Entry Fee Free
Organizer Art Center Nabi, SK Innovation, SKTelecom
Artist João Martinho Moura
Exhibition Manager HyeIn Jeon
Exhibition Curator Heeyoon Choi
Exhibition Coordinators Yeajin Cho, Yukyung Chung
Promotion Soyoung Lim, Yukyung Chung
Video Editing HoMan Kwon
Video Transmission HoMan Kwon
Design Soyoung Lim
Exhibition Inquiry 02 2121 0949
The word ‘Confluence Point’ is created from the ‘confluence’, the intersection of two rivers with even width, and leads to the broader insight where two different ideologies unite. Art Center Nabi represents Joao Martinho Moura, the media artist, introducing Sci-Fi Miners (2019), a new experience on confluence point between science and art, and logic and idea, and discovering up-to-date possibilities at «Confluence Point», COMO&HAPPY SCREEN from May to July. Beyond the handiness and efficiency technology currently, possess, the experimental progress on Nanotechnology on the purpose of environmental preservation and sustainable growth, Sci-Fi Miners was born and came out to the world to bring the reproduction of invisible and insensible Nanoparticles to the life. This work consists of successive experimental progress, beginning with the seriousness of the Earth’s present environment condition, recognition of issues on rare natural resources’ preservation, to the necessity of discovery of alternative materials with the help of Nanotechnology. Using visual software such as an advanced electronic microscope, the artist shows the reproduction process from extracting the particle in visual material of various size, shape, and structure, to the data and images in artistic achievement. Especially virtual reality work helps the audience with better visual understanding and recognition of the given issues and leads them to the practical way to solve them. This exhibition will hopefully awaken the global environmental issue and bring great opportunities to numerous scenarios of future Earth while encountering the Sci-Fi Miners, a world of Nanotechnology. The artist Joao Martinho Moura, and the Art Center Nabi, we believe this will question all of us the actual meaning of ‘Confluence Point’ through pondering of our aim on new technology and the future.
* Work designed by João Martinho Moura with the support of the STARTS Residencies as part of the STARTS program of the European Commission, based on the technological elements of the CritCat Project.
Sci-Fi Miners(2019), Video Installation, Virtual Reality, HTC VIVE, Video monitor, PC
Sci-Fi Miners (2019) is both scientific and artistic research. It has begun as the part of STARTS program of the European Commission, based on the technological elements of the Critcat Project sponsored by the European Union. Through an active relationship with the INL, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, and Aalto University, Finland, this work is joint research on recognition and discovery of the new possibility of alternatives with the abundant material from the rare natural resources, and still working on the project aiming at sustainable Earth. Sci-fi Miners explores the possibility of the replacement of critical materials with improved nanoparticle control technology in the way of the audio-visual method. The artist and the other researchers are especially concentrating on the 6 elements total, the platinum group metals (PMGs). They are an essential catalyst for eco-friendly energy industry even though the extraction process costs high and takes a long time, compare to the obtaining only a few grams from the tons. The artist emphasizes the value of the research to solve this generation’s issue with the technology we have discovered, and reporting the dry out of existing material and spreading the idea of no more dependence on them. The Art Center Nabi believes this is beyond just scientific and technological research, it is a social and artistic activity.
<About the Artist>
João Martinho Moura is an artist/researcher born in Portugal. His interests lie in media art, interfaces, digital music, and computational aesthetics. Has a special interest in art/science, visualization, and interactive artifacts. Presented his work and research in a variety of art and science conferences worldwide. Has collaborated in art/science works for INL (International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory) and ESA (European Space Agency). Member of the Braga Media Arts, UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Received, in Lisbon, the National Multimedia Art & Culture Award, for his contributions in the field of the media arts in Portugal. His work was presented in a variety of places in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, México, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, UK, USA and was included in curated collections: the Processing curated collection (USA, 2008), Selected Works ARS ELECTRONICA Animation Festival (Linz, 2012), the SLSA Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (USA, 2013), Fundación Carlos Slim (Mexico, 2015), the World Financial Center (China, 2017), and the NATO Arts Program (Brussels, 2019).