MIND THE FUNGI
WALK & TALK #1
Briesetal | 27 October, 2018 (Day
2) Lab excursion, TU Berlin | 29 October, 2018 (Evening)
entry | Registration necessary: firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Laboratory Berlin invites you to the first
public event of Mind the Fungi, a two-year collaborative project
between the Technische Universität Berlin and Art Laboratory Berlin.
Artist Theresa Schubert will offer diverse perspectives on the
forest and its cultural meaning including a performance. Furthermore,
together with biotechnologists from the Institute of Biotechnology | TU
Berlin she will guide us through forests of Berlin and Brandenburg in
search of tree mushrooms and lichens. Samples taken will form part of
a two-year research project combining cutting edge biological research,
citizen science and artistic research.
Nejati, Carsten Pohl and Bertram Schmidt from TU Berlin
will show participants how to collect samples of fungi and lichens and
preserve them for further study and cultivation. At a follow-up lab at
the Dept. of Applied and Molecular Microbiology | TU Berlin on 29 October,
participants will be shown how to inoculate Petri dishes with samples
artist Theresa Schubert explores unconventional visions of nature, technology
and the self. She studied media art at the Bauhaus-University, Weimar.
She combines audiovisual and hybrid media with conceptual and immersive
installations or site-specific interventions that may include living organisms.
Thematically her works question the relation of humans to their environment
and evolvement of matter and meaning beyond the anthropos.
2019 further workshops and labs will explore new modes of fungal biotechnology,
which is currently undergoing a disruptive innovation process. Mushrooms,
which are produced on the basis of renewable raw materials in the biotechnological
process, will be converted, with far-reaching consequences, into packaging
materials, building materials, and even leather. Together with biotechnologists
from TU Berlin, citizen scientists, artists and designers, we invite you
to take part in Mind the Fungi.
Fungi is a research project of Prof. Vera Meyer and Prof. Peter Neubauer
of the Institute for Biotechnology, Technische Universität Berlin
and Art Laboratory Berlin.
in situ: Prototyping tools for the investigation of plant governance
September 2018, 1-6 PM
connection with the exhibition Strange
Encounters with Vegetal Others
How did wheat
manage to domesticate the human? From Pollan's perspective-bending "Botany
of Desire" to the environmental humanities' "vegetal politics",
the entanglements between plants and people are ubiquitous, mundane and
often hiding in plain sight. As part of the inquiries into Vegetal
Otherness, pela Petrič
set out to produce her own phytocracy-revealing onto-epistemological tools
that are inspired by actual institutions/domains/cultural practices framing
plant-people relations, but also playfully oblivious to their axioms and
open session invites participants to reflect on plant governance as governance
of plants by joining in a fast and funny tool prototyping session to investigate
the river Panke in the vicinity of Art Laboratory Berlin. The exercise
connects to a wider questioning of artistic methodologies, mediations,
narratives, with which we try to convey experiences with the vegetal that
often escape words.
The workshop is based on Deep Phytocracy: Feral Songs, the work-in-progress
has been developing at Nida Art Colony, Lithuania and Osmoza, Ljubljana,
generous support of the Slovene Cultural Center Berlin
25 August 2018
No registration, free entry
Left: Juan Duarte, Photo: Andrew Gryf Paterson; Sarah Hermanutz &
Nenad Popov, Live Decomposition, Photo courtesy of the artists; Laura
Beloff, Photo: Andrew Gryf Paterson
BioSignals is a series of site-specific sound art, narrations and
nature-based data streams by human and nonhuman cultural producers during
Summer-Autumn 2018, culminating with a contribution to the next Pixelache
Festival in Helsinki in Spring 2019. The artistic content of the project
will focus on creative and actual interpretations of biosemiotics, energy
as media and communication. Biosemiotics is an increasingly influential
paradigm of thinking which brings together biology and communication,
signs and signals of life in its myriad forms. In particular it offers
conceptual tools to consider communications and environmental meaning-making
from a non-human perspective, including plant and lichens, animal, bacterial,
elemental interactors, via tactile, aural and signal-based biochemical
artists will include Sarah Hermanutz and Nenad Popov who
will perform their audiovisual work Live Decomposition as well
as Pedro Soler and contributions by Andrew Gryf Paterson,
Krisjanis Rijnieks, Krista Dintere, Laura Beloff,
Lilli Tölp and
More information on the BioSignals project: https://www.pixelache.ac/projects/biosignals
in cooperation with
The BioSignals process is supported by Nordisk Kultur Kontakt Culture
and Art programme.
NOW. A Kinetic Life
Bidisha Das and Thomas Heidtmann
3 August 2018, 8PM
4 August 2018
Open: 2 6pm
Sun, 5 August, 2018
Open: 2 6pm
Artists Talk with Bidisha Das & Thomas Heidtmann, 3pm
NOW A Kinetic Life is an interactive installation
that spans a visual and acoustic connection between outer space and physical
spaces that surround us. It is an orchestra of movement using elements
from outer space, nature and human bodies as instrumentations. It is an
expression of the ever-changing moment we are living in: NOW.The installation
brings in sounds from all these spaces in real-time to a modular synthesizer,
the heart of the proposed installation, that Das has created exclusively
for the project. The synthesizer is accompanied by CubeSat-like objects
that are part of Heidtmanns "Place in Orbit" project,
wearable gloves and plants with sensors.
The experience is like having multiple ears aimed at different directions
and in various locations at the same time. The real-time data from the
spaces and the output result are unique each time it is performed: Natural
sounds and sounds from the universe, all merging together life,
that is thriving everywhere and binding us together to live in the moment,
NOW. A Kinetic Life is made possible through the bangaloREsidency-Expanded
programme by the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore in collaboration
with Lacuna Lab e.V.
(Un)Real Ecologies - Microplastics
Kat Austen & Nana MacLean
7/8 July, 2018
courtesy Kat Austen
Plastic has pervaded water, soil and our bodies. It is the new icon of
our time. During the (Un)Real Ecologies: Microplastics workshop
we will explore the presence of microplastics in the Panke River, near
Art Laboratory Berlin. How do organisms and microorganisms exist with
and construct with these human-made materials? We will interrogate the
water samples, to discover a new understanding of the reality of the Panke's
ecosystem, with plastic present and wholly a part of it - a microcosm
that allows us to ask: "what is nature?"
Part of the Shared Habitats Project, organised
by Institutio Media and funded by Nordic Culture Point:
Release Party 6 July, 2018 7PM:
Life. Machines/ Organisms, Artistic Positions in the context of Climate
Change and Extinction.
Käthe Wenzel/Manfred Blohm (eds.) Fabrico Verlag Hannover, 2018.
Machine-Organisms, organic machines: The dissolution of boundaries between
bodies and technology is becoming part of everyday life with feeling prosthesis,
neuro implants and neuroenhancement - posthumanism. Even the extinction
of the species supposedly be solved by synthetic and mechanical Ersatz-species.
What are the artistic perspectives on these developments? What kind of
threats and promises are being negotiated here?
41 artistic positions from 15 countries provide critical and visionary
views onto socio-emotional service machines - prxies and social crutches;
Ersatz: Machine environments and artificial organisms; Utopia: Prosthesis,
Utopian Instruments and substitute bodies; Connection: Mediator machines
and trans-species communication; Autonomous and obsolete machines, past
cultures of machines.
