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The Twilight of Anthropocene

The Twilight of Anthropocene. Idea
Zbrojownia Sztuki (Armory of Art) Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts,
Curator Grzegorz Klaman, co-operation T. Mosur

Jim Cummings (paraphrasing him) said: We are interested in how an artist’s intuition can help formulate problems which scientists should listen to and observe. We are searching forart that both presents empirical data in a way engaging the public and picks up questions and hypotheses worth scientific investigation.

The exhibition “The Twilight of Anthropocene” directs our attention do the dynamismof changes in the relationship between man-artists/ non-human/ environment. The instability of once acknowledged divisions, an instrumental theory of technologies derived from human
suprematist activity obstruct our outlook on newly emerging situations which creatively violate the subject-object dyad, interweaving the two into a hybrid unpredictable state of interdependence. We ought to re-think the status of both the biological-carnal, as well as informational-technological. Biomedia direct us to the position of irreducible presence of technology and biological beings – this concept, leaning on a non-confrontational stance, opens us to ethical and aesthetical happenings outside any anticipatory cultural and/ or humanistic matrix. A (creative) gesture of a free subject is a gesture of mediation, but it is
embedded within the network of differentiated beings; at the same time it raises doubts as a gesture rooted in the tradition of art, thus preserving repetitive and oppressive representations. What is closer to our perspective is processes occurring in the area of generative art which is reworking the departure from sets of rules and algorithms towards multiple complex variable forms and unpredictable processes whose construction is similar to processes occurring in
natural environment. These phenomena displace causation and creativity towards the post human technosphere, removing the demonic sinister curtain from it. The synergy of these areas releases a creative feedback between human imagination and a self-improving machine structure that acquires a specific evolutionary adaptability. Affinities between generative mechanisms, Artificial Life, and computational aesthetics fit in the so called Third Culture,
thus integrating the three within a trans-disciplinary field. If we abandon these relations and go back on the road leading to the co-existence of non-human beings, natural environment, artificial intelligence and humans, Nature – our only refuge – will deprive us from any support; Anthropocene will become our last chapter.

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