PERFECTION / SPECULATION




PRAKSIS Residency 18: Perfection / Speculation proposes a multi-disciplinary investigation of the meanings and ethics of genetic technologies

Perfection / Speculation connects with body cultures of the past, present and future. Developed with artist and designer Adam Peacock, it is supported by a dynamic relationship between its two residency partners: the Vigeland Museum and queer live events co-ordinators Karmaklubb*. The project revisits the work of Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) to investigate past and future constructions of gender, race, sexuality, age, body politics, and the notion of the ideal human. Building on Karmaklubb*’s agendas, it aims to probe the social and digital cultures arising from discussions and practices around genetics and the body, and to establish a hub within global conversations about future impacts of designed technologies on our bodies.

Perfection / Speculation ran an online research agenda between from 2020-21, with international residents gathering in a dual-hub residency between Oslo and London in Summer 2021, culminating in a party, and exhibition and talk series at the Vigeland Museum.

Keywords - Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Consumer Psychology, Cybernetics, Digital-Matter, Fine-Art, Generative-Art, Human-Computer Interaction, New Media, Post-Humanism, Soft-Materiality



‘Perfection / Speculation In Conversation With Lucy McRae’, Photo Katharina Gellein Viken & Charles Kriel, 2021

Still from ‘Perfection / Speculation Clash’ Project, developed by Perfection / Speculation Residents, 2021
Karmaklubb* x PRAKSIS x Adam Peacock ‘Perfection/Speculation’ party / ‘Queering the museum’ at the Vigeland Museum, 2021. Photo by Julie Hrnčířová

Karmaklubb* x PRAKSIS x Adam Peacock ‘Perfection/Speculation’ party / ‘Queering the museum’ at the Vigeland Museum, 2021. Photo by Julie Hrnčířová

Still from ‘Perfection / Speculation Clash’ Project, developed by Perfection / Speculation Residents, 2021
‘Perfection / Speculation In Conversation With Natasha Vita-More’, Photo Katharina Gellein Viken & Charles Kriel, 2021
Karmaklubb* x PRAKSIS x Adam Peacock ‘Perfection/Speculation’ party / ‘Queering the museum’ at the Vigeland Museum, 2021. Photo by Julie Hrnčířová
Karmaklubb* x PRAKSIS x Adam Peacock ‘Perfection/Speculation’ party / ‘Queering the museum’ at the Vigeland Museum, 2021. Photo by Julie Hrnčířová

Research publication and video outputs due to be released in 2022


PRAKSIS Residency 18: Perfection / Speculation

Developed with:, Adam Peacock

Collaborators, KarmaKlubb*, The Vigeland Museum, Danai Papadimitriou

Residents, Marte Aas (NO), Jonathan Armour (UK), Louis Alderson-Bythell (UK/DK), Trinley Dorje (CA), Saleh Kashefi (IR), Adam Peacock (UK), Erika Stöckel (SE/NO), Lior Tamin (IL) and Bobby Yu Shuk Pui (HK/NO)

Perfection / Speculation Research Agenda Lead, Adam Peacock
Perfection / Speculation Research Agenda & Clash Video Project, Marte Aas, Jonathan Armour, Louis Alderson-Bythell, Trinley Dorje,  Adam Peacock, Erika Stöckel, Bobby Yu Shuk Pui
Perfection / Speculation Clash Video Project Edit, Louis Alderson-Bythell, Bobby Yu Shuk Pui

Perfection / Speculation Research Film Creative Direction & ‘In Conversation With’, Adam Peacock
Perfection / Speculation Research Film & Edit, Katharina Gellein Viken, Charles Kriel
Perfection / Speculation Research Film Assistants, Bobby Yu Shuk Pui, Nicholas John Jones
Perfection / Speculation Research Film Produced by: PRAKSIS

Perfection / Speculation Dinner Hosts, PRAKSIS Oslo; Charlotte Teyler, Nicholas John Jones, SuperTed the dog
Perfection / Speculation Guests, Alette Reinholdt, Ana María Bresciani, Daniel Marablanca, Danja Burchard, Maike Statz, Emmer Stower, Hege Tapio, Jarle Strømodden, Jonathan Goodman, Kristin Rudstaden, Ingrid Vatnar Eikje, Sigrid Bratlie, Stine Hufthammer Indrelid, Geir Haraldseth, Frida Marida, Cassie Brøskive

Research Visits Made To: BioArt arena in Norway (NOBA), HeidnerBio, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Henry Moore Foundation, Menneskeverd
Online / In-Person Research Presentations From: Department of Archaeology Human Evolutionary Studies University of Cambridge, JAG assistanse, Kreftforeningen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)