“Reconciliation with the living” was hosted in the Aria Art Gallery in Florence, Italy, on the occasion of Art For Tomorrow, an event organized by the Democracy and Culture Foundation with a significant numbers of personalities and high-level decision-makers.
Michaël Zancan is an artist from Bordeaux, France, who has worked as both an oil painter and a creative programmer since the early 90s. In 2021, he discovered in blockchain technology the ideals of decentralization, and in NFTs, a tool that challenges the art market and gives artists and collectors the ability to connect and the freedom to invest in art and engage in social projects without prejudice or intermediaries.
Zancan practices a genre of art that he describes as “generative-figurative” with a focus on rendering nature using computer code and mathematical formulas. His series “Garden, Monoliths” or “Lushtemples” encourage discussions about virtuous and toxic interactions between technology and the natural world. Zancan is currently the most sought-after artist on Tezos, a blockchain known for its minimal environmental impact.
British/Colombian artist Matthew Plummer-Fernández works across physical and digital media, critically and playfully examining the interre- lation of algorithmic systems, popular culture, and contemporary issues. Their work fuses Generative Art, Critical Design, and Internet Art, and has been exhibited extensively, commissioned by institutions including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, AND Festival in Manchester, and ZKM in Karlsruhe. Several works are in the permanent collection of Centre Pompidou in Paris, and was recognised with an award of distinction at Ars Electronica in 2014.
Paweł Grzelak is a three-dimensional artist who has transitioned from design to art over the last two decades of experimentation in the field. Specializing in the procedural approach enables him to mimic natural pro- cesses such as growth or decay. In his animated series, he combines the pat- terns, behaviors, and shapes observed in deep-sea species with the distinct appearance of microscopic imaging, resulting in the creation of new, digital life forms.
Phaust is a generative art collective based in London and Brighton. With backgrounds in computer science and neuroscience, their work explores the eternal intersection between art and science. Randomness is explored and embraced as a creative force and a way of examining our place in in- creasingly complex systems. Embracing the liberty of deploying code for aesthetic means, they also look to investigate the nature of collaboration. Be that collaboration between individuals, between human and machine, between us and nature, or with those who came before us. They are excited by the dynamic possibilities of generative art and the many different ways we can learn through it.
Nikolina is interested in humanity’s psychological connection with Nature and strives to expose the consequences our everyday actions have on the environment. The artist works with fragile ecosystems creating artwork in- spired by locations specific to each project. Her subjects range from global warming, deforestation and coral bleaching, to processing and interpreting visual landscape and cultural associations.
Nikolina Kovalenko received her MFA from Moscow Surikov Art Institute (Moscow, Russia) in 2011 and studied at Universität der Künste (Berlin) in 2010. She holds a Gold Medal from the Russian Art Academy. The artist cur- rently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Polina Kuznetsova is a contemporary artist born in Kharkiv (Eastern Ukraine).
One of the main places in her art practice is the landscape, as evidenced by the poetic glorification of Ukrainian nature in the series “Magic Landscapes”. Polina graduated from the Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Art. Her works were presented at numerous international exhibitions including the United States, EU, China, and the Philippines.
The 4th Block
Association of Graphic Designers The 4th Block together with the PosterTerritory initiative presents selected environmental graphics that are part of the Biophilia Poster Collection.
Association of graphic designers The 4th Block is a non-profit organization that has united graphic designers worldwide to find new ideas for overcom- ing the world’s environmental and social problems through the art of post- ers. Nowadays, the International triennial of eco-posters “The 4th Block” is the most significant design festival in Eastern Europe.
PosterTerritory initiative is a multimedia platform that launches environ- mentally conscious poster exhibitions and graphic design campaigns in the US and abroad. The projects under its umbrella promote environmental, so- cial, and political causes and feature works by many renowned contempo- rary artists.
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