Audrey Rangel Aguirre
Audrey Rangel Aguirre is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of Art and Science. She has recently graduated from Master Arts and Science at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Class 2021. Born in Mexico City, Mexico and currently living in the UK, she holds a BA. Fine Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, specifically sculpture. She also studied Visual Arts in Mexico's National University, and has participated in exhibitions in Italy and England. Audrey is currently exploring the biological realm through visualization of microscopic images and research on microecosystems and microbiology through the lens of artistic intuition.
In my video 'Lost Knowledge', I created a sequence of images that are photographs of organic matter seen under the microscope. The organic matter explored comes from: plants, flowers, carbon powder, living cultures on agar plates, algae, soil and human skin. Each image is linked to one another creating a chain of cells. My attempt is to create a flow of organic matter through images of cells that enters the digital realm in which we interact now.
The relation with the theme of Carbon - Borders - Voices is a speculative and philosophical attempt to cross political and systemic borders that are fixed on the cultural and social system. A border can be cultural, physical, economic, and political.
Trespassing the border of biological knowledge to achieve a successful view on how humans can interact in a more respectful way with the ecosystem. The biological border is now being trespassed with practice that explores the intersection of art and science as a key factor to find solutions to our current crisis.
Exploring the microscopic realm to trespass political and cultural borders in a climate crisis emergency context
Seeking for universal knowledge through cellular consciousness
In the context of the climate crisis, I see the connection of art and science as a powerful tool to allow humanity to reach new borders of knowledge, that is coded in nature and our relationship with it. Mind synapses are a chance to engage with the cosmic and universal language that echoes in the natural world. The connection of art and science as the force that enables Us to reach new horizons, may be the answer to respond to our current emergency. Artists can intuitively create and imagine possibilities and scenarios that belong to the future. Is in this force that the possibility for potential new realities emerge.
The creation of knowledge as an artistic language, is a point of departure to imagine solutions, and, combined with scientific knowledge as a propeller, We obtain knowledge that allows human consciousness and civilization to grow and expand. Artistic intuition is an element that expands any given scientific theory, and the artist’s value lies on the fact that there are no limits on the artists minds. Artists don’t have limits on their imagination, thus are capable of reaching even new worlds, from the past, the present or the future. Worlds that are contained on ancient or contemporary moments in the universe.
I am researching the microbiological realm as an attempt to go further in my vision of the natural world. I think of the microbiological realm as a border that is there to be trespassed, as a philosophical thought that can be reached. Borders can be physical, intellectual, political, or economic. I propose the exploration of the biological field as a philosophical and aesthetic action and statement confirming the knowledge of ancient civilizations and populations marginalised by colonial and political reasons. Crossing the border to reach knowledge otherwise denied by the system of class and racial levels.
Ancient civilizations pulsating through my DNA and echoing their universal knowledge through tissues of cells, matter, thoughts. These pulsations of living universal knowledge trespassing matter and political layers through time, centuries, unknown ages.
Through creative intuition, artists create new paths for humanity to evolve consciousness.
My proposal takes the shape of a video in which I show photographs of matter seen through the microscope. The images are microscopic details of organic matter: flowers, carbon powder, bioplastic, plants, algae cultures on agar plates. I want to show my research of the biological realm, and in a sense, this project is focused also on different types of borders: the biological realm seen through the scientific approach, which is new and wonderful to me as an artist, and the ideological and theoretical border of knowledge, that is permanently trespassed by the artist as part of the artistic practice.
Can the intersection of Art and Science be one of the solutions to address the climate emergency? Who controls and makes sure there is an ethical approach to make research and to do experimentation without reaching ethical limits? What is the role of the artist in this new era of Art and Science connection?
As I see it, the role of the artist is crucial in this new way of producing artistic and scientific knowledge, as the artist can provide with high ethical values and use artistic practice to show new ways of doing things and approach certain processes that belong to the new stages of human civilization.
In my video 'Lost Knowledge' I intend to create a sequence of cells that enter the digital realm in the shape of a video. These are organic cells that come from organic matter. What have We lost as human beings in this process of digitalization of life and culture? I would like to bring the organic and the living matter through this video and introduce it into the digital flow. As a way to introduce organic matter on the digital realm.