Gianluca Bianchino/ As I go about my career making works in dialogue with science, and therefore participating in Sci-Art to some extent, I still believe the category itself is potentially unnecessary for it is the result of defining a trend and less so a movement in art. We are in a strange age that orbits the very edge of Postmodernism, echoing the long undefined boundary of the solar system the Voyager space-crafts are traveling through. Before these space-crafts securely reach another system will they be traveling through a forever undefined border? Perhaps we are currently making our way through an ambiguous region of our own as artists whose trends and categories are driven more by fierce market forces than intellectual rigor. What will be the next definable phase in art and will that bring back movements as opposed to fashions? That being said I still believe that Sci-Art will persist in growth while continuing to act as a branch of art more than science; this I think is due primarily to the question of its audience, still undetermined or perpetually in flux. Will Sci-Art generate an affordable market to scientists if they shall be its principal audience? Some good things have been said in this symposium about its capacity to evolve outside of mainstream markets. It’s almost as if Sci-Art is squatting on unclaimed real estate. What happens when the developers come? Run!
Sci-Art will continue to grow as a trend, and potentially a movement in the near future particularly if it engages in further challenging the political climate in service of innovation and energy efficient technology. However, I honestly don’t think that art and science will merge into one discipline without there always being art for art’s sake lurking in the background, inconveniently stressing self reflections upon Sci-Art as one would hope it does upon other branches of culture. Art’s primordial interests in abstraction, with or without scientific inquiry, will continue to prevail and bring about new aesthetics of its own. This very independent artistic space is the true nursery of poetic sensibility in visual language. It is a fundamental organism of human thought that will always find a way to carve itself a new path within the “creative” hemisphere. While abstract art will always persist, Sci-Art has to worry about longevity and possibly extinction.