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Rhizomatic Thinking

ATTEND

Curiosity, a new path: An open letter 

Dear friend of ArtBizTech,

Four years ago and two years after the formation of ArtBizTech, we started bang. Prix as our nonprofit arm with the aim of supporting the intersection of art, technology and science. We started out through a set formula of an open call, mentorship, workshops, talks and an exhibition. It brought us local recognition as an interdisciplinary art platform, and more importantly it gave us a community of emerging artists and curious technologists who banded together under our umbrella. This year we expanded bang. Prix into an international platform with a new practiceoriented model. We’ve only just concluded the first quarter of the year, which has been no short of upheavals, uncertainty and breakdown, but bang. Prix has been there, up and running, thriving more than ever before from the solidarity that has grown amongst our participants. It is providing us with the motivation and fresh perspectives to keep us working through hard times towards better ones.

Like a child that has grown to feed the ones who have been taking care of it in return, bang. Prix started to give back. We are often surprised and humbled by the approaches and insights we learn from our participants and the energy that radiates from every meeting. And since our work at bang. Prix has made us a player in the interdisciplinary fields of art, we feel it is time to return to the territory of business and iteratively dissolve its sphere so that it may allow for the interplay of affinities as an extended ecology.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WORLD WE INHABIT SEEMS TO UNRAVEL LIKE THE STUFF OF FICTION, TOLD IN BEDTIME STORIES AND CAUTIONARY TALES?

Concepts of life and death that were before spoken in abstract terms are now numbers, statistics, dashboard material. How do we now describe the world now, and in the future? A new language is needed to re-perceive the world, a new language with which we build – knowingly or not – systems of beliefs and subsequently systems of operations and design which shape it.

We are fortunate to be immersed in the inspiring world of art crossing with science and technology. But those discussions invigorated in contemporary art must also be held outside of it, even if they should exist in different forms. Despite appearing to be from distant fields, art is no longer simply the stuff of imagination, beauty and craftsmanship meant for awe and fascination.

CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS TODAY ARE ALSO THE RESEARCHERS AND CRITICAL THINKERS OF A TIME IN WHICH REALITY AND FACTS ARE CONSTANTLY QUESTIONED.

They may not have the answers to solve planetary problems, or inventions to improve daily living, but their questions are undeniably important in developing the way we frame what is happening around us and explain the world to ourselves, our teams, and future generations.

It is within this context that we have conceived Rhizomatic Thinking, the new pillar of ArtBizTech, aside from our ongoing work with Design Thinking. Rhizomatic Thinking is a workshop program where every session, or Circuit, is developed and co-hosted with an artist whose research and focus informs the theme of the session. It is built on two aims:

  1. To introduce a new language for businesses and organizations to unbuckle habitual terminologies, templates and matrices from our language of communication and operation, to ultimately reframe and re-perceive crises and changes.
  2. To initiate a model whereby artists are credited as researchers and critical thinkers, not only producers of artworks.

While we are in the midst of constructing the final model of this new venture, we would like to invite you to join our Circuit Tests which will be held over virtual platforms that you are already familiar with. These pilot sessions are important for us to explore and define how we may configure and sharpen our ideas into an accessible and effective reality. We would be glad to have on this journey.

Circuit Test #1 – Future Archeology with Christiane Peschek – 15 April 2020, 4pm (GMT+3)

christiane artwork

Co-developed and hosted with Vienna-based artist Christiane Peschek, the first Circuit will feature the theme Future Archeology, a long-time research focus of Peschek’s art practice. Gathering on Zoom, we will commence with an introduction by Peschek on the topic, followed by a facilitated but open Q&A on the topic, and concluding with prompted speculation among participants. After the session, the Circuit continues to be open for questions and thoughts on a forum through Riot. How will archeologists of the future discover how we live today? How are artefacts generated in the era of  touchscreens? What is the human spirit captured in data, still images and facial recognition? Pandemic or not, are we facing human extinction?

If you have any enquiries, please send us an email at info@artbiztech.org .  Our Circuit Tests will be held over 2 hours, and will be free of charge. If you feel that you’ve gained a new perspective, learnt something meaningful, or simply had fun, you may show your support to us by spreading the word with friends and colleagues.

With curiosity, we will find a way.

Yours sincerely,
ArtBizTech

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