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Strange Attractors


A Multi-format Symposium.
Co-organized by CUE Art Foundation and Taney Roniger.
November 4 – 15, 2017.

With the current groundswell of interest in interdisciplinary thinking sweeping the arts and academia, the intersection of art and science is becoming increasingly promising terrain for many contemporary artists. But with the two fields representing such distinct epistemological enterprises, prospects for a mutually beneficial partnership remain unclear. The objective of this symposium is to examine some of the underlying assumptions and motivations of this burgeoning movement, to clarify what its practitioners seek to accomplish, and to consider ways in which an art-science alliance might contribute to the larger cultural discourse of our fraught and complex century.

Co-organized by the CUE Art Foundation and Taney Roniger, Strange Attractors features a panel of distinguished artists, scientists, writers, and curators in a ten-day online dialogue, initiated by a live lecture given by art historian James Elkins at the Foundation’s Chelsea gallery. Both components are free and open to the public, and readers of the online symposium are encouraged to contribute through moderated comments. Strange Attractors concludes with a social gathering at the Foundation gallery welcoming all participants. As a follow-up to the conference, selected participant essays will be published in the December/January issue of The Brooklyn Rail which will be dedicated to the intersection of art and science.

Full details to be announced.


In-Person Event
Saturday, November 4, 3-5PM.
Opening Presentations: James Elkins, Matthew Ritchie, and more, at CUE Art Foundation

Online Symposium
Sunday, November 5 – Tuesday, November 15.

In-Person Event
Saturday, November 17, 5-7PM
Strange Attractors Mixer at CUE Art Foundation

The Brooklyn Rail Critics Page
December/January issue