Artists-in-Labs Season 2
Video about the artists-in-labs residency exchange
INTERCONNECTING ART AND SCIENCE
As part of KAUST Academic Affairs, the Enrichment's Office mission is to enhance the students' experience and to expand their horizons, as well as to enrich the broad community.
Art is a source of inspiration for innovative science and vice versa. Immersing oneself inside the creative world of a painter, listening to music, or the mere act of experiencing something different than the ordinary can result in innovative new scientific ideas. For that reason, the Enrichment Office has organized more than 580 cultural events and invited more than 220 artists to KAUST since 2010.
To connect arts and science, the KAUST Enrichment Office produces since 2018 the artists-in-labs program in collaboration with the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts (ICS) at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).
ABOUT THE ARTISTS-IN-LABS PROGRAM
Since 2016, the artists-in-labs program brings artists and scientists together in an experimental framework to bring inspiring ideas to the public. It has brought the collaboration between artists and KAUST.
Through the artists-in-labs exchange, Swiss and Saudi artists can apply for a 3-month grant to work with researchers of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) or researchers from Swiss Universities. The next program will take place in the Spring of 2020; more information about this exchange will be available soon.
This program runs since 2003 by The Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts (ICS), an international transdisciplinary centre for cultural analysis, theory, and history in the arts related to all topic areas of Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). Learn more about the artists-in-labs program.
From April - June 2019, Saudi artist and architect Nasser Al-Salem was artist-in-residence at ETH Zürich, to exchange ideas, concepts, and methods, and develop an artistic project with researchers of the Department of Materials. The Jeddah-based artist worked and exchanged with researchers of the Complex Materials Group, under the supervision of Professor André R. Studart. Nasser's previous work and the artwork created after his residency have been featured in his first solo exhibition, Amma Baad, in the UK at Delfina Foundation. Amma Baad was on show at Delfina Foundation from 2 July – 10 August 2019, curated by Maya El Khalil and presented in partnership with Shubbak Festival.
|Nasser Al-Salem (*1984) lives and works in Jeddah. His artistic work is essentially the Arabic written word; therefore, he is first and foremost a calligrapher. His practice pushes the boundaries of this age-old Islamic art by re-inventing it in non-conventional mixed-media forms, by using a wide range of tools and materials - such as wood, paper, ink, concrete, glass, lighting technology, or silk - and by exploring its conceptual potential. Since his childhood, he has been asking what is the size of a human being in relation to the outer space, what are the parameters of this relationship, and how can humans recognize it. These questions still preoccupy him today, and he is attempting to address them throughout his practice.
Nasser believes that when we turn our attention to understanding this relationship and gain a more in-depth insight into the nature we all are part of, we might live differently. His exploration of concepts relates to scale, the human, and the infinite (or our current perception of the infinite). These concepts aim to make the viewer reflect on the condition of time, space, and the universe as a system beyond all religious and profane components.
He has been nominated for the Prudential Eye Awards 2015 and was artist-in-residence in New York in 2018 and London in 2014. In 2018, the artist’s work was a part of The Royal Commission of Al-Ula’s and exhibited at the Winter at Tantora Festival in Saudi Arabia. https://nasseralsalem.com/
In the autumn of 2018, artist Nadya Suvorova exchanged and developed ideas with researchers of the Division for Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) at KAUST for three months.
At KAUST, Nadya worked closely with research scientist Qiang Fu -who works in the multi-disciplinary area of computational imaging - and Ph.D. Student Simeng Qiu from KAUST Visual Computing Center. This exchange was supervised at KAUST by Professor Dr. Wolfgang Heidrich - Visual Computing Center Director.
Nadya Suvorova is an interactive media artist based in Zurich. At the intersection of art, science, and play, she invents poetic journeys using emerging technologies. She pulls her inspiration from the observation of the natural world. Her interactive works spark curiosity to playfully engage access to and awareness of our natural world through digital media. She has shown her work internationally at the ZKM Karlsruhe, Cité du Design at Saint Etienne, Museum of Arts (MoA) Seoul, Hammer Museum, etc.
Hidden Dimensions of Light
TIME AND CREATIVITY PANEL DISCUSSION
In this panel discussion held at WEP 2019, Nasser and Nadya present their work and discuss with film producer Tom Nims and the head of the artists-in-labs program Irène Hediger the concept of time and how do artists represent and interpret it in their uniquely creative way.
The artists-in-labs program is brought to you by KAUST Office of Enrichment Programs, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)