Curator Chi Essary has recruited some 18 local artists to work with an equal number of scientists from San Diego’s top research institutions. The goal for each artist is to develop artwork for EXTRA-ORDINARY COLLUSION 2.0.
Since artists interpret the world in a sensory fashion, they are ideally suited to communicate emerging science in a visual, auditory, and/or impressionistic way. For SDAI’s fall exhibition, EXTRA-ORDINARY COLLUSION 2.0, artists will channel and reveal evolving science though the creation of unique artwork.
Essary mounted the first iteration of EXTRA-ORDINARY COLLUSION in 2017 at SDAI and freely admits to some initial surprises. “Many scientists had to be coaxed into the project because they have such demanding schedules. But what typically happened was that scientists were so stimulated by the artists’ curiosity and unexpected perspectives that, for both artists and scientists, it was like joyously going down a rabbit hole.”
Because both artists and scientists had such gratifyingly memorable experiences, many asked to be included in future exhibitions. However, as curator, Essary has chosen both new artists and new scientists to participate in EXTRA-ORDINARY COLLUSION 2.0.
Scientists and technologists participating in the upcoming exhibition are associated with the La Jolla Institute of Immunology, Qualcomm Institute/CalIT2, Salk Institute, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, The Scripps Research Institute, and UCSD.
Participating artists are established, mid-career, and emerging artists including Dia Bassett, Melissa Beck, Sheena Rae Dowling, William Feeney, Becky Guttin, Hugo Heredia, Beliz Iristay, Rizzhel Javier, Alexander Kohnke, Cy Kuckenbaker, Jason Xavier Lane, Bhavna Mehta, Anne Mudge, Tim Murdoch, Margaret Noble, Scott Polach, Griselda Rosas, and Akiko Surai.
Chi Essary is an independent curator and sits on the board of Vanguard Culture. In EXTRA-ORDINARY COLLUSION 2.0, she brings together two of the San Diego region’s great cultural strengths – a thriving scientific community and a thriving arts community –to ignite cross-disciplinary collaboration and stimulate public dialogue.
Image Credit: Alexander Kohnke, untitled study, 2019, detail, acrylic, graphite, giclee print, mylar