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VIDA, the Arts and Artificial Life award created by Fundación Telefónica in 1999 to promote artistic creation based on new technologies, has become one of the most prestigious accolades recognizing works that combine arts, science and technology.
Over the course of its thirteen editions, VIDA has awarded prizes to artworks made with technologies of artificial life and related disciplines, such as robotics, AI, chaos algorithms, computer viruses, biotechnologies, virtual environments and sound sculpture; 1,478 projects have been submitted from 50 different countries.
This exhibition proposal, curated by KarIn Ohlenschläger, bears witness to the evolution of the artificial life concept in connection with art and the existence of different ways of exploring and addressing the dialogue between art and new technologies.
Some of the 23 works exhibited simulate the evolution and behavior of living systems in digital media, and breathe life into inert materials. Others manipulate and transform living matter in a determined way. Through all of them, the artists try to engage us in the reflection on what is life.
The exhibition also guides us in an exploration through the coexistence between different natural and artificial species, between the physical and the virtual, the organic and the technological. These experiences bring artificial life closer to our everyday life.
Showcased works address the ethical and symbolic values behind progress in the different branches of science, and establish links between art, science, and the social, political, economic and cultural conscience.
The exhibition visit is structured into five sections that take us from the nanometric scale of DNA to the planetary dimension of life: The Code of Life); Robotics: order and disobedience; Symbiotic systems; life is communication, and Sensible membranes.
Date: From 9th May.
Venue: Espacio Fundación Telefónica. 3rd Floor