[ISEA2022] Paper: Carola Moujan & Agustín Ortiz Herrera — Artistic Residencies as Critical Research: Entangled Methodologies for Future Science


Short paper, theme: Futures and Heritages: Critical research, Maker culture and art studios
Venue: CCCB, date: June 15

Keywords: Artistic research, art residency, epistemological pluralism, speculative design, human and non-human

This paper presents Future Forest Diorama, an artistic research project developed at the Can Balasc experimental station near Barcelona. It reflects on the potential of artistic residencies as critical research tools in scientific environments to trigger methodological innovation and reframe complex problems at the crossroads of science, technology and society.
This is an account of Future Forest Diorama, an artistic research project and residency taking place at the experimental station of Can Balasc. Written from the artists’ point of view, it reflects on the challenges and opportunities that arise from inhabiting scientific environments, and the specific type of situated knowledge such environments afford. It advocates for more systematic accounts of the methods and tools invented on-the-fly by artists during art-science residencies to respond to the growing demand for methods of trans-disciplinary collaboration.

  • Carola Moujan (Montevideo, Uruguay, 1969), lives and works in Paris, France. After initial training in Architecture and Fine Arts in Uruguay and the United States, she specialized in Arts and Image Technology and Design in France. Ph.D in design from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (2014), her research-based work explores the entwinement of complex interactive processes between spaces, temporalities, sensitive bodies, affects, materials and code in more than human contexts. Her work has been exhibited in Madrid, Mexico, Lyon, Montevideo, Lisbon, Berlin and La Paz. Main recognitions include the Brouillon d’un Rêve Numérique grant (SCAM, 2009), two special mentions at the fifth Ibero-American Design Biennial (BID_diMAD, 2016), 2nd international call for Lyon City Design (Lyon Design, 2014), 7th international call for EAC Montevideo (Ministry of Culture, Uruguay, 2016), 1st Ecotons grant for artistic research (La Escocesa and CREAF, Barcelona, 2021) and the joint Hangar/Casa de Velázquez residency (Hangar Barcelona, 2020). http://www.carolamoujan.net
  • Agustín Ortiz Herrera (Barcelona, Spain, 1970) studied Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona (1998), and filmmaking at The New School University, New York (2003). After a period working as a screenwriter, he returned to artistic practice by completing the Master of Fine Arts at Konstfack College of Arts, Stockholm (2016). His recent projects and exhibitions include La tradició que ens travessa. Gnosis iluminada Centre d’Arts Santa Mònica, 2022, Future Forest Diorama, La Escocesa-CREAF, 2022, Ciencia Fricció, El cercle Simbiont, CCCB, 2021, Altres Temps, The Green Parrot, 2021, Vanitas, Centre d’Art Maristany, 2021, Comité Queer, Barcelona Loop Festival, 2021, Anomenar. Posseir. Crítica de la pràctica taxonómica, Artistic research project selected by La Capella / Barcelona Producció, 19/20, Artificialia: WunderChapel, Barcelona Loop Festival, 2020. In 2021 his work Fungi Fantasy and their friends Crazy Bacteria was acquired by the MACBA collection