Introducing PROJECT T2EIA – TRANSDISCIPLINARY TELEMATIC ENVIRONMENT FOR INTERACTIVE ARTS
T2EIA was proposed by artist Malu Fragoso in 2013, during postdoctoral investigations at University of São Paulo, T2EIA is developed at NANO Lab located at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. The first stages of the research were sponsored through the PNPD grant from CAPES– MEC (Ministry of Education – Brazil). The program invests in actions and activities that complement the ongoing experiences at NANO Lab (nano.eba.ufrj.br). These actions are concerned with a poetic artist production based on scientific, philosophical, conceptual models, which finds, in telematics, a renewed essence for human relations. These relations are taken as ubiquitous with living beings, environments, and any organisms.
We are aware that within this realm science provides paradigms for our theoretical explorations and speculations about art but lacks the capacity for nuanced sensibility. We are also aware that philosophical and conceptual models have inspired artistic investigations, which have largely interchanged ideas and hypothesis that are freely experimenting with technology. But, many are the problems in this creative zone and one of them is when artistic products occur as illustrations or demonstrations of these models, and, in the worst scenario, become exploitative interfaces of the (short-lived) novelties that techno gadgetry affords.
T2EIA has the intent to discuss and to create artworks derived from collaborative processes within artistic, scientific, philosophical, conceptual models applied to telematics. In this sense, by the reunion of selected artists working with applied technology, a significant and distinguished production will be accomplished, showed and published. Our invited artists have an outstanding and recognized experience in art and contemporary technology; an understanding of contemporary human ecology and environmental issues; a didactic/systematic approach to the methodology/processes applied in the creative experience; and an artistic practice engaged with research and education.
In October 2013, Fragoso visited selected artists and institutions and invited the following to compose the first collaborative group at T₂EIA:
- Carl Smith – London Metropolitan University, England
- Cristina Miranda – Universidad del Pais Basco, Espanha
- Chista Sommerer – University of Art and Design, Linz, Austria
- Luis Miguel Girão – ARTSHARE Enterprise, Portugal
- Khaldoun Zreik – CITU, Paragraphe, University Paris 8
- Kjell Yngve Petersen and Laura Beloff – IT University Denmark
- Guto Nobrega – NANO – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro / Malu Fragoso – NANO – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
The program is structured on the connections art/ecology, art/hybridization, art/telematics. These are motivated by the need to think art in its intertwining with science and technology, especially in what concerns new possibilities of connectivity between natural and artificial bodies/environments (issue inherent interrelationships man-machine) supported by networks. According to Mónica Bello, Artistic Director of VIDA Art and Artificial Life International Awards, “Life takes place in art through responsive architectures, information and data networks, virtual or augmented spaces, or in the laboratory though synthetic or biological cultures.” T2EIA is interested in life, instrategies of survivalandconsciousness of belonging and connectivity. The program is devoted to the concept of techno-bio hybridism as strategy for interconnected contemporary social survival.
T2EIA is focused on building a model that arises from artistic practice. This practice is based on laboratory experimentations, exchange through telematics, reflections and discussions published on a blog. A curatorial image database with photos, videos, data visualization, sound recordings, making offs and testimonies.
Each artist will propose a project, which will be developed by the proponent with the group’s collaboration. A once a month meeting between members will update research and present out comings. Meetings should be recorded for database. Each artist will choose a completed stage of a project from another member to set up and show at local base.
A server will be disposed to keep all labs connected on a regular base. This connection will be mostly for sharing data. Messages and files will be shard through the blog.
Once a year the group will meet in presence to share local experiences. The first meeting will occur in Rio de Janeiro, from 1-3 of September 2014. Exchange agreements should be settled between institutions in order to provide support for meetings, research, art shows and publications.
Since six from our nine members will be in Rio for the Computer Art Congress, we have proposed a roundtable to begin a conversation on strategic issues related to art production in telematics environments. We will have a videoconference system available and wish to connect with our guest from Austria and Denmark. At this meeting, we will have a very informal approach in order to present ideas and methodologies to apply and collaborate within our projects.
The first project proposed is S.H.A.S.T. ( Sistema Habitacional para Abelhas sem Teto/ Housing System for Homeless Bees) created by Malu Fragoso. It implies the construction of a hybrid home, or a sensitive shelter, provided as beehive for actual bees in a farm in Rio de Janeiro. The art piece is composed of three modules: an active beehive monitored and sensitive; an empty beehive installed at specific sites for attracting bees, also monitored and sensitive; and a series of objects and immersive installations capable of expressing to the public the context and content of these beehives. The artwork has different approaches to social needs and intervention. Also brings about the necessity of an enhanced perception and consciousness over human/nature interaction through technology. Our inter is to explore and investigate possibilities on transcultural levels to develop this work with the help of T2EIAteam. Link for S.H.A.S.T. http://www.nano.eba.ufrj.br/s-h-a-s-t-sistema-habitacional-para-abelhas-sem-teto/ or http://www.nano.eba.ufrj.br/nano_projetos/s-h-a-s-t/.