Scientific Delirium Madness 2017

From the gallery introduction by Djerassi Executive Director Margot Knight: "Djerassi Resident Artists Program provides monthlong residencies in a wild and remote environment. In its 39 years, more than 2,400 artists and scientists have been encouraged to take risks, pursue their individual practices and explore new collaborations. There is no work product requirement. But in the hands of the passionate creator, idle time is never really idle.

Five years ago, the Djerassi program created a partnership with Leonardo/ISAST, a relationship that now includes support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative and private donors. This made perfect sense for us. The late Dr. Carl Djerassi, co-founder of the Program and eminent scientist and playwright had initiated several art/science projects including plays, operas and books in the Program’s early days. Formalizing a science/art residency was the next logical step.

Selected from more than 200 applicants and nominees, 11 experimental souls arrived as strangers in June and left as friends in July. They included biologists, a choreographer, physicists, composers, an engineer, visual artists and writers. Renaissance men and women, all. They came from the east and west coasts of the US, Switzerland, France and Texas. All new relationships are tentative, but 30 days turned tentative into tenacious. The residents performed, read and created for each other. They stayed up all night talking. They danced together. No fewer than THREE brand new musical pieces were composed and performed. I have no doubt they and their predecessors are changing the world in seen and unseen ways."

This Year's Residents

Physicist/Composer
United States
Biologist
United States
Media Artist
United States
Dancer & Choreographer
United States
Writer
United States
Physicist
France
Biologist/Founder
Switzerland
Materials Scientist, Steve Wilson Fellow
United States
Marine Biologist, Musician
United States
Media Artist
France
Biologist
United States

Blog Posts from This Year's Residency

By Katharine Hawthorne

The following are a selection of the wishes for the future generated by audience members who attended my performances of Between the Wish and the Thing at the Boulder International Fringe...

By Ken Eklund

"When the world ended, in April 1784, the shrapnel spread far and wide. I shouldn’t have been surprised to find a piece, a BIG piece, had landed on the Djerassi property, but I was." Art in the...

By Adria LeBoeuf

Even the gophers struggle

Tunnelling in dense caked dirt.

Fissures grow deeper

Widening the space between the plaques of dry brittle grass 

The matter straining,...

By Patrice Le Gal

Focusing light at the bottom of a tea cup is an every day experience, but a precise observation of the light pattern shows a very simple but singular bright curve with a clearly recognizable...

By Anna Davidson

Starlight Concert at Djerassi 

By Ken Eklund

Wherein the operating instructions for the Djerassi artist-scientist residency come to you one random sentence at a time

By Katharine Hawthorne

The following are a selection of the wishes for the future generated by visitors to Djerassi's Open Studios/Open House event on July 16:

 

I wish we/I could learn from our/my...

By Katharine Hawthorne

I am making a dance that asks the audience to imagine the future.  The following wishes for the future were generated from my personal studio practice with dancer Elizabeth Chitty, as well as in...