This event is the conclusive symposium of ‘Trust me, I’m an artist’. Artists, ethicists, scientists and representatives of the institutions involved in the series will present their vision and thoughts, followed by a performance from artist Maja Smrekar on which an ethics panel will respond.
‘Trust me, I’m an artist’
Can the arts play a role in understanding the ethical issues arising from new (bio)technologies? Are ethics a form of art or does making art need ethical approval? ‘Trust me, I'm an Artist’ investigates the new ethical issues arising from art and science collaboration and consider the roles and responsibilities of the artists, scientists and institutions involved.
This event is the conclusive symposium of ‘Trust me, I’m an artist’, after editions of the project in Amsterdam, Brighton, Copenhagen, Berlin, Dublin, Ljubljana, Paris, Prague and Riga. Artworks that bring issues such as gene editing and responsibility, humanity’s radioactive heritage, self-experimentation, human tissue culture and sculpture, interspecies communication were presented before a public ethics panel.
‘Trust me I’m, an artist’ is a series of performative events (before a live audiences) where a specially selected artist will propose an ethically complex artwork to a specially formed ethics committee (following the rules and procedures typical for the host country), the ethics committee will then debate the proposal and come to a decision, the artist will then be informed of the ethics committee’s decision and, alongside the audience, they can enter into a discussion about the result.
This symposium will address questions such as: What can ethics learn from the series of ‘Trust me, I’m an artist’? Can ethics become an artistic practise? Can ‘Trust me, I’m an artist’ lead to reframing research questions? Do art and culture organisations need ethical approval; do we need ethical institution?” Artists, ethicists, scientists and representatives of the institutions involved in the series will present their vision and thoughts.
A ‘Trust me, I’m an artist’ ethics panel will take place reflecting on the art work K9 Topology of Slovenian artist Maja Smrekar. Smrekar researched the co-evolution of humans and dogs, taking the measure to create a genetic hybrid of the two species. More details about the exact program will follow.
Entrance to this event is free. There are limited place available so please register via Eventbrite.
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‘Trust me, I’m an artist’ is a project supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission, coordinated by Waag Society with partners Art Catalyst, Kapelica Gallery, Medical Museion and communication partner Leonardo-Olats. Lead artist is Anna Dumitriu and lead ethicist is Prof. Bobbie Farsides.