Boundary Crossing(s): Multi-scalar Entanglements in Art, Science and Technology


Presentation Title:

  • Boundary Crossing(s): Multi-scalar Entanglements in Art, Science and Technology



  • The panel proposed aims to investigate the notion of boundary-crossing interdisciplinary, that is, by simultane-ously considering this notion in the arts and the humanities, the biological and the mathematical sciences, as well as human geography and political economy. The artists and theorists represented will engage in a cross disciplinary dialogue that considers this notion across disparate con-tents and contexts: boundaries are used to establish delimi-tation among disciplines; to discriminate between the hu-man and the non-human (body and technologies, body and bacteria); and to indicate physical and/or artificial bounda-ries, separating geographical areas and nation states.

    The project Boundary-crossing(s), with the plural in paren-thesis, is a SSHRC funded multi-site project that comprises series of traditional panels and roundtables, participatory performances, art installations and demonstrations over the course of 6 months that will explore different practices and aspects of boundary-crossing. At ISEA, we will include reflections on activities that have transpired, and revive discussions around the relationships between virtual/data and natural environments (or the hybridization thereof); investigations on the (human or more-than-human) body and the self, its perceived or imposed boundaries, as well as by DNA surveillance, algorithmic data and data analyt-ics.

    The series will also be itinerant, literally crossing the boundaries of different spaces (the gallery, the theatre, the lab, the lecture hall) and institutions (York University, the University of Toronto, the Fields Institute, and University of Windsor), and between academia and public space. Through these processes, we ask “What is the significance of boundaries, and the value of boundary-crossing today, a time when old-fashioned ideas of boundaries appear to have been transcended in favor of more fluid conceptions, while geopolitical and institutional powers seem to rein-force and build new ones?” The panel at ISEA2020 presents the culmination of this multi-site project and will also present new perspectives and documentation of work arising from this engagement.