Meyer-Brandis, Alex May, Alexander Schellbach, Andras Böröcz,
Anna Dumitriu, Christa Sommerer, Claudia Schmitz, Courtney Johnson, Emma
Critchley, Giuliana Cunéaz, Guy Ben-Ary, Hannes Waldschütz,
Ionat Zurr, Jeongmoon Choi, Ji Hyun Park, Jinyoung Lee, John Roach, Käthe
Wenzel, Kerstin Ergenzinger, Laurent Mignonneau, Lisa Glauer, Lorenzo
Oggiano, Lukas Truniger, Malte Bartsch, Marie-Eve Levasseur, Michael Schulze,
Nicola L. Hein, Oron Catts, Pey-Ying Lin, PSJM, Robbin A. Silverberg,
Robertina ebjanic, Saa Spacal, pela Petric, Susanna
Hertrich, Susanna Schoenberg, Suzanne Anker, Tobias Grewenig, VALIE EXPORT,
Verena Friedrich, Via Lewandowsky, 431art
essays by KätheWenzel/ Manfred Blohm, Regine Rapp/ Christian De Lutz,
Lisa Glauer/ Helge Oder.
Nonhuman Agents in Art, Culture and Theory
Art Laboratory Berlin
58, 13359 Berlin-Wedding (across
the street from the Art Laboratory Berlin exhibition space)
a theoretical addition to our ongoing series Nonhuman Agents (June
- December 2017) Art Laboratory Berlin - along with our partners, The
Institute for Arts and Media, University of Potsdam - has brought together
international artists, scholars, and scientists from different disciplines
to discuss artistic, philosophical, ethical and scientific approaches
to nonhuman agency. Previous positions from our Nonhuman Subjectivities
series (2016-17) were also be included.
The conference started with a reflection on post-anthropocentrism by redefining
intelligence (human, animal and plant intelligence), agency and sentience.
An in-depth consideration included the role of fungi: mycelium, the Internet
of trees and yeasts. Microbial agency was explored via the phenomenon
of quorum sensing and biofilms, proposing a micro-subjectivity. There
were contributions on the microbiome and holobiome, taking into consideration
the human as nonhuman. We sought to open up a discussion to endosymbiosis
and sympoiesis, reflecting symbiotic relationships, horizontal gene transfer
and the role of Lynn Margulis in 21st century Biology and Science and
Technology Studies. Finally, the conference discussed nonhuman perspectives
under threat and proposed an ethology for the techno-scientific era.
(More information on the conference
- video documentation now online!)
on the Nonhuman Agents series
February, 2018 from 7-11PM
Documentation | Publication | Party
NONHUMAN AGENTS - in retrospect
Art Laboratory Berlin cordially invites you to revisit our 2017 programme
Nonhuman Agents in Art, Culture and Theory. We will present photo, video
and text documentation of our 2017 series of workshops, talks and exhibition,
as well as the three-day conference in November 2017.
October, 2017, 7PM
Hermanutz: ill-at-ease seep
her lecture the artist Sarah Hermanutz will discuss the relationship between
humans and wetlands, which is the focus in her long-term artistic research.
Wetlands are one of the most biologically diverse and important ecosystems
for life on earth, but within the past century mankind has destroyed over
50% of them. The artist will explore our historical and contemporary relationship
with these environments, including the tropes and prejudices that have
marginalised them and justified their continued draining and destruction.
Engagement with the uncomfortable sensory and aesthetic experience of
wetlands is proposed as essential to reintegrating humans within these
September, 2017 | 2-day-Workshop
Barnett + plan b (Sophia New & Daniel Belasco Rogers): Swarm | Cell
2-day workshop is a participatory experiment on art, performance and biology
that precedes the exhibition Nonhuman Networks. The project invites
the participants to view the city of Berlin by the nonhuman perspectives
of the intelligent single-cell organism, the slime mould, Physarum
polycephalum and GPS tracking.
aim of Swarm | Cell | City is to create the conditions for critical
and creative learning to take place, without trying to control the outcomes.
The origins of the creative exploration will derive from self-organising
principles in natural phenomena, for example using stigmergic processes.
Using the historical and contemporary topography of Berlin as inspiration,
we propose a series of experiments and activities, which explore collective
communication, cooperation and urban navigation at different scales.
of Nonhuman Agents
2017, 7-11 PM
15-17 September, 2017, 1-4PM
Results from the first three workshops of the Nonhuman Agents series,
as well as our upcoming Autumn programme will be presented at Art Laboratory
Berlin during the Berlin Art Week (in cooperation with the Berlin Network
of Independent Project Spaces and Initiatives and the Berlin Senate Department
for Culture and Europe)
the generous support of:
Network of Independent Project Spaces and Initiatives
Lecture & Workshop
Schubert: The forestal psyche
lecture and workshop are based on the artist's long-term artistic research
project on living organisms as an artistic material and medium. For this
project, Schubert dedicates herself to the potential of slime moulds,
mosses and lichens from the forests around Berlin. Slime moulds are the
largest known single-celled organisms and live from decaying matter on
the forest floor. Certain mosses and lichens are natural remedies as well
as indicators of good air quality. Apart from a scientific approach, forests
have always been places of myths, legends and fantasies. How can you combine
imagination and biotechnology in an artistic project? Can one "demystify"
hard science by interpreting it creatively?
July, 2017 |
& Performative Workshop
Pevere: Anatomy of an inter-connected system
point of this seminar is the artists research at the junction of
visual arts, theoretical inquiry and investigation of biological processes.
The seminar will focus on the discourses regarding human-nature relationship
in the frame of todays environmental crisis and how artistic practices
involving living organisms and technology can innovatively contribute
to the debate. How can artists problematise the complex interconnection
between humans and the biosphere in a hyper-technological era? With what
kind of aesthetic and ethical implications? The project aims at engaging
the audience in a performative discussion with a visual outcome.
June, 2017 |
Performative Lecture & Workshop
Lynch | Gut feelings
As part of
her ongoing research Alanna Lynch has been growing the microorganisms
that produce kombucha tea. Through the process of fermentation this symbiotic
colony of bacteria and yeasts (SCOBY) produces a cellulose material that
is slimy and smells strongly while wet and can be dried and used as a
textile. However, Lynch's interest in working with this life form goes
beyond the material properties. Throughout this research Lynch has been
actively consuming the microorganisms by drinking the tea. Given that
about half of the cells in the human body are bacterial cells and acknowledging
the microbiome-gut-brain axis whereby bacteria in the gut have been shown
to effect the mind, how people think, feel and even behave, bacteria can
be seen as radical in the potential it has to challenge categories such
as subject/object, mind/body and human/non-human.
May, 2017 |
a neural synthesizer,
will perform with Schneider TM (12 May)
and Stine Janvin (13 May) as part
#3 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin.
edition of the Technosphärenklänge series, produced by the HKW
in collaboration with CTM Festival, will present musical projects operating
at the border of art and science. Three projects the worlds
first neural synthesizer that performs with human musicians; water droplets
levitated and shaped by sound waves; and the interconnection of spatial
sound and high-energy lasers make current notions of materiality
tangible and fundamentally re-think the relationship between nature, technology
and human consciousness. All three projects require intensive research
and constant collaboration between the artists, natural scientists and
technologists. The following day, lectures and talks hosted together with
Art Laboratory Berlin will explain the research and science behind the
performances, and discuss the works social implications.
5 May, 2017
| Artist Talk
Ben-Ary is an artist and a researcher at Symbiotica (University of Western
Australia, Perth) an artistic laboratory dedicated to the research, learning
and hands-on engagement with the life sciences. Recognised internationally
as a major artist and innovator working across science and media arts,
Guy specialises in biotechnological artwork, which aims to enrich our
understanding of what it means to be alive. Guy's work focuses on tissue
engineering, microscopy and biological imaging. His research explores
a number of fundamental themes that underpin the intersection of art and
science; namely life and death, cybernetics, and artificial life. Much
of Ben-Ary's work is inspired by science and nature. His artworks utilise
motion and growth and biological data to investigate technological aspects
of today's culture and the re-use of biological materials and technologies.
April, 2017 |
Bio & Beer - Aquaponics system under artificial light
wants to explore the possibilities given by aquaponics systems under artificial
light. Hence we will set up a small aquaponics system under growth lamps.
Organised by Alessandro Volpato.
