Ariel Wilner a science-based contemporary artist
Tell us what you do and your beginnings.
I am a science-based contemporary artist with a background in Evolution and a PhD in Molecular Genetics. My interests lie in communicating those aspects of reality that I believe are not adequately addressed in the public agenda.
What does your work aim to say?
My work aims to generate reflection on a specific aspect of reality. While society welcomes most available technologies, those that intervene with molecular precision on food are considered heretical by the majority of enlightened people. This leads to delays in the solution of Hunger, affecting 800 million people worldwide. An NGO made up of 160 Nobel Laureates has linked to my work, "The Challenge Of Life, Theme specific," and GoldenRice.org has uploaded "Lack Of Light" to their website. This shows that I am following a path of strong interaction with reality from Contemporary Art. Contemporary art is alive and utilitarian, although it's hard to define what it is.
Where do you find inspiration for your art?
I find inspiration for my art in the analysis of reality itself. My upcoming exhibition in Buenos Aires, "Neoteny," celebrates the beauty and power of nature and evolutionary force.
Could you give us some insight into your creative process?
My creative process is facilitated by various technologies, including my cell phone, which is my main office. I use all available technologies to give shape, content, and color to my ideas. Recently, I have been fascinated and entertained by Artificial Intelligence.
What are your future projects?
My current focus is on the "Neoteny" exhibition, and I plan to address topics such as Microbiota in general, but the Human Microbiome in particular. It is an issue that has a significant impact on people's quality of life, and I feel it is not adequately addressed in the public agenda. I have several projects in mind, and what I am most excited about is working with my team to debate ideas, compare thoughts, methodologies, tools, and more.
Interview by Gabriela Berardi