Špela Petrič, Miha Turšič & Exascale projects

Articles on the collaboration: 

The race towards exascale supercomputing targets 2020

The semiotics of supercomputers

Supercomputers inspire artworks

Špela Petrič and Miha Turšič have been working together for several years and have a background in natural sciences, new media, bio art, product design, space culturalisation and postgravity art. We merged our efforts in the development of new artistic methodologies as a response to new conditions, knowledge and technology; to research the subjective, context dependent value of scientific knowledge; the development of artistic entities; to study the human condition in relation to the non-human; and to research art and humanities in outer space.

We approach our work through a historical, epistemological and methodological understanding of topic. Extensive theoretical research is followed by experiments and finally the manifestation of the artwork. Through the collaboration with scientists and engineers we intend to gain a comprehensive understanding of an emerging technology, its scientific foundation, potential applications, future issues and challenges. In next phase we would rethink the emerging technology, expose it to methodological subjectivity and configure its position in the context of humanities and artistic relevance. We are not that fascinated by the emerging in the technological itself as by the meaning of emerging in relation to becoming a new human. The choice of the medium of manifestation, be it an installation, performance, intervention, or video (likely a combination of them), will be in the service of the artwork. If necessary, we will invite additional collaborators in the execution phase of the project.

We will strive to develop

1)       artistic entities made out of an emerging reality,

2)       an artwork that would trigger human imagination and emotions,

3)       a composite of contemporary and future humanity

                                                                                                                         — a ’21st century fresco’.

Špela and Miha will be collaborating with FET-projects working towards Exascale computing, such as INTERTWINE and Mango

George Beckett, University of Edinburgh (INTERTWINE):

Mario Kovač, University of Zagreb (MANGO):

Podcast: Špela Petrič & Miha Turšič

Artists Špela Petrič and Miha Turšič and scientist George Beckett talk about their approach to supercomputer and supercomputing in relation to the FEAT residency. They focus and agree on the place of collaboration between art and science and put human at the center of the priorities.