Art Laboratory Berlin programme as part of the framework of the transmediale/CTM
Mycelium Network Society
Art Laboratory Berlin will be taking part in the discussions at the opening
event of the Mycelium Network Society (part transmediale
Location: silent green Kulturquartier
Organized by Biotinkering
The three-day bio-fair brings together the players in the Berlin biohacking
scene for a series of hands-on workshops, talks and a special exhibition
featuring unique DIY laboratory equipment. The bio-fair focuses on the
elusiveness of nature, trying to rebuild the lost connection between humans
and the oldest organisms on Earth: bacteria, algae and fungi.
The fairs opens on Friday at 7 PM with a series of presentations by Berlin-based
biohackers. The program continues on Saturday 12-8PM and Sunday 12-6PM
with workshops and talks on topics ranging from 'bioluminescent bacteria'
to 'tempeh fermentation' to 'spectrometry' by Jessica Bernds, Rüdiger
Trojok and Alessandro Volpato and an exhibition of artworks by Lusi Ajonjoli
& Hong Yu, Mirela Alistar, Graziele Lautenschlaeger, Fara Peluso and
January, 2017 |
SciArt Café with BIOMOD and iGEM Team Berlin
The iGEM Berlin team (http://igem.berlin/)
presents their fifth SciArt Café. Under the main theme of "Synthetic
Biology - a toolkit for solving humanity's problems" we will hear
scientists and artists working with bioscience and afterwards discuss
topics of synthetic biology.
1. Nikolaj Koch - Introduction into SynBio, iGEM Berlin 15-17, Using
Synthetic Biology to clean our water from microplastics
2. Svenja Nierwetberg - Searching for parasites - Using synthetic biology
for diagnostics (iGEM Charité)
3. Prof. Vera Meyer - Fungal Bioart : Combining scientific and artistic
approaches in microbiology
4. plus additional talks on biology and the arts
& Beers | with Biotinkering e.V.
Do It Yourself Biology is a social movement where individuals,
with or without knowlege and training in biology, organize themselves
and study biology. Activities range from understanding basic biology topics
to building a DIY laboratory and then proceed to do research similarly
to institutions. This may be done as hobby, as open-science innovation,
or for starting a business.
there is a pool of DIY bio projects going on, though up to now an adequate
space for these projects to happen has been missing. So the local community
is organized in smaller groups, one of which is Biotinkering Berlin.
berlin e.V. is an association that promotes education, science and research.
It meets 2 to 4 times a months at Art Laboratory Berlin, opening itself
to bioart discussion and ideas.
The Bio & Beers
format is for everyone: we start with a 20 minutes presentation, followed
by discussions while having beers.
A project of Dr. Mirela Alister, Rüdiger Trojok, Alessandro Volpato
and Biotinkering e.V.
Biotinkering e.V. events
September, 2016 | Seminar
Systems: Aquatic Systems
With Robertina ebjanič, Kat Austen, Regine Rapp and Christian
de Lutz in the framework of the exhibition Aural
The current exhibition project artistically explores the interplay and
intercommunication between animal and machine while focusing on the aquatic
environment. Within this framework we want to invite you to our seminar
which will theoretically explore these and other aspects about artistic
and scientific methodologies on interspecies empathy and human-nonhuman
information and video documentation of the seminar.)
& Beers with Biotinkering Berlin e.V.
project of Dr. Mirela Alister, Rüdiger Trojok, Alessandro Volpato
and Biotinkering e.V.
kick off the use of new space with a series of weekly Thursday meetings.
The Bio & Beers format is for everyone: we start with a 20 minutes
presentation, followed by discussions while having beers. This week's
topic is: Digital biology in every home: what would you do with a personal
2016 program of Biotinkering Berlin e.V.at Art Laboratory Berlin
July - 4 September, 2016 |
Exhibition & Talks
Brandon Ballengée | Katya Gardea Browne | Pinar Yoldas
by Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz
At the Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung,
Auguststr. 75, 10117 Berlin
1 July, 2016 at 7PM.
Artists talk 3 July, 2016 at 2PM
tour: 24 July, 2016 at 2 PM
reception and curators' tour: 4 September, 2016 at 2PM
The exhibition NatureCultures explores the interwoven
fabric of both the human and nonhuman in the 21st century. The exhibition
title refers to a term coined by the American scholar Donna Haraway, which
seeks to overcome the unproductive dichotomy of nature and culture. The
side effects of human technology intrude into every environment, altering
the balance, and even the make up of what we once called nature. While
ecological disaster repeatedly threatens, there is a surprising resiliency
in the myriad of life forms on this planet. The exhibition presents three
artists who explore a realm between science and artistic research as well
as between natural and cultural forms of inquiry.
July, 2016 |
Laboratory Berlin: DIALOG
For the closing
event of the exhibition On Animals. Cognition, Senses, Play we
are pleased to invite you to an interdisciplinary dialog. There will be
fascinating contributions from diverse disciplines from art history,
philosophy and ecology.
Antonia Ulrich, philosopher and cultural theorist
Rollentausch. Planet of the Apes (1968)
Antonia Ulrich does research in the field of philosophical aesthetics,
political, media- and gender- specific conditions of philosophy and art
as well as Cultural Animal Studies. In this context, she published and
taught e.g. on artistic imitation and monkeys respectively apes in art
history and in film. Ulrich co-curated the exhibition Becoming-animal,
becoming-human in the NGBK Berlin (2009) and co-edited two issues
of the interdisciplinary journal Tierstudien: Metamorphosen
(4/2013) and Tiere und Tod (5/2014) (together with Jessica
Ullrich). Also relevant to the topic of her presentation at Art Laboratory
Berlin is her article Äffen und NachschAffen, in: kunsttexte.de
Marie Neuwald, Spokesperson for the Protection of Wolves, Nature And Biodiversity
Conservation Union, NABU
Über die gegenwärtige Situation von Wölfen in Deutschland
Since 2000 there have once again been wolves in Germany. After
the discovery of a pack living in Saxony caused much attention, people's
relationship with these new neighbours has normalised. Meanwhile about
40 wolf families live in German wilderness areas. The question of whether
wolves can survive in Germany is not a question of biology or ecology,
but a question of the prejudices, worries and fears of some people. For
this reason NABU has been running the Willkommen Wolf project since 2005.
May, 2016 |
Exhibition and Artists Talk
Nonhuman Subjectivities: On
Animals. Cognition, Senses, Play
Opening: 27 May, 2016, 8PM
Artists talk: 29 May, 2016, 3PM
and Finissage: 17 July, 2016, 3PM
runs: 28 May 17 July, 2016
There be Dragons. Human Impact on the environmentally sensitive Galapagos
and Lord Howe Islands
Moderated by Christian de Lutz (Art Laboratory Berlin)
At SPEKTRUM | art science community, Bürknerstraße 12,
February-23 April, 2016 | Exhibition and Talks
Subjectivities: The Other Selves.
On the Phenomenon of the Microbiome
Saa Spačal with Mirjan vagelj and Anil Podgornik
of the exhibition: 26 February,
Artists' Talk: 28 February, 2016, 3PM
Science Hack Day Stammtisch: 23 March, 7PM
Scientist and artist talk with PD Dr. Annette Moter and Tarsh Bates: 23
April, 2016, 6PM
with talk by Felix Navarrete: 30 April, 2016, 3-6PM
At 3PM Felix Navarrete (MA Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University,
London) will give a talk on the nonhuman, bioart and an "immunological
ethics" in reference to the philosophy of Baruch Spinoza:
makes salient the problematization of the relation between readily recognizable
"human" elements and the non-human constitutive operations that
traverse them. Included in this exploration lies the crucial, open question
of if and how we can construct an ethics commensurable to the reformulations
of agency, identity, collectivity, and even of freedom, that such works
of art force via their inhuman vantage points. We turn to the 17th century
philosopher Baruch Spinoza's thoroughly materialist and naturalist conceptual
framework as a resource to sketch out an immunological ethics that can
more adequately think through the ethical subjectivity of 3rd person reflexive
pronouns." (Felix Navarrete)
the talk there will be an informal reception. Artist Tarsh Bates and curators
Christian de Lutz & Regine Rapp will be present.
