Today’s guest blogger is Adam W. Brown. Brown is an internationally recognized Intermedia artist and researcher and an Associate Professor at Michigan State University where he created a new area of study called Electronic Art & Intermedia. Brown directs the BRIDGE Artist in Residency, a program designed to immerse national and international artists within the creative space of scientific inquiry and research at MSU, connecting the arts, sciences and humanities. He is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts at Ball State University, and serves as an Artist in Residence for the Michigan State University BEACON (Bio/Computational Evolution in Action Consortium) project, funded by the NSF.
Art in the Laboratory: Working with Living Materials
My lecture for Michigan State University’s College of Arts & Letters Art Weekend at Grand Hotel will begin by discussing how contemporary artists are incorporating intense research into their creative practice, resulting in new forms of artistic expression. This “blurring” recently characterized as the “epistemological turn” is rooted in the history of Intermedia, a philosophy developed in the 1960’s that explored how the merging of art disciplines resulted in new forms of creative practice.
This framework will be used as a backdrop to talk about 2 projects where I blur the boundaries between art, socio/political activism, research and science. The first project titled The Great Work of the Metal Lover is a neo-alchemical artwork that solves the problem of transmuting base matter into 24K gold through the use of modern microbiological technology thus solving the ancient riddle of the Philosopher’s Stone. And secondly, I will share a new art work premiering Fall 2017 that examines “blood miracles” by analyzing history through the bio-political lens of “Non-human” invisible microbial agents.
Finally, I will showcase the newly created BRIDGE Artist in Residency Program. A program that brings prominent international artists to campus, where they conduct research in connection with departments of their choice, and produce work by taking advantage of the most diverse facilities and expertise. The mission of the BRIDGE Artist in Residency program is to immerse national and international artists within the creative space of scientific inquiry and research at MSU, connecting the arts, sciences and humanities.
I am truly looking forward to sharing my work and exchanging ideas with you at this year’s Arts Weekend.
Join us for Adam’s morning presentation on Saturday, June 24th as a feature of the 23rd annual Arts Weekend presented by the Michigan State University College of Arts & Letters.