NOVEMBER 12-14, 2019
Can we improve humans by augmentation of some functions, a robot arm or modification of DNA? What does it mean to be human, and can the perception of being your authentic you, be augmented, and are you more authentic then? The possibilities to manipulate pictures and data, also raises questions, both in art and in science - what does authentic mean?
At the AHA!festival 2019 (12-14 nov) with the theme Augmented Authenticity, we wish to shed some light on these, and other related questions and perspective. The AHA!festival is bringing together artists, students, researchers and other, to curiously explore and share thoughts on the theme.
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As a contrasting perspective on the development in society today, the pure is often mentioned, the authentic. It can be a reaction on our more and more digitalized and artificial world, with for example artificial intelligence and the way autonomous vehicles, process our reality to be able to interpret it. Here can also be included reflections on the superficial and importance of packaging, sometime on the expense of function and the authentic/honest. Why do we need to specify for instance real gold? Is it because the authentic is coveted and rare, and there is something labeled fake gold? The possibilities to manipulate pictures and data, also rises questions, both in art and in science, on what does authentic mean? This include ethical aspects in research, when does an augmentation of something, result in that it is no longer authentic? When is an augmentation rather an expression of a personality, and a unique application of an individual artist? Can an augmented authenticity be more authentic than the original authenticity? Is the authentic clarified or changed? What is authenticity in the society today? How do we relate to the development in society, and how does the development affect authenticity?
The AHA festival explores encounters between investigates the meeting between art and science during in a three-day event at the Chalmers University of Technology hosted by the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering and the Department of Physics. It is an international festival intending intended to provide a stage for enlightening and surprising experiences, staging surprises, new thoughts and displaced perspectives that lead to alternative modes of thinking about exploring the world through art and science. We invite scientists (physicists, historians, astronomers, engineers), artists (dancers, musicians, painters, poets, acrobats) who reside in these borderlands and wish to share their vision and work.
The relation between science and art has become more complex, but is just as important to attend to. Their meeting is still that of theory and practice, but also something more: a meeting of causal connections and meaningful coherences, of given conditions and unsuspected possibilities, of the order of things and our own place within it.
Today, ”science” no longer refers to systematic knowledge, but rather to a highly professionalised, specialised and often technically advanced activity intended for the production of empirically secure facts. Similarly, ”art” is no longer a methodical ability, but rather a complex and autonomous activity comparable to science: the creation of images, sounds, and other forms of sensuous experience with a most immediate effect. Forms that grab hold, shake up, leave us at a loss. Experiences that make us question ourselves and the world around us.
By bringing together science and art, architecture has provided an ideal playing field for such a confrontation for the first two festival in 2014 and 2015. In 2014, October 21–23, the first festival investigated the theme ‘embodiment.’ In 2015, November 2-4 the festival explored numbers, an underlying element in our lives. In year 2016 the festival was a joint voyage between the Departments of Architecture and Department of Physics to explore the theme ‘uni-verse,’ the fabric of life. All festivals offer three days of seminars, workshops, conversations, exhibitions, concerts, performances, and mingles, through thought-provoking experiences, hands-on surprises, itinerant perspectives, and savoury ideas. The festival welcomes students and researchers from all universities, and the general public, to turn the searchlight onto the relation between two different– but equally important – human activities; ’Science and art.’