Presented in partnership with Serpentine’s Synthetic Ecologies Lab, this program features members of NEW INC’s Creative Science Track who will present the ways their practices interact with notions of ecology, nature, and embodiment. While Western culture distinguishes the natural world as external to humans, the speakers included in this program will tell stories that expand our perception of ecology, suggesting that the natural world consists of an entangled series of interactions and relationships that are inclusive of humans. The presenters will reveal the hidden ways we participate in our ecologies while also making visible how our environments change us, our bodies, and our perceptions of our surroundings.
The evening is anchored by a keynote by designer and researcher Yasaman Sheri, followed by presentations by our Creative Science track members Ani Liu, Gal Nissim & Leslie Ruckman, Jiabao Li, Jonah King & Sue Huang, Nocturnal Medicine, and Trash Club. Having worked closely with the artists on this track, Mentor-in-Residence Fiona Raby will act as a respondent for the evening. Learn more about the presenters.
This event is held in person by invitation only, but will be streamed live to NEW INC’s YouTube channel. ASL interpretation will be provided in stream.
NEW INC is the first museum-led cultural incubator dedicated to supporting innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship across art, design, and technology. In Year 8 (2021 – 2022), NEW INC’s cohort is organized into 5 tracks, or focus areas: Art & Code, Creative Science, Future Memory, Collective Abundance, and Extended Realities. Each track is assigned a dedicated mentor-in-residence, and in some cases we have partnered with like-minded projects or companies to offer special programming and opportunities for members.
The Creative Science track is supported by Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation. This track is focused on engaging artists, designers, and researchers who are exploring the intersection of art and science through artificial intelligence, robotics, biotech, digital manufacturing, and other areas of research through their creative practice.
Championing new ideas in contemporary art since 1970, the Serpentine has presented pioneering exhibitions for half a century from a wide range of emerging practitioners to the most internationally recognized artists of our time. Across two sites only 5 minutes apart, in London’s Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine presents a year-round, free program of exhibitions, architecture, education, live events, and technological innovation, in the park and beyond.
Synthetic Ecologies Lab celebrates instruments, tools & platforms that support artistic practice in life sciences and zones of inquiry in contemporary biotechnology by prototyping creative outlooks and methodologies that inspire and support a new generation of artists. The lab works around non-static themes like fermentation, poetics of sensing and perception, aesthetics of new nature, simulated life, ecological art, and microbial aesthetics. The projects bring together communities of interdisciplinary thinkers and practitioners to further pluralities and investigate paths less explored.
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