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Into the MRI Tube for Art's Sake

Working with Artist Eli Joteva

Image: IntraBeing, Copyright Eli Joteva

During her residency at Fraunhofer MEVIS, media artist Eli Joteva created a remarkable installation: To obtain the material for her digital artwork, the Bulgarian lay down in an MRI scanner for hours. The result: a digital installation called “IntraBeing.“ It shows oversized organs and highly complex webs of nerves that move meditatively and mysteriously right before the viewer's eyes.

The third artist residency, which Fraunhofer MEVIS is organizing together with Ars Electronica in Linz and the International Fraunhofer Talent School Bremen, led by me and Sabrina Haase, is once again being held in cooperation with the Walle School Centre in Bremen. For the first time, the UCLA ArtSci Center in Los Angeles is also involved. The title of the program is “STEAM Imaging“ – STEAM stands for the linking of science, technology, and mathematics with other disciplines, such as the world of art. The starting point of the residency is to bring artists together with scientists and school students to transcend disciplinary boundaries, develop flexible forms of learning and collaboration, and teach skills to use new technologies effectively and critically. The residency allows artists to engage in intensive exchange with MEVIS experts and to link their work with the latest scientific methods and approaches. An integral part of this is the joint development of the STEAM online course for young people. Based on the unusual alliance of art and science, it breaks new ground in approaching scientific and technical topics at school.

The work can be seen from 8-12 September 2021 at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, one of the world's most renowned events for media art. Alternatively, it can be experienced in one's own four walls – via the internet as “augmented reality.“


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