Original course Art & Science: catalysis of creation / Dmitry Bulatov


The original course «Art & Science: catalysis of creation» is part of the Educational and debating program for Karelian creative youth being initiated and organized by the Creative Industries and Cultural Tourism Development Fund with the support from the Open Society Institute.




Supervisor  Dmitry Bulatov


Dmitry Bulatov is an artist, curator, art theoretician. He organized a series of exhibition and publishing projects addressing various aspects of the relationship between art and high technologies (sci-art, robotics, genetic engineering, etc.). His works were featured at different international exhibitions including the 49th and 50th Venice Biennials in 2001 and 2003, the Ars Electronica Festival in 2002, etc. Bulatov lectured in different institutions of Russia, the USA, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Mexico, Singapore and Hong Kong. In 2007 the Wired magazine (San Francisco) listed him as an author in its top 10 most interesting new organisms of the year. Dmitry Bulatov is an editorial board member of the DOC(K)S magazine on contemporary art (France). He is The Innovation national award winner in contemporary art. Bulatov works as a curator at the State Center for Contemporary Art / the Kaliningrad branch. 


Course schedule

Among the factors that set a new trend for intelligence and creativity today is everything that evokes imagination, creative ambitions, and the desire to realize ideas and produce something absolutely new in this world. Technology-driven art is one of the means that contributes to the comprehension of technology and science frontiers. How innovative can the creative interaction between science and art be? Joint developments of scientists and artists show that it can be inventions or discoveries, intellectual metaphors and many more. Anything that can be called an innovative intellectual project. 


It is obvious that you shouldn’t consider scientific and artistic research as a mere methodological basis for carrying out innovative experiments. First of all, it should be treated as a universal format of a cultural expression and a cultural action. Only in this case the study results of scientists and artists can significantly influence today’s thinking and social life. The course will introduce different cultural aspects of art and sciences and cover strategies that ensure the development of innovative trends in contemporary visual art.    


April 26, 19.00 – 21.00

What is contemporary art? The ratio of «artistry» and «contemporaneity». Specific character of media art. «Humanitarian» and «physical» technologies. Structural limits. Case studies. The star factory vs. the idea factory.

April 27, 19.00 – 21.00

Long-term trends in technical and sociocultural fields. What is the third modernization?  A techno-biological piece of art. Metaphor vs. metabola. Case studies.


April 28, 19.00 – 21.00

What is post-biology? Contemporary art and artificial life (ALife). A range of problem of ALife. Analysis of works. Bio/genetic engineering in contemporary art. A semi-living sculpture. Analysis of artworks. Discussion.


April 29, 19.00 – 21.00

Hybrid arts. A range of problems of a techno-modified body. Contemporary art and robotics. What is wet media? Tissue and stem cells engineering. Analysis of artworks. Discussion.


Photo: Svetlana Mickailova