Science and Re-Enchantment

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Science and Re-Enchantment

Residency
October 3 – November 14, 2013

Talk
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:30 pm

As part of the M&M Curatorial Research Residency program
In collaboration with the CAM and the Laboratorio Arte Alameda


 

During the first decade of the 21st century we have witnessed resurgence in the popular interest of science. This new wave of scientific engagement is the product of the work of influential scientists and by high impact scientific discoveries. All of the latter has been accompanied by a fierce crusade against religion and other speculative fields rooted in the magical and supernatural realms.

In the last couple of years science has shown its unlimited thirst of curiosity and thriving developments. The greatest machine ever built by the human kind is delivering evidence of the how the universe was originated whilst in a distant planet a rover is exploring traces of past life. Evolutionary ideas have permeated other fields such as psychology and aesthetics. Scientific development is an unmistakable sign of a modern world.

Max Weber observed that modernity is characterized by the ‘progressive disenchantment of the world’ meaning that society gives more value to science. This supposition states that modernism, reason and rationalization have taken away the sense of the enchantment of the world, previously provided by religion and the magical. It also supposes that science has removed any layer of wonder in the experiencing of the world.

During Nahum’s residency he will be exploring the possibility of re-enchanting experience through science itself. The outcome of this practical research will be a series of art experiments that will be presented at OBORO during the fall.

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Nahum

Nahum is an artist, curator and musician currently living in London and Mexico City. He studied at the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the Technological Institute (Tec) of Monterrey and obtained an MA at Goldsmiths University of London. His work revolves around topics in science whilst addressing its relationship to the fantastical and magical realms. Nahum has performed and exhibited his work in venues including the London Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Southbank Centre, Battersea Arts Centre, The Place in London, The Basement in Brighton, Laboratorio Arte Alameda and the Fonoteca Nacional in Mexico City. From 2008 to present, he has been an associate artist and curator at The Arts Catalyst in London. Here, he organises KOSMICA; a series of galactic gatherings that have taken place in London, Liverpool, Paris, Hasselt and Mexico City. Furthermore, he coordinates the Technical Committee for the Cultural Utilisations of Space inside the International Astronautical Federation.