Exhibition runs: 27 February 30 April, 2016, Fri-Sun 2-6PM and
by appointment. (29
April open until 9PM)
February, 2016 |
Performance & Artist Talk
François-Joseph Lapointe: 1000
performance 1000 Handshakes was realized during the opening night
of transmediale/conversation piece
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557
5 February, 2016 5-6.30 PM Talk: 1000 Handshakes Towards an
Aesthetics of the Microbiome
at transmediale/conversation piece, (House of World Cultures, John-Foster-Dulles
Allee 10, 10557 Berlin)
François-Joseph Lapoint with Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz
(Art Laboratory Berlin)
As part of the opening of the 2016 transmediale festival of art &
digital culture at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Art Laboratory Berlin will
present the performance 1000 Handshakes by François-Joseph
Lapointe, curated by Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz.
of the talk
SciArt Café with Berlin iGEM team
In the run up to our next series Nonhuman Subjectivities,
opening 26 February 2016 with the exhibition The Other Selves. On the
Phenomenon of the Microbiome, we are glad to announce a series of
events together with the Vorspiel programme of the transmediale and CTM.
The iGEM Berlin team (http://igem.berlin/)
presents their fourth SciArt Café. Under the main theme of "Programming
Life - Good Code/ Bad Code?" we will hear scientists and artists
working with bioscience and afterwards discuss topics of synthetic biology.
Join us on the 31th of January from 3.00 - 6.00 pm at Art Laboratory Berlin.
After four warm up talks at ArtLaboratory Berlin, we will start the discussion
over food and drinks.
In this science café we want to address the images and techniques
in art and science that apply to the living organism at its source: the
organism as bacteria, as gene, as a storage, as connecting element, as
an imaginative. Which problems, challenges and questions drive the artists
and scientists that are dealing with life in its smallest and most complex
Biotechnology aims at prolonging life and minimizing disease. At the same
time they have to comply with strong security regulations.
The assumption that biology equals technology, which in consequence leads
to an engineer-like approach towards life, is opposed to living organisms
being complex and contingent systems. Biotechnology not longer
describes its objects. Under the lead of the industry it is more and more
split into specialized fields such as microbiology, genetics and synthetic
biology. This development is strongly connected with new hopes and imagination,
figuring a new knowledge and science of life, that might lead to both
a longer and healthier life and a new industrial revolution.
short presentations engage with different perspectives ranging from synthetic
biology, speculative science and art.
and presentation by Rüdiger Trojok
from his forthcoming book Biohacking - Gentechnologie für alle,
Franzis Publishing House (in German) http://www.amazon.de/Biohacking-Gentechnologie-Alle-R%C3%BCdiger-Trojok/dp/3645604200
In the last
several years a global movement of citizen scientists has developed with
modern biology as a particular focus: their work has become known as biohacking.
This book serves all those interested in this topic as well as beginners
by offering a basic understanding of the world from a molecular biological
perspective: Starting with the beginnings of life, the course of evolution
is explained in broad terms, according to present knowledge. Theroretical
knowledge is applied through practical examples: life can be programmed.
Using advanced software, Synthetic Biology rewrites the digital code of
Subsequently a public debate has opened on how to deal meaningfully with
this knowledge and the resulting technical possibilities. The modern understanding
of life and deeper possibilities of intervention will, in principle, change
the relationship between man and nature. Laboratories will soon be miniaturised
computer chips, which can be used locally anywhere. Genetic databases
will then represent the most important resource - but what are the limits
of this global synthetic biology? Citizen scientists now pose the question
of who can use the genarally available knowledge of modern biological
sciences, and for what purposes.
Reading and presentation in German
Popov Art Science Swap: Two Heads Are Better
The states of mind involved in that sort of science and that
sort of art are fundamentally the same. Both are seeking universal, objective
truth. - David Deutsch
As a scientist you always think you know what youre doing, so
you tend to distrust the artist who says, Its great,
or Its no good, and then is not able to explain to you
why, as Jerry did with those drawings I took him. But here I was, sunk:
I could do it too - Richard Feynman
Participants of the workshop are divided in the pairs of one artist and
one scientist. Each pair will receive a problem to think about, each using
their own method. That is the easy part. Then they are asked to switch
roles - artists are supposed to think about the problem as scientists
and scientists as artists. They monitor each others progress continuously
and help each other. Then the process is repeated. Over a few iterations,
both should have a glimpse into the methods of both art and science.
Hermanutz: Mind Blind: Therapeutic Interventions
for Human/Nonhuman Communications
In her performance-lecture Sarah Hermanutz draws upon methods and aesthetics
of academic lectures and psychological testing/treatment to engage with
the gaps and pains of cross-disciplinary knowledge transfer. What does
it mean to be a mind-blind human, and how does this impact
one's ability to function in a normal social environment?
Can we engage via creative analogy with this conceptual framework to better
understand the difficulties faced by humans to interact with the non-human
community? What new insights can an artistic exploration of autism research
and Mind Blindness provide for our understandings of (mis)communicate
November, | Finissage
Hertrich: PROSTHESES. Transhuman Life Forms
runs: 26 September 29 November, 2015, Fri- Sun 2-6PM and by appointment
Open 27 November 2-9PM
29 November from 3PM
2015 | Panel
Body Enhancement. About Prostheses, Extensions and Cyborgs
Panel Discussion with
Susanna Hertrich | artist
Enno Park | author, co-founder of Cyborgs e.V.
Regine Rapp| curator, Art Laboratory Berlin
Seminar in English with limited seating.
Registration required: email@example.com
by Susanna Hertrich, currently on exhibition at Art Laboratory Berlin,
are part of her long-term research project Bodies & Technology.
In this project, she reflects on the phenomenon of prostheses as an extension
of the human in the 21st century. In the context of the latest technologies
as well as current developments in the field of neuroscience and biology
Hertrich proposes new transhuman sensory enhancements. The exhibition
also presents Neil Harbisson, who has overcome colour blindness by means
of an 'Eyeborg', which translates colour into sound. Harbisson is the
world's first officially recognized Cyborg.
information about the exhibition)
October, 2015 | Workshop
Sun, 4 October, 2015, 2-4 PM (812 Jahre)
Please register at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Laboratory Berlin will show children (between 8 and 12) the fascinating
objects and images of the artist Susanna Hertrich. What are Protheses?
How can we extend our bodies? How do we really want to appear? Today people
can seemingly change their bodies almost at will through new technologies.
We want to discover together what is really possible and how the maschine-person
of the future might live.
No fee for
children and adults. (Donations apreciated!)
August 20 September, 2015 | Exhibition,
Artist Talk and Finissage
Schubert: Growing Geometries - Evolving Forms
information about the exhibition
Bienen: A project by Tessa Zettel and
is an ongoing research project developed by Sydney-based artists Tessa
Zettel and Sumugan Sivanesan during their residency at ZK/U - Centre for
Art and Urbanistics in Berlin in 2014.
April, 2015 | Artist Talk
& Noise Music Concert
artist talk with noise music concert of his piece 3 pOstmOrtems
connection with the exhibition
bOdy pandemOnium. Immersion into Noise.
Exhibition runs: 25 April 21 June 2015
Curator's talk with Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz
talk with Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz in connection with the exhibition
[micro]biologies II: πρωτεο
/ proteo and
the [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies series.
January, 2015 |
of the [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies Library
Parallel to the exhibition [micro]biologies
/ proteo we will present the [macro]biologies &
[micro]biologies library, where one can study source material and documentation
connected to all four exhibitions and the many events of the series.
