About Boris

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Boris Oicherman

I dedicated the first 15 years of my professional life to color science. When I left my research job at HP Labs, I didn't do it because I disliked technology or the corporate world. I just felt deeply dissatisfied with dedicating my life to a task defined entirely by some predetermined disciplinary and economic boundaries, histories and conventions of little relevance to me personally.

Instead, I embarked on the art practice of extreme site-specificity where the subject matter and means are products of places where art happens. It is all about complete freedom of adapting to context; of resistance to habits; of uncertainty as a state of mind; of inventing art anew in every new project; it is a practice where the craft is in learning—rather than in the discipline-specific method of treating material.

How do I learn as an artist? How do we all learn our environments as we live with them? How these two learnings converge? If they do, such mutual learning can create a democratic performative space where all element affects all others, where artists, audiences and environments merge into one process: life.

I like finding how art can connect fields of knowledge, and how questions flow between disciplines. I would like to find out how art can become a catalyst of inquiry that is free from disciplinary conventions. I like being a specialist in not specializing: art is the only discipline that allows the complete freedom of doing absolutely anything. Using this freedom responsibly is the greatest opportunity and the greatest challenge in being an artist.

From June 2017 I am a Curator for Creative Collaboration at the Weisman Art Museum of the University of Minnesota. Contact me with ideas for artistic research-based projects in academic context.