Einstein said: “If we knew what it was we were doing it wouldn’t be called research, would it?”
“The Institute of Unnecessary Research” presents a new paradigm in the way artists are engaging with the world through transdisciplinary practice and connective aesthetics. Bringing together art, science and philosophy by creating participatory audience experiences, performances and installations. Sometimes humorous and sometimes grotesque, their work pushes the boundaries and critically questions the means of knowledge production in the 21st Century. Artists are innovators, if a new piece of technology or a new medium, becomes available; artists want to try it, to experiment with it- from microbiology to robotics; from tissue culture to neuroscience. Some artists take on the role of a scientist in almost a performative way and some scientists become artists themselves. Philosophy and ethics is always at its core and the work unpacks the instrumentalization of science for commercial and political ends. Forms of “connective aesthetics” are used to engage the audience in a participatory experience that extends and generates new outcomes throughout the exhibition and go beyond simple interactivity, throwing authorship into question, as members of the audience are inspired to become Unnecessary Researchers in their own rights. The IUR is a hub for researchers and artists working experimentally and deeply engaged with their specific research areas. We present our research through performative and experiential methods, engaging the public and new audiences in our ideas. We organise performance events (many of which can be seen here) in art galleries and other non-traditional settings (including: universities, businesses and festivals) to engage the public in our research and meta-research. We also create participatory workshops, where participants become the researchers and learn about our work experientially. We are specialists in our specific research fields and deeply committed to making our work accessible. We offer exhibitions (curated around specific themes in our research), talks and organise symposia and are able to suggest speakers for events. To organise a special IUR event, get involved with our work, be kept informed about events or for permission to use images please contact us. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Projective Geometry Alex May recently exhibited his interactive installation “Shadows of Light” and created a live video mapped installation at Tate Modern. The work was shown between 6:30-7:30pm on Friday 26th May during VASE, an evening of immersive and interactive audio and visual presentations, as part of the #hyperlink Festival. The installation was brought to life before the eyes of visitors using Alex’s own video mapping software “Painting with Light” which is available to download free of charge and aims to make this technology accessible to artists. See here for a video of the performance and here for a review.
Alex May (Head of Projective Geometry) will be speaking and running a workshop as part of Brighton Digital Festival in September entitled “Painting with Light”. He will be speaking about his approach to video mapping as an artistic medium and launching his new free software. For more information and to book a workshop see here. The software is now available for download here.