Café with the Berlin iGEM team
The iGEM Berlin team (http://igem.berlin/)
will recap their project "Remote-controlled E. coli bacteria/ Magnetic
Bacteria", which they presented during the finals of the 2014 international
genetically engineered machines competition (iGEM) in Boston. Art Laboratory
Berlin and iGem Berlin invite you to discuss ideas, projects and implications
of current trends in the life sciences in an open cafe environment.
the 2015 Vorspiel programme of the transmediale and CTM
Dumitriu: [micro]biologies I: the bacterial sublime
On this practical and discussion-based workshop participants will begin
to learn how to work safely with bacteria as an artistic medium using
commonly available supplies. They will start to develop a 'bacteriocentric'
view of the world, understand the textile techniques used in the exhibition,
discuss new advances in clinical microbiology, and learn more about the
artworks in Dumitriu's solo retrospective "[micro]biologies 1: the
bacterial sublime", including "The Romantic Disease" project
which investigates tuberculosis. The workshop will also look at issues
of public engagement in science, ethics, and the nature of collaborative
Synthetic biology workshop with the artist
Laboratory Berlin, in cooperation with Desiree Förster and Daniela
Silvestrin, invite you to a workshop on Synthetic Biology and art by the
artist collective C-LAB (UK).
C-LAB is a London based collective founded by Laura Cinti and Howard Boland
which critically deals with the contemporary overlapping of art, science
and technology. The focus of Cinti and Boland's work is the investigation
and exploration of the meaning and characteristics of all that relates
to organic and synthetic life. Their concern here is to create a platform
for both artistic and scientific reflection and discussion. In their current
experimental art projects C-LAB have developed several genetic constructs
that lead to novel behavior in E. coli bacteria; the artists explore the
possibilities offered of synthetic biology and genetic engineering techniques
in an art context (e.g. in artworks such kate, katEred, Stressostat
and Banana Bacteria).
20 July, 2014 3PM | Artist Talk
talk with Maja Smrekar
Artist talk with Maja Smrekar, followed by finissage.
July, 2014 |
Workshop with Desiree Förster in
conjunction with the exhibition [macro]biologies II: organisms (in
German) Ages 8- 12, free (with registration at email@example.com).
The workshop will enable children between ages 8 and 12 the possibility
to interact creatively with art and nature. We will look at works by the
artists in the exhibition as well as well known images (from biology,
fairy tales, etc) and redevelop common questions about feelings, experiences
and stories that fit. Afterwards there will be the opportunity to be creatively
active and to develop an individual collage, drawing or painting, or develop
an expression in text form. The collages will be shown during the finnisage
of the exhibition on the following day and can be taken home afterwards.
6 July, 2014 |
Tour of the exhibition [macro]biologies
II. Organisms with the curators and ALB staff
can experience the exhibitions through the perspective of the curators,
Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz, as well as gain special insight from
other members of the ALB staff, who took part in the preparation and installation
of the exhibition.
Integrating Nature's elegant solutions into the design
Talk with Dr. Prateep Beed, Co-Founder Biomimicry Germany e.V. (in English)
is a creative method for sustainable innovation and product design in
today's world. The key concept of biomimicry is that Nature - during her
3.8 billion years of existence and constant evolution - has solved most
of our problems in very elegant and clean ways: Nature masters energy
production, water supply / cleaning, food production, transportation,
and cooperation - things we are struggling with. Biomimicry Germany e.V.
is a team of multi-disciplinary experts using Biomimicry as a creativity
and innovation tool. As such it creates novel solutions that are sustainable,
more efficient and cost-effective thereby spearheading an entirely new
direction. It focuses on design principles that have been tested by Nature
for billions of years and proven to be successful. During the Talk Dr.
Prateep Beed will try to inspire you to look at nature with a different
eye - as a rich solution space for elegant designs with local adaptation
combined with efficient strategies for sustainable innovations.
June, 2014 |
The second exhibition of the series [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies,
[macro]biologies II: organisms will highlight the works of artists
dealing with multi-celled organisms. Noteworthy is both the relationship
of these organisms to us, as well as their roles as independent actors.
The exhibition focuses on the works of three remarkable, internationally
recognized artists whose work deals with multicellular organisms: Suzanne
Anker (US), Brandon Ballengée (US) and Maja Smrekar (SI).
artist and theoretician Suzanne Anker has been one of the key figures
working at the border between art and biology for several decades. Her
work combines inquiry into science and the newest technologies with a
keen aesthetic sense.
More information: http://www.suzanneanker.com/
American artist Brandon Ballengée pursues a sustainable form of
artistic research in his metier as a visual artist in the field of bioart
and as a biologist in the field of herpetology.
More information: http://brandonballengee.com
Maja Smrekar is an emerging young artist from Ljubljana, Slovenia, connecting
the intersections of humanities and natural sciences with her main interest
in the concept of life.
More information: http://majasmrekar.org/crustacea-deleatur
4 May, 2014
| Curator's Talk and Tour through
I: the biosphere
For [macro]biologies I: the biosphere we have chosen
four important international artists (Katya Gardea Browne, The Center
for PostNatural History, Mathias Kessler, Alexandra Regan Toland) dealing
with the structures and systems of our world. The exhibition focuses on
the ecosystem and the biosphere with billions of life forms that interrelate
with other systems (i.a. geologie and climate).
During the Talk the curators Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz will present
4 artistic positions and give an insight into the year's programme[macro]biologies
& [micro]biologies at Art Laboratory Berlin, as well stress the
role of bio art today:
We see the varied and complex approaches of bio artists working in
the 21st century to be playing a unique set of roles in dealing with a
series of crises that are already beginning to emerge. Beyond the artist's
traditional role as aesthete and communicator of ideas, many of today's
bio-artists have taken up the role of bio-ethicist, in a manner that is
both unique, and to our mind more effective than the traditional positions
of philosophers, humanities scholars or politicians in this role. We also
propose that artists can play an active role in defining new aims, guidelines
and types of research. This may seem radical, but follows upon the influence
of designers, musician and other creatives in defining software development.
This also offers an opportunity to heal the two century long rift between
the arts and sciences, not by bringing the sciences down to the level
of social intercourse (e.g. entertainment, amusement, Wunderkammer) but
by offering society the opportunity to become involved in science (e.g.
through engagement in citizen science at various levels). One important
goal is a general democratization of the technologies that shape our lives.
Talk with Katya Gardea Browne
Berlin cordially invites you to an Artist Talk with Katya Gardea Browne
on 30 March, 2014 at 3 PM within the framework of the exhibition [macro]biologies
I: the biosphere.
This show is part of a series of exhibitions - [macro]biologies &
[micro]biologies - dedicated to artistic reflection on current drastic
changes to how we connect, relate and interrelate to the worlds around
us. The exhibition focuses on the ecosystem and the biosphere with billions
of life forms that interrelate with other systems (i.a. geologie and climate).
works of Mexico City based artist, photographer and filmmaker Katya Gardea
Browne have stressed the cultural and environmental tensions between urban
and rural in and around the megacity Mexico D.F.
For the exhibition she has produced three video works about different
aspects of threatened ecosystems. Xochimilco (2014, 7:45 min.)
is a meditative journey through the waterways of the district of the same
name in the Mexico capital. The peaceful rhythm enables one to reflect
upon the drastic changes in a megacity which originally was made up of
flourishing wetlands. The video Panoramas (2014, 8:03 min.) can
be seen as a homage to the Mexican landscape, both urban and rural. The
video Maîs (2014, 16:14 min.) deals with the cultivation
and use of maize in Mexico. The video provides an insight into the unique
maize cultivation of so-called "milpas" (corn fields with mixed
cultivation) and refers to the fundamental importance of maize in Mexico.
