Colliding Epistemes

Centre for Contemporary Art Laznia, 4 February - 3 April 2022
BOZAR Brussels, 5 May - 19 June 2022
Transit House Cluj, 1 July - 1 August 2022

Curated by Maja and Reuben Fowkes

In the age of the Anthropocene the boundaries between the sciences and the arts are unsettled, as the spiral of ecological breakdown derails not just the biogeochemical processes of the planet, but also the epistemic structures of carbon modernity. The resulting intermingling of scientific and artistic territories gives rise to a productive clash of methodologies and a lively friction between worldviews, heralding the expansion of terrestrial knowledge systems to encompass indigenous, traditional and alternative epistemologies. By pushing research to the limits of the empirically possible, disrupting the atomized logic of scientific rationalism and subverting the technocratic paradigm, collaborations between artists and scientists create the conditions for unconventional responses to planetary challenges to crystallize. Motivated by the ecological urgencies of climate breakdown and biodiversity collapse, experiments in working across the epistemological divide challenge the monopoly of the western tradition to propose a plurality of practices for knowing the world. 

Participating artists: 3 137, Kat Austen, Dmitry Gelfand & Evelina Domnitch, Hypercomf, Voldemārs Johansons, Kuang-Yi Ku, Sandra Lorenzi, Oswaldo Maciá, Siobhán McDonald, Ciprian Mureşan, Alexandra Pirici, Maja Smrekar and Christiaan Zwanikken.

Colliding Epistemes is realised within the framework of  Studiotopia: Art Meets Science in the Anthropocene with the support of the European Union’s Creative Europe program.

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