The Getty Gives $17 Million to Museums for Pacific Standard Time, The New York Times
(un)disciplinary tactics: Beatriz da Costa showcases the collaborative work of Beatriz da Costa (1974–2012) as an investigation into technoscientific experimentation, political activism, and art-making, contextualized for our contemporary moment. In the spirit of da Costa’s practice, (un)disciplinary tactics weaves together an exhibition, publication, public programming, performances, educational workshops, and study groups to evoke da Costa’s approach. The exhibition will open at LACE in September 2024.
Born in Germany, da Costa collaborated with artists, scientists, activists, and students from various technoscientific communities. While a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, she was deeply interested in the intersection of art and robotics and began to work closely with the collective Critical Art Ensemble. In 2003, she joined the core faculty at UC Irvine’s innovative Arts, Computation, Engineering (ACE) program. Da Costa passed away in 2012 after a long battle with cancer, leaving her Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness program at UC Santa Cruz unfinished, along with many other projects. For (un)disciplinary tactics, LACE will reactivate several of her projects, including her most famous collaboration: PigeonBlog, a community science project developed in collaboration with engineers, scientists, and pigeons to track air pollution data in California.
ABOUT PST ART: ART & SCIENCE COLLIDE
Southern California’s landmark arts event, Pacific Standard Time, returns in September 2024 with more than 50 exhibitions from museums and other institutions across the region, all exploring the intersections of art and science, both past and present. Dozens of cultural, scientific, and community organizations will join the latest edition, PST ART: Art & Science Collide, with exhibitions on subjects ranging from ancient cosmologies to Indigenous sci-fi, and from environmental justice to artificial intelligence. Art & Science Collide will share groundbreaking research, create indelible experiences for the public, and generate new ways of understanding our complex world. Art & Science Collide follows Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (September 2017–January 2018), which presented a paradigm-shifting examination of Latin American and Latinx art, and Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980 (October 2011–March 2012), which rewrote the history of the birth and impact of the L.A. art scene. PST ART is a Getty initiative. For more information about PST ART: Art & Science Collide, please visit: pst.art