Fusion:AIR | 2022

Unexpected (RE)solutions - How the process drives the outcome

“Unexpected (RE)solutions” highlights the work processes underpinning artistic and scientific creativity, revealing the methods employed in both studio and laboratory practices. Ideas, their formation, and representation are shaped by practices that may be repetitive or spontaneous but are never arbitrary. In science, the process provides structure, focusing on problem-solving with well-defined objectives, clear stages of observation and experiment, and deductive and inductive reasoning leading to hypotheses and theories. The artistic process, conversely, is often seen as demystifying the creative act or as a creative act in itself, without a clear end goal. We propose identifying techniques migrating between the disciplines, characteristics forming the foundation for collaborative practices.

Processes like iteration, methodological determinism, and serendipity are found in both disciplines, generating innovation. But how do these processes manifest in scientific research laboratories and artists’ studios? What conventions dictate objectivity, and what role does speculation play? Both art and science refine methods and concepts based on their relationship to norms, with questioning, “trial and error,” and unconventional paths crucial in leading to unexpected results and new creative directions.

The Fusion AIR residency encouraged artists and researchers to explore the connection between their working process and the production of ideas and artworks, navigating their own approaches in search of creative breakthroughs. The resulting artworks merged imagination with technique and technology, making visible unexpected transitions between reality and fiction. Speculative approaches brought the rigor and aesthetics of scientific images closer to the public, showcasing the joy of experimentation shared by artists and researchers alike.




Cultural project co-funded by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund (AFCN). The project does not necessarily represent the position of The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.

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