'Experimental Station', CA2M, Madrid, Spain

May 13 2011 to Oct 9 2011

EXPERIMENTAL STATION. RESEARCH AND ARTISTIC PHENOMENA
OPENING 13 MAY
14 MAY – 9 OCT 2011

CURATORS ANDRÉS MENGS AND VIRGINIA TORRENTE
ORGANIZED BY CA2M CENTRO DE ARTE DOS DE MAYO AND LABORAL CENTRO DE ARTE Y CREACIÓN INDUSTRIAL

Experimental station is an exhibition that present works originated by an irrepressible urge which connects the artists to the purest part of scientific research. Departing from contemporary art pre-established guidelines, these creators share a certain fascination for extra-artistic themes, for what happens in the field of reality but also in the hereafter.

Formal research, pseudo-science, science fiction and paranormal events are the experimental domains in which they are focused and through which they materialize their work. These authors do not give up on their capacity to investigate which can outgrow the limits of artistic creation in its contemporary meaning. This research in parallel areas that embraces from reality to lie is extremely interesting and is circumscribed to a marginal circle because of its own difficult location. An artist interested in cutting-edge technology applying it to its work for an aesthetic outcome is not the same as another one involved in a research where experiment is the piece per se and thanks to this research, the artist’s study becomes a lab and a trial, error and results field.

Both artistic and scientific device take us to places of change and discoveries whether it is with a real purpose or an imaginary one. We’re talking about creation as an experimentation location, and in this respect, science and art have a common aspiration: to conduct experiments that question our current knowledge, to look for a new frontier.

Science and art also share a common poetry: where do they meet and where do you separate from each other? Ethics and aesthetics are concepts that divide and unite them—a convergence point that invite both the artist and the scientist to think and reflect. The latter works in a wonderful space of observation, supported by knowledge and thorough procedures in order to get and gather data. The artists get into this restricted area by a parallel way.

Throughout history, a large source of ideas investigated have lead to breakthroughs and to nothing. Utopias and failures, a commonplace in art and science.

ARTISTS

In the laboratory
Luis Bisbe, Carlos Bunga, Caleb Charland, Alistair McClymont, Rubén Ramos Balsa and Ben Woodeson.

Fieldwork
Alberto Baraya, Nicolás Goldberg & Guillermo Faivovich, João Gusmão & Pedro Paíva, Ilana Halperin, Rivane Neuenchswander & Cao Guimaraes and Jorge Peris.

Artefacts and Mechanisms
Julio Adán, Guillem Bayo, Ingrid Buchwald, Milton Marques, O Grivo, Ariel Schlesinger, Conrad Shawcross and Alberto Tadiello,

Lost in space
David Clarkson, Björn Dahlem, Karlos Gil, Lyn Hagan, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Esther Mañas & Arash Moori, Paloma Polo, Jan Tichy and Raphaël Zarka.

PUBLICATIONS
Bilingual catalogue (English-Spanish) including an essay by Pablo Martín Pascual.

PARALLEL ACTIVITIES
CA2M Tours
Tours & Talks for teachers