there are cooperation projects with the neurosciences neuropsychology and neurophysiology.” …
The terms Space Art or Astronomical Art (I prefer the latter) are used for pictorial representations of aspects of the cosmos or the universe. Obviously, Astronomical Art also allows to represent utopias, but always on the basis of the current state of research in natural science. “Beam me up, Scotty” remains Science Fiction. It has to do with science and cultural history, with technology and last but not least with Man, who has always felt the urge to leave planet Earth and to explore the universe. …
Visual art has long been a topic of considerable interest in psychology, biology and related fields, with research issues addressing the perception and production of art, creativity and their applications in clinical psychology or advertising …
In 1754, the Anatomical Collections of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg were established for the purpose of providing teaching material for classes held at the Anatomical Institute. In the meantime, the collection is also accessible to non-specialists twice a year. Yet, due to the extraction of the specimen from its original context and its solidification into an object, a layman will never be able to perceive a specimen with the rational logic that is appropriate to the observation of scientific models. The object thus takes on the appearance of a shadow of the living, reminding us of our own mortality in a disturbing yet monstrous way.
According to the terminology of the online journal, I am on the border between science and art: on one hand I am a working artist, and on the other, active in the sciences as a participant in a master’s program. I would like to describe the stages of development leading to this state.
A border crosser between science and art is what the online journal calls an individual working both scientifically and artistically in the field of fine arts. I belong to this group, too. (…) I will introduce the reader to some of my artistic works created since 2013. For this purpose, I will select some representative examples from several series and explain their prevailing peculiarities.