Organization: Tysiąc Najsiąniejszej Słońc / TNS Foundation
Curator, concept: Marek Rogulski
Curatorial collaboration: Dorota Grubba -Thiede
Cooperation – partners: Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, Scientific Circle of the Faculty of Painting and OTHERS, Academy of Humanities and Economics in Łódź – AHE Łódź, National Museum in Gdańsk
Patronage: ARTLUK, Sopot State Art Gallery
The exhibition was co-financed by the City of Gdańsk.
„WETWARE: PROLIFERATION AND premonition”
”Exhibition at the Institute of Cybernetics of Art
We can perceive works of art in their material aspect as programming information carriers
and stimulating the course of social processes. The exhibition proposes a reflection on works of art and artistic activities through the prism of the term WETWARE – the growth of biological structures
and physical ones that enable the manifestation of mental processes. The psychologist Karl H. Pribram coined the term „wetware” 1 to emphasize the biological specificity of the ability to transmit various types of information through biological structures (neurons).
According to some researchers, social reality is to a large extent a functional reflection of the structure of the brain. Communication between neurons can be a model for communication and interaction between people. Both types of processes are elusive in terms of the interpenetration of physical and mental information of processes (body-senses / brain-mind) (social structure-institutions / culture and art).
The complexity of the structure of modern societies is increasing. In the theory of analytical functionalism, Herbert Spencer compares society to an organism that integrates various functions.
PROLIFERATION is a term for strong growth of something, rapid development, reproduction, lush growth, spreading, rebirth, the possibility of renewing itself. (At the same time, in the philosophy of science, the term is tantamount to the postulate of creating alternative, to the currently applicable, points of view on the issue under study.) We can relate the proliferation processes both to the dynamics of the development of societies and nature (Clive Hamilton – „Defiant Earth” 3) and mutual interaction and the interdependence of these processes. (…)
The eponymous PREVIEW can be understood as an opposition to the assumptions made consciously
and deliberately (rational) resulting from the analysis. These types of assumptions work well, for example, in such fields of human activity as administration, management, production, organization of society.
However, direct solving of social problems is not mechanistic – their important element is both empathy and the ability to empathize.
Information processing in this area could be graded by verbs like: Attachment / tenderness – Passion / passion – Imagination / sanctification.”