Science meets Art - Together with Yanran Cao, Hüttinger begins its first Artist-in-Residence program

In May of this year, our newly established Artist-in-Residence program was announced and presented at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg, whereupon the students had until mid-June to apply with their concept drafts. The winner of this fellowship will be given the opportunity to realize their concept with free access to material, production possibilities and the technical know-how in the Hüttinger workshops. The final project will then be presented to the public during the Blaue Nacht (lit. The Blue Night – The Long Night of Art and Culture) 2019 in Nuremberg.

The jury, which consisted of Professor Holger Felten and Professor Eva von Platen-Hallermund as representatives of the academy, Andreas Radlmaier, head of the project office of the Cultural Department of the city of Nuremberg, and Hüttinger managing director Axel Hüttinger, intensively evaluated the submitted designs based on idea, creativity and feasibility. All the sketches had great potential and impressed the jury with their various aspects and inventiveness, which did not make it easy for the jury to make a decision.

Ultimately, the design by 26-year-old Yanran Cao with the working title breathe convinced the jury of four. The Chinese student, who has been studying Fine Arts at the academy since 2015, submitted an idea for a cube to interact with the viewer. Based on this concept, she will continue to work on it and produce a prototype in company's workshop starting in October of this year. At the Blaue Nacht on May 4, 2019, her work of art will be presented to the public for the first time.

The guiding idea behind this project is to combine art and science and let them interact with each other. Through this integration of natural sciences and art, the thesis is to be taken up that natural science also has an aesthetic dimension and art also a cognitive dimension.
After realizing projects with renowned artists such as André Heller, Jennifer Townley and Anthony Howe in recent years, Hüttinger is now also giving young, up-and-coming artist Yanran the opportunity to exploit her artistic potential and realize her work with the support of German engineering.

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