art, natural sciences, artistic research, curatorial research, interdisciplinary research, transdisciplinary collaboration
“The Zone” is a research-based transdisciplinary collaboration with Bronyn Lace, Marcus Neustetter, and Johannes Jäger supported
by the Art and Culture Section of Federal Ministry Republic of Austria.
THE ZONE is a meeting place, where experimenters and explorers are not defined by titles or disciplines, but by what lies
between their knowledge network and personal experience.
Both visual arts and the natural sciences have an extensive history of collecting and presenting their knowledge through institutions.
Institutional environments have long determined the conditions of this presentation, often governing and constraining the
manners and languages within which these disciplines are expressed and accessed. Despite deep and ongoing connections and
intersections concerning inquiry and exploration in the arts and the sciences, when it comes to exhibiting their work, the
information is largely partitioned and taken out of its complex native context.
The challenges created by economic and political turmoil around the world not only generate socio-cultural complexities, but
also lead to a set of crises in both disciplines. Eventually, the resulting survival mode leads to polarization and drives
both arts and science into an intellectual corner. It narrows the range of possible forms of exploration and constricts the
perspectives that are considered valid or valuable in each field.
Both institutional and intellectual constraints reinforce each other, generating a void that isolates and separates our personal
and scientific processes of sense-making. This prevents many of us to be truly present in our lives, to properly sense and
grab the opportunities inherent in a world that is more dynamic, complex, and interconnected than ever.
Potential solutions to this far-reaching and fundamental problem require new kinds of integrated and holistic sense-making,
combining artistic and scientific ways of seeing and exploring the world. The idea is not to find an intersection between
arts & science, to translate one into the other, or to bridge the gap between the two. Instead, we explicitly recognize the
dialectic tension between our first- and third-person perspectives on reality as a potential source of a new kind of embodied
knowledge, the foundation of a new intellectual eco-system—the Zone. Exploring this new conceptual dimension will take us
into directions that neither artistic nor scientific methods can explore on their own. This is the central impulse behind
Basak Senova, Marcus Neustetter,, Jäger, Johannes, Bronwyn Lace