Transpositions: Artistic Data Exploration

Transpositions: From science to art (and back)

Gehard Eckel

The final research event of Transpositions: Artistic Data Exploration, a research project by Gerhard Eckel, Michael Schwab and David Pirrò

Stockholm, October 4 to 6, 2017

In cooperation with the Royal College of Music, the Royal Institute of Art, the Royal Institute of Technology, Färgfabriken, Audiorama, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz and University of Applied Arts Vienna.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN. Register at before September 1, 2017.

Science and art are usually held distinct due to the different kinds of processes that they employ as well as the character of the conclusions that they draw. However, what if artists where to extend scientific methodologies while radicalising their stance in post-conceptual art under the heading of ‘artistic research’? How can scientific data be pushed to the limits of representation?

We think that science and art will still follow their own respective trajectories, yet they will start to ‘talk’ to each other in unexpected ways once their practices are enmeshed. After working with scientists and their data from fields as separate as computational neuroscience, particle physics, cosmology, and molecular biology, and after preparing our artistic responses, we want to find out the character of our scientific-artistic conversations and how we can push the work even further.

Transpositions are artistic forms created from scientific data that respect the epistemic potential of their material under aesthetic conditions. Extending representational registers, such transpositions propose a new aesthetic-epistemic logic of material difference rather than formal identity. Placing the focus on transpositional operators – their inner workings and as strict logic – suggests inconsistencies are not detrimental to knowledge but are necessary stages in a game of heightened complexity.

Keynote lecture by Hans-Jörg Rheinberger.

With contributions by: Magnus Bunnskog, Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback, Leif Dahlberg, Luc Derycke, Agostino Di Scipio, Gerhard Eckel, Örjan Ekeberg, Sabine Höhler, Victor Jaschke, Ioana Jucan, Anders Lansner, Tina O’Connell, Daniel Peltz, David Pirrò, Hanns Holger Rutz, Martin Sahlén, Pelin Sahlén, Michael Schwab, Karolina Sobecka, Phoebe Stubbs, Nina Stuhldreher, Neal White, Marcus Wrangö and many more.

Wednesday Oct 4

14:00-16:00 (KMH)

Presenting Transpositions, TP project team, Introduction

16:30-17:30 (KMH)

Transpositions: From Traces to Data to Facts through Preparations, Models, and Simulations, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Keynote lecture

20:00-21:00 (Färgfabriken)

Objects of Uncertain Origin, Daniel Peltz and Ioana Jucan, Opening performance

 Thursday Oct 5

10:00-12:00 (KKH)

Engaging Transpositions: Science and Art, part I, TP project team, scientists and guests. Moderated by Phoebe Stubbs, Panel discussion transposed onto the stage of artistic research

12:00-14:00 (Audiorama)

The Illusion of Simultaneity, TP project team, Audio-visual installation

12:00-14:00 (Audiorama)

503 cluster waves, Marcus Wrangö, Audio-visual installation

12:00-14:00 (Audiorama)

Friedman balancing a pencil on its point, Magnus Bunnskog, Audio installation

14:00-16:00 (KKH)

Engaging Transpositions: Science and Art, part II, TP project team, scientists and guests. Moderated by Phoebe Stubbs, Panel discussion transposed onto the stage of artistic research

16:30-18:00 (KKH)

‘Experiment on a bird in the air pump’, Karolina Sobecka, Performance and discussion

20:00-21:00 (KMH)

Complexity and Complication, TP project team, Concert installation 

Friday Oct 6

10:00-11:30 (Färgfabriken)

Objects of Uncertain Origin, Daniel Peltz and Tina O’Connell / Neal White, Discussion

13:00-14:00 (Dome of Visions)

The Rattler, TP project team and David Granström, Performance installation

14:30-15:30 (KTH)

Deep Architectures of Enquiry, Tina O’Connell / Neal White, Excursion / incursion

16:30-18:30 (KMH)

From Data to Process: Algorithms that Matter, Hanns Holger Rutz and David Pirrò, Project launch with guests

19:00-21:00 (KMH)

Dinner (with special ticket)


Online registration is open now.


Attendance is possible at two rates:


SEK 200 – without dinner

SEK 400 – including a dinner buffet on October 6 at 19:00.


Book your ticket at

Booking closes September 1, 2017


Transpositions: Artistic Data Exploration is funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF (PEEK, AR 257)


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