Wednesday, April 03, 2013

In the Holocene reviewed in Frieze

Issue cover
‘In the Holocene’, curated by João Ribas, presented a history of art’s involvement with scientific or mathematical concerns: an aim that seemed simple enough but which, in fact, opened up rich territory for thinking about how these disciplines function in complementary ways, producing knowledge but also revealing its gaps. The show not only examined how art can function as a form of inquiry into natural phenomena, but also how scientific methodology can be appropriated and transformed by an art practice – with a wonderful array of results. Many objects in this exhibition invoked scientific or mathematical principles, but arguably all participated in ordered knowledge-production of one kind or another. Read more...