Art, inclusion, controversy and imagination
Science engagement institutions that aim to present contemporary scientific and technological research must necessarily face questions about future social/ethical implications and scenarios. Much contemporary science research can be recognised as controversial and the uncertainty of its outputs and applications opens up debates that may benefit from imagination as well as from a good dose of self-criticism. In order to do so, they advocate for a less rigid relationship with the idea of truth, and highlight the importance of the concept of “uncertainty” in both artistic and scientific research. From an artistic perspective, artists Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr – whose research at SymbioticA in Crawley is focused on life forms that overgrow the common concepts of normality and nature – present a reflection on the role played by context and its relationship with the artworks and its viewers.