[Oct 31] Robert B. Lisek- Artist Open Studio at LiSA: Leaders in Software And Art

Artist and mathematician Robert B. LISEK will present his recent bioengineering software projects SPECTRUM and CAPITAL, exploring the relationship between bio-molecular technology, code and issues arising from network technologies by combining his DNA code with codes of viruses and recently by testing influence of radioactive materials on biological entities.

Leaders in Software and Art was founded in 2009 to bring together the community of software and electronic artists, creative coders, data visualists, curators, collectors, digital and interactive agencies, and others who make their careers at the intersection of art and technology.

[Oct 31] Robert B. Lisek
Artist Open Studio at LiSA: Leaders in Software And Art

Robert B. Lisek
Thursday, Oct 31, 4:30 to 7:30
Admission: FREE

Harvestworks
596 Broadway, #602 | New York, NY 10012
Phone: 212-431-1130
Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R Prince, 6 Bleeker

LiSA – Leaders in Software and Art – Conference 2013:
http://softwareandart.com/?page_id=1161

Artist and mathematician Robert B. LISEK will present his recent bioengineering software projects SPECTRUM and CAPITAL. Lisek explores the relationship between bio-molecular technology, code and issues arising from network technologies by combining his DNA code with codes of viruses and recently by testing influence of radioactive materials on biological entities.

SPECTRUM. Lisek has prepared a new strand of luciferase-mediated E.coli bacterium, which self-replicates in the water at an extremely fast rate. He carefully analyzed the communication networks of Warsaw in order to check their ability for spreading the bacteria-induced disease. Thus, the project became a simulation of a bioterrorist attack on the capital of Poland. Lisek, apart from creating the bioluminescent bacteria, has delivered a broad context through exploration of the relationship between molecular technology, code, issues arising from network technologies and problems emerging around the notion of safety. The data obtained through the process of self-replication of bacterial DNA, was translated into visual projection of 3D solids and sound sequences. Furthermore, both the video and audio were not only based on PCR data, but they also depicted the process of self-replication. A single stream of light or a single sound wave would quickly grow into a wall of light and sound, referring to the rapid multiplication of bacteria.

CAPITAL. The aim of the project was to build a multidimensional object comprising of artist’s DNA code [collected from his saliva] and codes of chosen viruses [Lloviu virus, Polio virus, Marburg virus and Ebola virus]. A class of objects which are non-human came into existence, [they have features which enable perpetual conversion/transformation and unlimited replication and distribution [immortality]. Another problem the project CAPITAL deals with, is the analysis of ways of making the codes of life accessible and their place in the capital exchange. It is known, that this field is more and more appropriated by Big Pharma, which attempts to patent new codes and gain profits out of it. In our understanding, there exist situations, where life should not be available for sale, made accessible as trade codes. It is an attempt of creating a new class of non-human codes and making them accessible free of charge, which causes a decentration in this system of capital exchange.

Leaders in Software and Art was founded in 2009 to bring together the community of software and electronic artists, creative coders, data visualists, curators, collectors, digital and interactive agencies, and others who make their careers at the intersection of art and technology. They hold an exclusive monthly speakers series and cocktail party, and just had their daylong conference, LISA2012, at the Guggenheim in the fall.

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Robert B. LISEK is an artist, mathematician and composer who focuses on systems and processes (computational, biological, social). He is involved in the number of projects focused on radical art strategies, hacktivism and tactical media. Drawing upon conceptual art, software art and meta-media, his work intentionally defies categorization. Lisek is a pioneer of art based on AI and bioinformatics. He also explores the relationship between bio-molecular technology, code and issues arising from network technologies by combining his DNA code with codes of viruses and recently by testing influence of radioactive materials on biological entities.

Lisek is also a composer of contemporary music, author of many projects and scores on the intersection of spectral, stochatistic, concret music, musica futurista and noise. More: http://lisek.bandcamp.com/ https://soundcloud.com/robert-b-lisek

Lisek is also a scientist who conducts a research in the area of foundations of science (mathematics and computer science). His research interests are theory of ordered sets in relation with logic, algebra and combinatorics. Lisek is also a researcher in the domain of artificial general intelligence and complexity theory. He examines, among others: problem of self-reference, mathematical induction, probabilistic techniques and recurrent AI self-improvement.

He is also working on human enhancement: extensions through the use of radical transgressive methods that arise at the intersection of disciplines such as AGI, bioengineering, and political and social sciences. He has prepared an short anthology entitled TRANSHUMAN.

Lisek is a founder of Institute for Research in Science and Art, Fundamental Research Lab and ACCESS Art Symposium. Author of many exhibitions and concerts, among others: NUCLEAR RANDOM GENERATOR – Fluc Wanne Vienna, TERROR ENGINES – WORM Center Rotterdam, Secure Insecurity – ISEA Istanbul; DEMONS – Venice Biennale (accompanying events); Manifesto vs. Manifesto – Ujazdowski Castel of Contemporary Art, Warsaw; NGRU – FILE, Sao Paulo; NEST – ARCO Art Fair, Madrid; Float – DMAC Harvestworks and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC; WWAI – Siggraph, Los Angeles; Falsecodes – Red Gate Gallery, Beijing; Gengine – National Gallery, Warsaw; Flextex – Byzantine Museum, Athens, FXT- ACA Media Festival, Tokyo and ISEA, Nagoya.

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