In the Artist
Talk Katya Gardea Browne will speak about her personal interest in the
topic of the biosphere as well as the process of artistic production &
- 26 January, 2014 |
DIY Bio Lounge
January, 2014, 8 PM: Art & Science Dialog with Theresa
Schubert and Andy Adamatzky
In a dialogue between artist and scientist, Theresa Schubert and Andrew
Adamatzky discuss working with the single cell organism Physarum polycephalum.
As a living curiosum, this type of slime mould serves as a model for network
optimisation. It can be interpreted as an 'agent' who distributively solves
geometric problems. Presenting artworks and results of experiments, the
talk challenges common understandings of intelligence and creativity,
and emphasises a post-human view on the world and its creatures.
Schubert (DE) is a post-media artist, works as an artistic researcher
and is a PhD candidate at the Bauhaus-University Weimar. (http://www.theresaschubert.org/)
Andrew Adamatzky (UK) is Professor in Unconventional Computing
in the Department of Computer Science, Director of the Unconventional
Computing Centre, and a member of Bristol Robotics Lab at the University
of the West of England. (http://uncomp.uwe.ac.uk/adamatzky/)
2-6 PM DIY Bio Lounge; bio-hackathon
7 PM Presentation by Rüdiger Trojok
6 PM - open end: DIY Bio Lounge, drop in & drop out; open bio lab;
molecular cocktails; Bioluminescence installation by Sarah Chareza and
A full day
programme of events introduced and led by biologist Rüdiger Trojok,
combining science art, and open source science technology. This event
is part of a larger project to create an open bio lab project in Berlin
for more information.)
In the evening
there will be a Molecular cocktail bar, serving sparkling wine with aperol
bubbles, as well as 'smoking' cocktails.
26 January, 2014
2-6 PM DIY Bio Lounge, open bio lab
3 PM: BioStrike: Open Antibiotics Discovery a presentation
by Denisa Kera (hackteria.org and National University of Singapore)
25-26 January, 2014
Bioluminescence an installation by Sarah Chareza
and Jessica Bernds
Accompanying Art Laboratory's programme of events (DIY Bio Lounge), this
installation displays the bioluminescent bacteria (Aliivibrio fischeri).
These bacteria are widespread in all oceans, and prefer to live in symbiosis
with marine organisms (e.g. herring or squid). Bioluminescence, chemical
reactions within the bacterial cells, make these cells visible in the
dark. In contrast to phosphorescence, which is observed in decomposing
organic material and can only be made visible through the absorption of
outside light, bioluminescence only occurs in living organisms.
In the installation,
these harmless bacteria have been cultivated on a nutrient medium. The
artists aim to represent the aesthetics of decay, the daily occurrence
when a large number of unused food wastes away, and thereby make a statement
about the "the Food Question" and its relation to the global
Lounge is a project in cooperation with openbioprojects.net and the Vorspiel
2014 programme of transmediale and CTM.
Viewing and Artist Talk
Manouchehrabadi: The Power of Form, the Form of Power
2009, Berlin. Actually, we had no doubt that he would be voted
out. But then the results were announced and Ahmadinejad was re-elected
president. It was a case of large scale election fraud, and while we were
here, torn between anger and disbelief, Tehran experienced the largest
mass protests since the fall of the Shah's regime. Suddenly there was
a spirit of optimism; for the first time, the population reacted openly
against the regime of the mullahs and exposed the rulers' illegitimacy
before the whole world. However, the system reacted harshly, and mercilessly
put down the uprising, causing many deaths and injuries.
This is how
the Tehran-born and Berlin-based artist and designer Nasim Manouchehrabadi
described the events following the Iranian presidential elections in 2009.
These are the major impetus for the development of her work "The
Power of Form, the Form of Power" which will be on view at Art Laboratory
Berlin from 25-27 October, 2013.
-Curated by Olga Shmakova
Talk with Pinar Yoldas
is a cross-disciplinary artist and researcher with a background in architecture,
interface design, computing and neuroscience. Her work investigates social
and cultural systems in regards to biological and ecological systems.
She is the 2013/14 resident at the Vilém Flusser Residency Programme
for Artistic Research, run by transmediale and the Berlin University of
the Arts (UdK).
in cooperation with transmediale
September, 2013 |
Speculative Biology Workshop:
The Design of Biological Systems and Neo-organs
...from so simple a beginning endless forms most
beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
As artist Pinar Yoldas writes: "Our capitalistic biomass manufactures
mountains of e-waste, beaches of tar, rivers of zinc, oceans of plastic.
We are an army of plastic surgeons giving the planet a new face. A face
that opens its eyes to new life forms, new beginnings, new extremities.
What kind of fish will swim in the plastic ocean? Who will be sunbathing
on the beaches of tar? What plants will thrive in a forest of concrete
and steel? Which insects will lay eggs on the valleys of asphalt? What
birds will fly in the hazy mornings of a smog stained sky?"
In her workshop the artist will give a quick overview into general biological
systems such as the circulatory system, the respiratory system, the nervous
system, the reproductive system etc., and how these systems (or more specifically
organs) might evolve under the influence of global environmental transformations.
Somewhere between bio-mimicry and critical design, the workshop will give
you the time and assets to design your own lungs, grow that extra organ
you always wished for or think about that ultimate meat supplier with
zero methane impact you have been craving for.
Participants will then discuss and design speculative models for life
forms for a post-human era.
August, 2013 |
Art and Science talk
talk with C-LAB and Rüdiger Trojok
Berlin would like to invite you to an artist talk with the artist collective
C-LAB (UK) and the biohacker Rüdiger Trojok (Berlin) presented by
Desiree Förster and Daniela Silvestrin on 24 August
from 3 PM.
a London based artist collective, founded by the two artists and scientists
Laura Cinti and Howard Boland, that is dealing critically with contemporary
intersections and cross-fertilisation of art, science, and technology.
The work of Cinti and Boland focuses on the examination and exploration
of the implications, properties and peculiarities of all which is or regards
organic and synthetic life. This being their incentive, they want to create
a platform that is open for both artistic and scientific reflection and
Discussing a Phenomenon in the Arts, Humanities and (Neuro-)Science
As a theoretical
addition to our ongoing exhibition series SYNAESTHESIA (October 2012 -
July 2013/ http://artlaboratory-berlin.org/home_eng.htm),
Art Laboratory Berlin will hold an international interdisciplinary conference
to further explore and theoretically question the field of multisensory
"synaesthesia", from the Greek "aisthesis" ("Sensation",
"sensory impression") and "syn" ("together")
means the experience of two or more sensory impressions at the same time.
Currently there is a strikingly strong interest in the coupling of the
senses in science, humanities and in contemporary art. This should come
as no surprise: Our daily life in recent years has been subject to ever
more multimedia and multisensory experiences. Comparing the latest technologies
in the field of communication we come upon the radical technological development
during the last 25 years: music video (text, music, colour), computer
(as "total" sensory object) and also newest multiple forms of
mobile phones (not only used for calls, but as a photo camera, music player
or text machine, etc.).
It is the
aim of Art Laboratory Berlin to grasp the specific impulses of our current
complex, synchronous and technologised society on the phenomenon of synaesthesia,
with its distinctive form of sensory fluctuation. For the upcoming conference,
we are interested in discussing issues from diverse scholarly fields -
humanities, arts as well as natural and social sciences - regarding both
historical positions and contemporary inquiries. We will reflect topics
such as: synaesthesia and the neurological discourse (memory and cognition;
sensory perception); synaesthesia - between perception and subjectivity;
synaesthesia and language; synaesthetic modalities (grapheme synaesthesia;
synaesthesia of smell, taste, touch, sound and vision); synaesthesia in
art and cultural history (in visual art, literature and film); synaesthesia
and the digital world (synaesthesia in the 21st century).
is open to the public and free of charge - donations are very welcome.
