Carbon Meets Silicon

Alonso, Cerys, Bracey, Andrew, Card, William, Carrick, Steve, Halliwell, Lesley, Hickford, Rory, Jones, Paul R, Mayman, Guy, Liggett, Susan, Lowe-Smith, Andrew, McClenaghen, John, Hall, Simon, Morrad, Annie, McArthur, Ian, Piper-Wright, Tracy, Smethurst, Coryn, Thompson, Estelle, Townsley, Jill and Weinel, Jonathan (2015) Carbon Meets Silicon. [Show/Exhibition]

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This exhibition was is in association with ITA(15), the 6th International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications. The conference drew together researchers and developers from academia and industry across all fields of Internet computing, engineering and art and design. The inspiration for the title of this exhibition came from the work of Alan Turing and his exploration of artificial intelligence versus cognitive psychology. The key questions surrounding whether thoughts and consciousness can be produced by a mechanical systems have fascinated computer scientists, mathematicians, cognitive psychologists and artists since the 1950’s. Many thought that the difference between these two fields was concerned with whether the mechanical system in question was carbon based brain or silicon based computer (Sternberg, R.J. and Kaufman, J, C. (2013). How do we begin to explore these questions? According to Michael Polanyi (1962) ‘aesthetic insight motivates the early stages of much scientific research’. This exhibition offers tacit knowledge embodied in the artwork that may or may not question the above, but certainly explore the concept of carbon and silicon as metaphors for the changing face of art practice over the last fifty years. Carbon references the materiality of the art object, the tradition of art materials such as paint, bronze etc. and silicon references how this materiality is questioned in the light of new media utilizing the digital or the virtual bringing artists closer to scientists and engineers. When carbon meets silicon it creates silicon carbide, a compound that exists as artificial diamonds and star dust, a transformative process that is akin to the alchemy of making art. References Sternberg, RJ, and Kaufman, J, C. (2013) The Evolution of Intelligences, Psychology Press. Polanyi, M. (1962) Personal Knowledge: towards a post critical philosophy. London Routledge The exhibition has been curated by Dr Susan Liggett

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Keywords: Art practice, science, technology, collaboration,
Divisions: Creative Arts
Depositing User: Hayley Dennis
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2020 14:36
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2020 14:36

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