The Art of Science, Technology, and the Environment
For more than thirty years, James Balog has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era: human modification of our planet’s natural systems. To reveal the impact of climate change, Balog founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted.
“I have been experimenting with the connections between art and science since the 1990s, when my work focused on white light holography. In 2007 I began working with acrylic Lichtenberg figures, and during the seven years since then, I have attempted to push the process into increasingly complex forms." - Todd Johnson
“These paintings reference four of the many Swiss scientists who’ve contributed greatly to our understanding of the world: Leonhard Euler, Albert Einstein, Carl Jung, and Didier Queloz. The graphs, diagrams, handwritten notes, symbols, and marks are vestiges of each scientist’s inquiry." - Lynda Lowe
[Expanding Galaxy is part of] “a series based on fractal forms – the shapes created by the ongoing processes of Life, such as the branching of plants to catch the sunlight, the convoluted unfurling of clouds, the formation and fracturing of mountains from the forces within the earth, the jaggedness of the coastline as it interacts with the sea . . . Because of the non-linear, reflexive nature of real life, these processes tend to follow spiral paths." - Craig Schaffer
“As humans, we have a fascinating capacity to visualize mathematics. Our analytical concepts can be visualized, written down in notation, and then shared as a logical and visual language for others. These creative issues from our minds are analytical expressions, and the visual process of rendering them is analytical expressionism. This is the world I explore while painting.” - Michael Schultheis
"By printing the U.S. constitution on the archetypal consumerist printing medium, the device commodifies the most important document of the United States of America. The posture of the hacker as a figure of socio-cultural change is explored through the lens of a technological guerilla apparatus." - Thibault Brevet
"I am interested in the issues that are raised when apparently “natural” objects are synthetically constructed, blurring the boundaries between these two culturally determined labels. Other areas of our lives are also involved in this global process. My work as an artist calls upon my scientific training, during which I became aware of the importance of drawing in order to understand histological and botanic structures. I work with man-made and natural objects encountered in everyday life, analyzing and reworking them until their original condition – natural, artificial or digital – is brought into question." - Elisabeth Eberle
The exhibition was curated by Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.
Project coordination, data integration and design by U.S. Embassy to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Many thanks to everyone from the Embassy and Art in Embassies involved in the project and to the Google Cultural Institute as a partner.