Concept: Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz, Art Laboratory Berlin
Realisation of Conference: The Art Laboratory Berlin Team: Regine Rapp,
Christian de Lutz, Olga
Shmakova, Chiara Cartuccia, Chiara Massari, Anastasia Shavlokhova, Ashley
Opening and Performances
History of the Senses
& Carl Rowe // Banquet for Ultra Bankruptcy
The British artist Simon Davenport and Carl Rowe currently work on a number
of artistic projects that combine the performative with artistic research
on a cultural history of the senses. Simon Davenport sees synaesthesia
as a means to unsettle and disorient. In earlier performative works, for
example, he combined heavy drum beats with the spraying of steam and the
recitation of poetry. Carl Rowe's art projects, on the other hand, combine
socio-political commentary and humour with culinary methodology. An important
art historical reference point for him is Filippo Marinetti's Manifesto
La Cucina Futurista (1930).The manifesto promoted the renewal of the
Italian food system with the aim of the strengthening, revitalization
and spiritualisation of modern society. It simultaneously included colours,
shapes, textures, smells, sounds and noises.
March, 2013 |
talk with Madi Boyd
with the exhibition
Synaesthesia / 2: Space and Perception
25.1.2013, 8 PM
Exhibition runs: 26.01. - 10.03.2013
Open: Fri-Sun, 2-6 PM and by appointment.
into the nature of Space and Perception are the basis of Art Laboratory
Berlin's second exhibition in the Synaesthesia series. Synaesthesia, the
experience of two or more sensory impressionsat the same time, is both
an artistic paradigm and neurological phenomenon. Two installations by
Madi Boyd and Carrie C Firman explore the connection between perception
and experience of mind and body from a synaesthetic point of view.
Laboratory Berlin Awarded Prize for Project Spaces
We are pleased
to announce that Art Laboratory Berlin is one of the winners of the first
Prize for Art Project Spaces and Initiatives in the Field of Visual Arts
awarded by the Berlin Senate Office of Cultural Affairs.
honours the commitment and work of those operating project spaces and
initiatives. "The award serves" according to the Senate Office
of Cultural Affairs, "to support them, to secure the existing diversity
and to make the activities of art project spaces and initiatives in Berlin
ceremony takes place on 27 February, 2013 under the auspices of State
Secretary André Schmitz
statement from Art Laboratory Berlin on the award can be found at:
Berliner Projekträume und initiativen
Magazin - Berliner Kulturverwaltung zeichnet Projekträume aus von
Morgenpost - Eine Klassenfahrt mit Baby und Urkunden Von Gabriela Walde
- Das erste Mal: Der Berliner Preis für Projekträume wird vergeben
- Attraktiv und den Preis wert Von Marcus Woeller
deutschland - Echte Berliner Spezialität. Selbstorganisierte Kunstinitiativen
kämpfen ums Überleben
Von Tom Mustroph
- Küsschen, Kaffee, Kohle von Claudia Wahjudi
Laboratory Berlin at MutaMorphosis
Laboratory Berlin will present the series Time & Technology
at the international conference MutaMorphosis in Prague from December
Time and Technology | Panel led by Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz
Gretta Louw | Controlling_Connectivity
Daniel Belasco Rogers & Sophia New | Narrating Our Lines
Ellen Sebring, MIT| Atmosphere: Disorientation in Visual Narrative
as a Time Travelers Tool
Dr. Yasuhiro Sakamoto | Sound Sculptures as Embodiment of Cross-modal
information at http://mutamorphosis.org/2012/
Artist talk and workshop with Barbara Ryan
of the exhibition Synaesthesia / 1: The Orange Smell of November
artist Barbara Ryans perceptions of the world are underpinned by
her polymodal synaesthesia which in turn forms the foundation of her artistic
work. She experiences her synaesthesia »as something that is in
her parallel conscious as opposed to something that is in the subconscious
creating a duality of vision«. Her installation That cant
be September it smells like the August of 1985! combines in
a unique way the artists intimate personal interconnecting relationship
between scent, colour, time and space, played out within the city of Berlin,
where she lived in the 1990s.
installation is a coded re-creation of her sense of space and time as
imbued with colour and odour. Using text, photography and self-manufactured
fragrances she re-maps the city according to the systematic guidelines
of her own synaesthesia. The viewer is then invited to explore and decode
the artist's unique phenomenological structures.
informaton on the exhibition)
Screening and Presentation.
kate hers Transmigration in Artistic Practice
in Artistic Practice is a screening and artist presentation of two projects
by the Korean-American artist kate hers, whose works in performance, video
and other media deal with issues of language and identity.
May, 2012 |
Musical Transpositions for the Reversing Machine
Performance by Sam Belinfante & Simon Lewandowski.
Cage and others adapted for the output of the Reversing Machine plus new
sound works by Sam Belinfante & Simon Lewandowski. In conjunction
with the exhibition Fantastic Time Machines and our current series Time
& Technology Belinfante & Lewandowski will perform a series of
sound works and actions using the Reversing Machine mechanism and attached
devices. (Information on the
exhibition Fantastic Time Machines)
with the Reversing Machine
with the artists Sam Belinfante & Simon Lewandowski
Time: Dreams, Drones, Flickers and Alpha Rhythms"
and experiments with the Reversing Machine. The artists will offer the
public a more intimate experience with their installation, including as
series of additional actions and interactions, explanation as an queries
into the nature of time and perception.
(Information on the exhibition
Fantastic Time Machines)
per email. firstname.lastname@example.org
May, 2012 |
Is the Desert Still the Desert in a Digital World?
whose performance and exhibition Controlling Connectivity started
off the current Time & Technology series will set up a live
video link up between Art Laboratory Berlin and the Warnayaka Arts centre
in Lajamanu, Australia, located in the remote central Australian desert.
Louw has been taking part in a residency in Lajamanu teaching photography,
video and new media to indigenous arts workers, as well as introducing
them to online communication platforms. The culmination of this first
program of new media training will be a real time link-up between Lajamanu
A live audience
in Berlin will view a simultaneous performance streamed out of Lajamanu,
captured by a number of webcams and presented as two large-format projections.
The event will incorporate an eclectic and innovative mix of traditional
dance and storytelling, as well as live VJing of documentation organised
by Louw. The event will also provide and encourage the possibility of
interaction and exchange between participants in both Berlin and Lajamanu.
March, 2012 | Artist Talk and Art Laboratory Berlin's 5th Birthday!
Fantastic Time Machines
are pleased to invite you to an artist talk with Shlomit Lehavi on Friday
, March 30, 2012 at 8 pm at Art Laboratory Berlin (Prinzenallee 34, Berlin-Wedding).
The Israeli born and New York based artist Shlomit Lehavi will present
her video installation Time Sifter as a part of the exhibition Fantastic
Time Machines. Shlomit Lehavi works primarily with new media and multi-channel
video. Time Sifter explores collective memory, collective forgetting and
time based media as a contemporary time machine. By means of touching
the changing projections in her work the visitor is allowed a fascinating
form of participation and interaction.
same evening we are celebrating the 5th anniversary of Art Laboratory
We will be happy if you can join us!
through the exhibition with the artists
b (Sophia New & Daniel Belasco Rogers): Navigating the Everyday
27 January 2012, 8PM
Exhibition runs from 28 January - 11 March, 2012
Opening Hours: Fr - Su, 2-6PM
Open also on 24 February from 2-10 PM
of the exhibition and Artists' Talk
Art Practices on Time and Technology
Tour of the exhibition Controlling_Connectivity with Gretta
Louw and Regine Rapp (curator)
4PM: Artists' talk Current Artistic Practices on Time and Technology
with Gretta Louw, plan b (Sophia New & Daniel Belasco Rogers) and
Igor tromajer; moderation: Christian de Lutz (curator).
shot: Controlling_Connectivity Remote Digital Performance: Berlin
- New York, Gretta Louw in collaboration with Douglas Paulson, 2011
In connection with the exhibition Controlling_Connectivity by Gretta
Louw and the series Time and Technology Art Laboratory Berlin is presenting
an artists' talk on the theme current art practices on time and technology
featuring Gretta Louw and plan b (Sophia New & Daniel Belasco Rogers)
as well as the internet artist Igor tromajer (www.intima.org).
