Logo projektu ISWA

A majority of us are born as universal beings with abilities to the selfexpression as well as to the abstract thinking. If we want to, we are able to manage language and mathematics at the same time. Then, consequently we are forced to choose some specialization. Whichever direction we take, we subject all our education to the one profession because life is too short and a day has only 24 hours. The original understanding of the world as an entirety and the connection between our hemispheres, the intuitive one and the rational one, is being lost. In case you choose sciences, you start falling behind in literature and philosophy, there is no time to visit a theatre and art exhibitions become incomprehensible. The result may be the doubts about the meaning of the world. In case you choose humanities, not only that you will never understand the space but you won´t even understand your own car or your apartment key. It is sad if the theory of relativity is the last thing within the field of science that you have heard of, since that is a scientific prehistory.

Specialized languages of sciences and humanities are often a Spanish village to us. One of the problems of the sciences is the enclosure in their own world. The next problem are too many images and too much information rolling along from all the directions.The most important and the most difficult is the ability to make a choise.  We are of course able to google up what the interference is but face to face we won´t understand a physical joke. In the same way a scientist will never be sure whether what he sees in front of himself is the art or whether he was caught in the toils.

It is necessary to create such places where these two worlds would meet wihtout competing with each other, like during the time of the Olympic peace. We call it the third culture. Artists and scientists may never agree on to which extent the world is recognizable, inspectional, structured, analyzable or mysterious. Nevertheless it is still true that science, art and philosophy are parts of a triumvirate of the empirical world evidence.

Artists have always used the best tools that their time was offering. For example the renaissance and baroque authors had been using camera obscura long before the photography was invented. Without their interest in the long-denied anatomy painters would not be able to paint a human body perfectly. With the conceptual art and new media the principle of science got into the contemporary art. The conceptual art does even take over some scientific experimental methods including an approach, tests, an inscription, a documentation or the use of photography. Generally speaking the concept is that kind of work where the intention, image, plan are much more important than the realisation itself. It is clear that the pleasure from this kind of art may not be purely delight in the beauty and well done handicraft. When perceiving and consequent evaluation of such art we have to engage emotional as well as rational and intellectual parts of our personality.

Martina Vítková
art-historian, Gallery of Modern Art in Hradec Králové

  • NanoSCOPE Redux
  • Nanopolis
  • ISWA Workshops
  • Artists