About

Grid Spinoza is a project that explores the artistic and scientific research processes, methodologies and dynamics. The project is built around an online platform that contains an open archive of articles and audiovisual interviews with artists and scientists while it develops a programme of experiments, residencies and workshops related to different national and international networks. Read more.

 

 

Repository

The open online archive is an essential tool for the project Grid Spinoza. The archive has been developed in Drupal and it contains articles and audiovisual interviews with scientists and artists.

 

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Synergy: Interdisciplinary Theory and Practice workshop

Interdisciplinarity and interdisciplinary research are widely acclaimed as being loci of innovation and new knowledge and ways of solving difficult diverse problems, with the capacity to bridge epistemological and ontological divides. Such practices involve many challenges, precisely because they necessarily cross disciplinary boundaries. Read more about the workshop.

Experiments

The “Experimentos” of Grid Spinoza are workgroups where artists, scientists and members of the team of Grid Spinoza share and Exchange ideas and look for points of confluence among different conceptual approaches and research methodologies. The content of these sessions is given by the conclusions and the fields of interest that the project Grid Spinoza generates during its development. In this sense these sessions are also a framework where, directly or indirectly, the own methodologies of the project and its advances are reviewed collectively while at the same time that new directions and lines of work are opened.
The “Experimentos” of Grid Spinoza usually have the format of a work session and have the characteristic of gathering artists and scientists from very different disciplines and research fields. The methodology used in the “Experimentos” is based on a previous review of documents and audiovisual interviews from the online archive of the project as well as other documentation provided by the participants in each “Experimento”. After that the group defines the questions that are going to be the starting point for the discussion. The methologies used during the development of the session go from reading and viewing new documentation to visualising concepts by means of in-situ collaborative conceptual maps. The conclusions of these sessions are always open and presented in different formats (texts, videos, conceptual maps, ...) and made available to the community in the open online archive of the project.

We have carried out three “Experimentos” so far:

Experimento #1: Brainstorming on artistic and scientic research processes

During this “Experimento” a team conformed by staff from Hangar and PRBB established the exploratory fields which were the starting point for the project. These fields were:


Producing research:
Which are the optimal conditions for doing research projects? What we need to take into account when we plan a research project? How can we identify common needs and resources? Which tools do we already have and which others would be needed? What are the general timings for research projects? How these timings interact with the production and the communication phases of a project?

Error and challange
What is the role of the errors in the research processes? How  can we exploit and evaluate their potential? How can we manage their impact? What are the motivations for taking risks? What kind of risks we can identify in the research processes?

Abandoned projects
Which approaches, methodologies and processes can we identify for abandoned ideas? What happens with the ideas after they are abandoned ? Can we imagine a “new life” for them? Which are the abandoned ideas that are later brought into the public domain for being recycled? How can we do this?


Experimento #2: the uncertainty and the metaphor like points of confluence between artistic and scientific research.

During the projects’ first year of life, interviews with scientists and artists were carried out in order to understand and compare how they research and to gather a deeper knowledge about the research methodologies they employ. One of the aspects they share in common is the use of two concepts that are constitutive of both fields: the use of the metaphor as a generator of knowledge and uncertainty as one of the driving force for research.

Experimento#2 was designed by the members of the research team of Grid_Spinoza as a space in which researchers from the Art and the Science fields could share ideas and work thoroughly on these two aspects. The activity was a closed-door meeting among artists, cultural producers and scientific researchers from the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park, conceived more as a workgroup than a public event.


To begin with we reviewed document with some of the ideas collected from the interviews with artists and scientists carried out during the first year of life of the project. After that, a debate was conducted with the participation of an invited moderator. During the session different points of view of uncertainty and metaphor as points of confluence between artistic and scientific research were discussed and put under scrutiny while other aspects related to research processes and methodologies were also discussed.

This paper collects some of the conclusions of Experimento#2 together with some other points of view and opinions about the same topics taken from the articles and the audiovisual interviews of the online archive of the project.

The artists and scientists participating in this Experimento were Alberto Gracia (artist in residence at Hangar), Octavi Comeron (artist and researcher at Universidad de Barcelona), Susana Noguero (artist and member of the collective Platoniq), Manuel Beato (scientist from the  PRBB), Cristina Pujades (scientist from the  PRBB) and Jordi Villà (scientist from the PRBB).


Experimento #3: Art production as a mirror

The festival Screen Barcelona invited Hangar to organize a panel discussion on the production of images. For the occasion and within the framework of the Grid Spinoza project, Hangar gathered resident artists, researchers and scientists from different disciplines for an open discussion on the metaphor of the mirror as a methology for the production of images. The discussion had two phases:  a closed-door meeting and a public presentation where the original discussion group  exchanged its ideas with  the audience attending the debate.

The artists and scientists participating in this Experimento were: Usue Arrieta (artist in residence at Hangar), Fito Conesa (artist in residence at Hangar), Sergi Botella (artist and Hangar staff ), Ainara Elgoibar (artist in residence at Hangar), Mara Dierssen (Neurobiologist at the PRBB), Roger Sansi (antropologist and researcher at the Universidad de Barcelona) and Manel González (project manager at the Center for Biomedical Research - UPC).

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