Public Lecture

Donnerstag, 18. Dezember 2014
14:00 - 15:30 Uhr
Ort: Expositur PSK, Georg-Coch-Platz 2/1. OG, 1010 Wien


"Art within Science: A Speculative Biological Approach"


pplasticeptor by Pinar Yoldas

Pinar Yoldas is a cross-disciplinary artist/researcher who lives and works between Durham, NC and Berlin. Pinar’s research explores the collaborative potential between art and biological sciences. Her talk focuses on her recent project An Ecosystem of Excess.

Cultural movements such as transhumanism and posthumanism reposition human in a technoscientific world as the ultimate decision maker : nature can be controlled fully thanks to biotechnology, nature can be shaped and reshaped endlessly as us humans wish. On the other hand, our desire to control nature has been threatening life on our planet: excessive consumption and exploitation of natural resources have given rise to the most urgent and the most complex dilemma humanity have ever been confronted with. This is the two faces of technoscience where Yoldas’ works emerge. The artist who has a deep passion for art and science takes the viewer on a fantastic journey inspired by biology, ecology, anatomy and neurosicence. In the midst of political turmoil and violence, the artist offers the lux of art and science, by introducing new organs, new life forms and new ecosystems.

Short Bio:
Pinar Yoldas is based at Duke University, where she pursues her PhD at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Media Arts and Sciences. After her undergraduate studies at Middle East Technical University and further studies at Bilgi University, she received her MS at Istanbul Technical University, BArch (METU) and her MFA at University of California, Los Angeles. Her book An Ecosystem of Excess was published by ArgoBooks in 2014. This lecture is supported by funds from the Myers Foundations.
Her solo shows include AlterEvolution, Ekavart, Istanbul (2013) and An Ecosystem of Excess, Ernst Schering Project Space, Berlin (2014). Her group shows include ThingWorld, NAMOC National Art Museum of Beijing (2014); Transmediale Festival, Berlin (2014); and Tiere und Menschen, Museum Ostwall, Dortmund (2014).

Pinar Yoldas will present one of her works in the Schauraum/ Angewandte, Museumsquartier, exhibition opening thursday december 18 at 7pm.

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