Taboo – Transgression – Transcendence in Art & Science 2023 [Deadline for submissions: 31/1/2023]Marilena Pateraki
The fifth international conference Taboo – Transgression – Transcendence in Art & Science will take place September 27–29, 2023 in Valletta, Malta. Including theoretical and art practice presentations, TTT2023 continues to focus:
(a) on questions about the nature of the forbidden and aesthetics of liminality as expressed in art that uses or is inspired by technology and science, and
(b) on providing uncensored space for creative transformation in the merging of science and art. Following TTT2020 Vienna/Online, the steering committee of the conference is excited about the possibility of a community reunion in the beautiful physical space of our hosting partner the Malta Society of Arts.
Since the beginning of time, taboo has traced the edges of experience. As with Icarus, whose excitement turned a blind eye to risk, leading to a deadly fall, humans have always had an unorthodox relationship with rules defining the borders of knowledge and experimentation. What constitutes the limits of the accepted, however, has to be read within the ethical horizons of a specific time frame. It is not uncommon that what seems outrageously transgressive in one moment, can eventually transcend to a commonplace practice. Limits are continuously put to test as contemporary scientific experimentation pushes forward our idea of the world, in quest for answers but also for solutions allowing us to overcome the problems present in our lives. Progress in fields such as the human genome editing, the creation of cyborgs and any human-like artificial intelligence, are only few examples presently generating double-edged questions on the nature of humanity. One could easily recall Dr. Frankenstein, whose ambition to solve the mystery of life and death ends up revealing the threshold of control between creator and creation.