The Present as a "Space" between the past and future

  • Jill Townsley (Speaker)
  • Nicole Dewandre (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Resonances artist Jill Townsley and scientist philosopher Nicole DEWANDRE (DG EC-CAB) will present the results of their ongoing collaboration and of Jill's residency with the SciArt project at the Joint Research Centre, to the European Commission (Italy).
This multimedia SciArt talk will present the ideas, possibilities, and artworks emerging from the encounter between an artistic perspective, Jill's, and a scientific one, Nicole's. Drawing from Hannah Arendt's political thinking, they will consider the term "transformative literacy". Through visual means, Jill will play with themes such as time, temporality, natality, and Arendt's theoretical triad of labour-work-action. They will discuss their collaboration process and present the possibility of future publicly authored artworks. Their work aims to tread a creative path between the polarized states of ecological catastrophe and denial, by harnessing the energy of "now" through present curiosity and cooperation.
Nicole and Jill first met during the Resonances Ill cycle, where Jill developed The Forever-Do Project & Collaboration together with computer science researcher Carlo FERIGATO an interactive game which resulted in "data towers", sculptures made out of boxes, used as binary code in the modular build-up of the Forever-Do Sculpture.
Period9 Dec 2021
Held atEuropean Commission Joint Research Centre - Italy, Italy
Degree of RecognitionInternational