14.05 rhizope

estonian museum of applied art and design, tallinn

rhizope. art & science – hybrid art and interdisciplinary research

this exhi­bi­ti­on fea­ture high­ly con­tras­ting art pro­jects, who­se aut­hors are reve­r­ed spe­cia­lists in their fiel­ds the world-over. sin­ce hybrid art and inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry rese­arch are cha­rac­te­ri­sed by all man­ner of unex­pec­ted forms of prac­ti­ce, we will pre­sent high­ly con­tras­ting works to view­ers, whe­re visu­al arts are intert­wi­ned with bio­tech­no­lo­gy, com­pu­ter tech­no­lo­gy, net­work cul­tu­re, robo­tics, sound art, social sci­en­ces and many other disciplines.
rei­ner maria matysik’s sculp­tu­re – made of his own cells and trans­for­med into a wet spe­ci­men – at the “rhizope” exhi­bi­ti­on pro­vi­des us with an artis­tic rese­arch examp­le that aims to bring inert mat­ter to life. his sculp­tu­re is an indi­ca­ti­on of man´s chan­ging con­cep­ti­on of bio­lo­gy, of his bio­lo­gi­cal role, and espe­cial­ly of the bio­lo­gi­cal acti­vi­ty its­elf. matysik’s art­work mer­ges desi­gned objects with natu­ral orga­nisms, fusing the har­mo­nious natu­ral and the man-made. rede­fi­ning life in sculp­tu­re means to under­stand living mat­ter through its creation.
a non per­forming performance
thingification

rei­ner maria maty­sik will con­cen­tra­te on the archaic endea­vor of art. with a spon­ta­ne­ous sculp­tu­re he will con­trol and shape a limi­ted part of man´s envi­ron­ment. he will give an examp­le of arts pos­si­bi­li­ties to bring inert mat­ter to live. he will show how sculp­tu­re is an indi­ca­ti­on of man´s chan­ging con­cep­ti­on of bio­lo­gy, as well as an indi­ca­ti­on of his bio­l­gi­cal role, and espe­cial­ly as a form of bio­lo­gi­cal acti­vi­ty in its­elf. he will try to mer­ge desi­gned objects with natu­ral orga­nisms. he will work on the har­mo­nious fusi­on of the natu­ral and the man-made.
he will search for it con­ti­nuous­ly, may find it frag­men­ta­ri­ly, to let it slip out of sight again.
rede­fi­ning life in sculp­tu­re means the under­stan­ding of living mat­ter through its creation.
and in the end the culp­tu­re of his own cells that was trans­for­med into a a wet spe­ci­men may play a cru­cial role in it all.