Atlas Making

Brishty gave us a visual introduction into the work of the Bureau d`Etudes, a Paris-based conceptual art group, which (since 1998) has been developing maps that depict relationships which reflect on contemporary political, social an economic systems. The mapping is seen as an emancipatory tool, inherently political and usable for spatial agency. In line with the concept of CC, creative commons, the generated knowledge is avaialble as free downloads, making it usable for various purposes. 

Their works; "Complex of the self", "The eight sphere", "Animal and vegetable programming", "Administration of terror” were analysed by means of visual appearance, arrows, symbols, lists and topical broadness. 
The discussion opened out into a brainstorm about digital sociology, the “truth” of the mappings and therefore their universality, or rather the inscribed information given on the authors themselves. 

Furthermore the ATLAS MAKING turned into a mapping of interests, approaches and potential partners by the participating students. Issues like the positive and negative impacts of green energy, the mapping of emotional concepts such as love, "grown-up" bureaucracies, alienations and alienated communication, hidden discussions on potential stops of cultural funding, the bordering of stakeholders or promising words like ethnomethodology were brought into the collection. 
As usual at the beginning of collaborations, the HOW became strong, followed about reasoning on all the potentials “unknowns", the visible and non visible things to learn. The "Delphi method", as example of a structured communication technique was briefly discussed. It is a systematic and interactive method, producing forecasts by a panel of experts.  
After the break we turned into two presentations of the NEWCOMERS:
Christian Fries, born in the USA, gave a direction-oriented presentation, offering glimpses into his artistic work. 
He presented various projects, where he is involved in different roles: as artist, curator, writer or business-establisher. www.artunanchored.com
His work "The Pleasure Principle by C.Lov.er” claims repeatedly: 'my perspective is always changing!' Likewise, he moves critically between business and the art market machine, simultaneously he experienced: the more you stop resisting, the more happens. So that meanwhile, you constantly define and redefine a role on the stage of life.
Ruben Gutzat, born in Australia but raised in Europe, studied microbiology at the University of Konstanz and graduated on working with the bacteria Thermos thermopiles. In his PhD he focussed on the functional studies of retinoblastoma (RBR): a protein which acts as a tumor surpressor in animals. Since animal and plants have similar proteins (this leads to the idea of a common ancestor) and plants do not get cancer, his study was concentrating on the protein RBR, measuring the gene activity RBR+/+ RBR-. Subsequently he focussed on his Postdoc studies in epigenetics; continuing the work with plants, their processual structures and their superstructures. As well as continuing the research on where does the information lie that brings the plant to its constant potential of formatting and resetting. In 2007 he planted a seed for his human appearance. The seed of photography. Initially inventing himself as team photographer of an expedition, he continued taking pictures, finding similarities in scientific, technologic and artistic processes. On www.rubengutzat.com he shows some of his photo-collecting-works, for ex. Travelogue, the beautiful outcome of a singleuse-camera distribution on the Philippines.

Fact Box

November 04, 2014, 09:30h