Science and technology as agents for the artistic production/International Seminar
Mexico City August 23-27 2010

Hosted and organized by the Center for Multimedia, National Center for the Arts, Mexico

Lilia Pérez participated as chair of the first discussion panel entitled “Laboratories, art and science” between Jennifer Willet – INCUBATOR University of Windsor (Canada) and Oron Catts – SymbioticA (Australia).


The interconnection and mutual feedback between art, science and technology are increasingly evident in the context of the twenty-first century societies. Today, most of the artistic production relies in hybrid processes and involve the inter and the trans-disciplinary. This already consolidated scenario of creative developments involving artists, scientists, technologists, theorists and curators creates a kind of collective intelligence that reorganizes the practice of art making.

Since the times of the Cold War, and as part of a techno-scientific project, laboratories become working models in many disciplines including art. The creation of spaces to theorize and criticize this models becomes urgent. Curators emerge as important mediators between the art field and other apparently unrelated domains that require an interdisciplinary framework in which dialogue can be built outlining questions and answers that can show what is not so easy to decipher at first sight.

With this panorama in mind he second International Seminar on Art and Technology organized by the Multimedia Center of the National Arts Centre in collaboration with Fundación Televisa, aims to open a reflection on the modes of production in the artistic practices that use science and technology as key players. It also seeks to consider the role played by the curatorial work in setting up exhibitions, whose meaning must be considered at the problematic boundaries between art and science. The discussion will emphasize then, the question of how the laboratories and research institutes devoted to science and technology, and centers of experimentation in art-technology are linked together, and affect the construction of artistic discourse.