Dis/Believer gives focus to contemporary artists who engage in ideas and moments when science and religion intersect. The concept is inspired by the ever-deepening conflict surrounding the reconciliation of scientific theory and spiritual faith, due to an explosive rebirth of religious fundamentalism and rivaling exponential discoveries in science. Debates on the compatibility of the natural and supernatural are raging in many forms of media and often feature scientist versus theologian, fundamentalist against atheist, and evolutionist opposed to creationist. The resulting dialogue is illuminating, divisive and exhilarating.
Visual artists are grappling with this concern and expanding the discourse in provocative and enlightening directions. Dis/Believer gathers a diverse selection of media in a conversation that spans from the origins of life to ethics in biotechnology, and from predictions of apocalypse to technology’s role in faith. The grouping of artists offers a fresh and fascinating perspective on the complex debate of science and religion.
Participating artists: CarianaCarianne, Compassionate Action Enterprises, Teresa Diehl, The Glue Society, Industry of the Ordinary, Kysa Johnson, Marci MacGuffie, Joe Meiser, Trong Nguyen, Joshua Thorson. Sandra Yagi
Related programming: Panel Discussion, “Evidence of Things Un/Seen: The Art of Reconciling Science & Religion”; and a performance by Industry of the Ordinary, Ten (Reprise), at the opening reception.
Curated by Neysa Page-Lieberman.
Click below to see the exhibition catalogue. (Contact me to request a hard copy.) Includes essay by philosopher Stephen Asma.