On Friday 17 November the conclusive symposium of ‘Trust me, I’m an artist’ takes place. Artists, ethicists, scientists and representatives of the institutions involved in the series will present their vision and thoughts while looking into the future. The symposium will build upon the topics raised in the performance by artist Maja Smrekar that takes place on Thursday 16 November.
‘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.
Entrance to this event is free. There are limited place available so please register via Eventbrite.
Visitors can join for both the performance as the symposium. When joining for the symposium we recommend visitors to see the performance by Maja Smrekar the evening before. The symposium on 17 November will build upon the topics raised in the performance.
‘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.