Practicing interdisciplinarity?
States of the art

An international Workshop  10-11 October 2016
Istituto Svizzero in Rome
via Ludovisi 48

Over the last ten years, art and science have become fashionable candidates for promoting various and variously renewed forms of interdisciplinarity – be it in instrumental, dialogical or experimental terms. At times conducted under the aegis of cutting-edge science, at times opening up new research fields (e.g., artistic research), “institutional impression management” (Goffman) in terms of art-science collaborations nurtures diverse narratives, many promising initiatives and as many retrospective rationalizations, often dangling between scientism and aestheticism, productivism and criticism. Each site-specific intervention, so it seems, requires the situated achievement of its own rationale, multiple or singular. Distinctive motives for practical engagement in new configurations of art-science collaboration thus remain to be worked out each time anew, if indeed at all. To address the instable “nexus of sayings and doings” (Schatzki) in emerging art-science collaborations, this international workshop brings together leading scholars, contemporary artists, and upcoming (artistic) researchers. The principal aim of the workshop is to take stock of recent developments in art-science collaborations, make explicit some of their intriguing paradoxes, and identify some of the key challenges for future work. What are the “states of the art” of current art-science collaboration? Which key connections remain open, if not to be made, in the emerging, already wide-ranging, yet often fragmented field of art-science collaboration? And what legacies, literatures, and lines of work do they prolong, recast and sometimes invent? These and related questions will be of key interest during the two-day workshop.

The workshop is public and free of charge. Language will be English and Italian, simultaneous translation will be provided.

Monday 10 October


Lunedì 10 ottobre
Presiede: Philippe Sormani (Istituto Svizzero di Roma)
16.00 – 16.10  Saluti di benvenuto
                       Joëlle Comé (Direttrice dell’Istituto Svizzero di Roma)
16.10 – 16.30  Introduzione
                       Philippe Sormani (Istituto Svizzero di Roma)
16.30 – 17.30  Under investigation: ArtLAB in action
                       Regula Valérie Burri (HafenCity Università di Amburgo)
18.30 – 19.30  Interdisciplinarity: Historical Perspectives and Current Positions
                       Georgina Born (Oxford University)
19.30 – 20.00  Discussione

Martedì 11 ottobre
Presiede: Guelfo Carbone (Istituto Svizzero di Roma)
09.45 – 10.00  Note introduttive
                      Guelfo Carbone (Istituto Svizzero di Roma)
10.00 – 11.00  After Kant: Aesthetics and Epistemology
                       Stefano Velotti (Sapienza Università di Roma)       
11.00 – 12.00  Discrepancies: Science Galleries, Art Labs and Public Knowledge
                       Mick Wilson (Università di Göteborg)
12.30 – 13.30  Musing Over Music Technology: Bent circuits, Art, and STS
                       Trevor Pinch (Cornell University)
15.00 – 16.00  Interdisciplinarity and artistic research: where is the “inter” located?
                       Janneke Wesseling (Università di Leida)
16.00 – 17.00  A Plea for Experimentation
                       Michael Schwab (Università delle Arti, Zurigo)
17.00 – 17.30  Discussione finale

Tuesday 12 October