NOVEMBER 12-14, 2019
Can we improve humans by augmentation of some functions, a robot arm or modification of DNA? What does it mean to be human, and can the perception of being your authentic you, be augmented, and are you more authentic then? The possibilities to manipulate pictures and data, also raises questions, both in art and in science - what does authentic mean?
At the AHA!festival 2019 (12-14 nov) with the theme Augmented Authenticity, we wish to shed some light on these, and other related questions and perspective. The AHA!festival is bringing together artists, students, researchers and other, to curiously explore and share thoughts on the theme.
Kan vi förbättra människan genom att förstärka vissa funktioner? En robotarm eller modifierat DNA, vad betyder det att vara människa? Kan upplevelsen av att vara ditt autentiska jag, förstärkas, och är du då mer autentisk? Möjligheterna att manipulera bilder och data väcker också frågor, både inom konst och vetenskap. Vad betyder autencitet?
På AHA!festivalen 2019 (12-14 nov) med temat Förstärkt Autencitet, önskar vi sätta fokus på dessa och relaterade frågor och perspektiv. AHA!-festivalen för samman artister, studenter, forskare med flera, för att nyfiket utforska och dela tankar kring temat.
The AHA festival explores encounters between investigates the meeting between art and science during in a three-day event at the Chalmers University of Technology hosted by the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering and the Department of Physics. It is an international festival intending intended to provide a stage for enlightening and surprising experiences, staging surprises, new thoughts and displaced perspectives that lead to alternative modes of thinking about exploring the world through art and science. We invite scientists (physicists, historians, astronomers, engineers), artists (dancers, musicians, painters, poets, acrobats) who reside in these borderlands and wish to share their vision and work.
The relation between science and art has become more complex, but is just as important to attend to. Their meeting is still that of theory and practice, but also something more: a meeting of causal connections and meaningful coherences, of given conditions and unsuspected possibilities, of the order of things and our own place within it.
Today, ”science” no longer refers to systematic knowledge, but rather to a highly professionalised, specialised and often technically advanced activity intended for the production of empirically secure facts. Similarly, ”art” is no longer a methodical ability, but rather a complex and autonomous activity comparable to science: the creation of images, sounds, and other forms of sensuous experience with a most immediate effect. Forms that grab hold, shake up, leave us at a loss. Experiences that make us question ourselves and the world around us.
By bringing together science and art, architecture has provided an ideal playing field for such a confrontation for the first two festival in 2014 and 2015. In 2014, October 21–23, the first festival investigated the theme ‘embodiment.’ In 2015, November 2-4 the festival explored numbers, an underlying element in our lives. In year 2016 the festival was a joint voyage between the Departments of Architecture and Department of Physics to explore the theme ‘uni-verse,’ the fabric of life. All festivals offer three days of seminars, workshops, conversations, exhibitions, concerts, performances, and mingles, through thought-provoking experiences, hands-on surprises, itinerant perspectives, and savoury ideas. The festival welcomes students and researchers from all universities, and the general public, to turn the searchlight onto the relation between two different– but equally important – human activities; ’Science and art.’