The talk will be introduced and moderated by Regine Rapp and Christian
25 November 2011-14 January 2012
Performance and exhibition
2-12 November, 2011
Opening: 25 November, 2011, 8PM
Exhibition: 26 November, 2011 - 15 January, 2012
(winter break: 19 December, 2011 - 5 January, 2012)
Fri - Sun 2-6PM and by appointment
2012 3.30PM: Tour of the exhibition and Artists' talk with Gretta
+ plan b (Sophia New & Daniel Belasco Rogers) and Igor tromajer;
moderation: Christian de Lutz (curator).
to the exhibition
generous support of:
September, 2011 |
Book Release Party
NYC by Bärbel Möllmann
of the ongoing show VISIONS NYC afterthoughts, Art Laboratory
Berlin is pleased to invite you to the
Artist Book Presentation & Book Release Party
on Friday, 30 September 2011, 8pm
In the project VISIONS NYC the Berlin-based artist and photographer
Bärbel Möllmann has gathered a series of amazing portraits and
interviews with New Yorkers from Summer 2001, recording their individual
plans, goals and dreams, and from Summer 2002 recording their reactions
to the events of the previous year.
Bärbel Möllmann: VISIONS NYC.
Portraits and Interviews from New York. Berlin 2011
272 pages, 136 color photographs
30 x 25 cm (closed), 30 x 50 cm (open)
Hardcover, 4-color images
Essay: Regine Rapp (German and English)
48 interviews (each 4 15 min.), 4 CDs
Collectors edition, signed by the artist, Edition: 25 exemplars
purchase of the book on 30 September, 2011 the buyer will also receive
and original print from the photo book (30 x 50 cm)
(More information about
the exhibition VISIONS NYC - afterthoughts here)
1 May 2011
Round Table Discussion
My Dreams Have Destroyed My Life. Some Thoughts on Pain
in Dialog: Al Fadhil & Aissa Deebi
Round Table Discussion Al Tahrir: The Day After, 1 May, 2011, 3PM
January of this year a wave of protests, originating first in Tunisia,
and then in Egypt, have spread across the Arab world. Demonstrators have
demanded democracy and the freedom of expression. How will the ongoing
changes affect the lives artists and cultural production? What has been
the role of politics in the arts in the Middle East and how might this
change? Supposedly new technological media such as social networking platforms
have played an important role in this year's 'Arab Spring'. Is this really
true, and if so what potential does technology have to foster change as
well as aid in inter-cultural communication?
On May 1,
2011 at 3PM, in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition My Dreams Have
Destroyed My Life. Some Thoughts on Pain there
will be a round table discussion on the cultural and political changes
taking place in the Middle East in the wake of the current wave of protests.
The artists Aissa Deebi, who teaches at the American University in Cairo,
and Al Fadhil will be joined by Munira Khayyat (Anthropologist), Heiko
Wimmen (Political Scientist) and Christian de Lutz (who will be the moderator)
information and video of the event)
in which all the artist books of Sol LeWitt are gathered into one exhibition
invites further study. As we have done in previous exhibitions Art Laboratory
Berlin would like to bring together artistic practice and scholarly debate,
in this case in the form of a symposium. The complex nature of Sol LeWitt's
artists' books specifically calls for examination by a variety of disciplines.
with a survey of the concept and the conceptual in LeWitt's work, continuing
with a reflection on the medium of the book and the problem of authorship,
the initial contributions will sketch LeWitt's art from art historical
and literary perspectives. Additionally, contributions from the philosophy
of art, musicology and mathematics will reflect on space and time, the
question of a possible terminology and the phenomenon of serial geometric
forms. Similarly, LeWitt's aesthetic production and his relationship to
graphic design will be discussed. Finally, contributions from an artistic
perspective as well as those of friends and collectors will illuminate
practical and theoretical aspects of LeWitt's artistic work.
(More information on the symposium)
- 28 November, 2010 |
Exhibition and Special Event
Tania Antoshina, Mo Foster, Marcela Iriarte, Christian de Lutz, Jane Mulfinger,
Bob & Roberta Smith, Jessica Voorsanger
Curated by Francesca Piovano
Exhibition runs 30 October - 28 November 2010, Fri- Sun 2-6PM and by appointment
Finissage with a reading by Mo Foster: 26 November 2010 8PM
Special event: 30 November 2010, 7PM, A reading by Mo Foster at the
East of Eden International Bookstore, Schreinerstr. 10, 10247 Berlin-Friedrichshain
Artists in Dialog: Alex Toland und Myriel Milicevic - Wunschgarten:
Wild Urban Offshoots
and Myriel Milicevic both work on the border between art and life and
environmental sciences. Toland considers the project 'habitat hacking'
and Milicevic describes the project as 'reconstructing cross-species life
worlds'. Together they have chosen the immediate area around Art Laboratory
Berlin (the Soldiner Kiez) as a place to investigate interactions between
the local human population and urban flora and fauna. The exhibition space
will function as a laboratory for mapping, sketching, modelling and prototyping.
Wunschgarten is a series of dialogues: between the artists and the local
community, between city dwellers and nature, between urban planning and
creep further into wild landscapes, the wild moves into cities. Urban
habitats are places where plants and animals take up residence alongside
people. Too often though, space for nature is sealed off by concrete constructions,
resulting in a marked divide between the space occupied by humans and
the rest of the biotic community. The Wunschgarten is an exploration of
the city's wild features and creatures, and a vision of utopian measures
that reach beyond existing mitigation schemes and municipal green-space
planning. The city becomes a garden of unexpected edible opportunities
and ideas to incubate and explode.
encourage local inhabitants (and other visitors) to take part in the project.
From the gallery space the participants can depart on a series of walks,
contribute their own ideas and sketches, and in turn use the Wunschgarten
as a springboard for further investigations or offshoots such as urban
gardening projects, recordings of urban fauna, or evolutionary architecture
and experiments in wild urban societies.
these possibilities in a more concentrated setting, there will be a workshop
on September 4 led by the artists to discuss and investigate, create and
formulate, construct and co-inhabit the Wunschgarten and its wild urban
1 July, 2010
Talk and Film Screening
Berlin is pleased to present a collection of documentary films about artworks
recently created using the latest twenty-first century technologies: artificial
life, robotics, bio and genetic engineering. The screening has been organized
by the curator and artist Dmitry Bulatov in conjunction with the National
Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad branch, Russia).
document artworks whose medium is living or lifelike matter, and the properties
of living organisms and technologically reproduced artefacts are combined
to produce the method. Art created under these new conditions of post-biology
- that is, under conditions of artificially generated life - cannot avoid
making this artificiality its explicit theme. We are thus again confronted
with the question of the relationship between art and life in a completely
new context defined by biological and abiological creations, works, and
is the first comprehensive overview of the current stage of contemporary
techno-biological art. It provides a panorama of artistic strategies for
granting and withdrawing the gift of authenticity. The analysis of these
strategies opens up new possibilities for creative production and cultural
commentary. In 2009 the Evolution Haute Couture project won the National
Innovation Prize (Moscow, Russia), awarded annually for achievements in
contemporary visual arts.
screening also coincides with the first volume of the anthology Evolution
Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age. Edited
by Dmitry Bulatov. Book plus two DVD-ROMs collection (45 video documentaries),
KB NCCA, Kaliningrad, 2009. (ISBN: 978-5-94620-054-7). This publication
is supported by The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, The
Ford Foundation (The Moscow Office, Russia), The Dynasty Foundation (Moscow).
Web site: www.videodoc.ncca-kaliningrad.ru/eng/
March, 2010 |
of the poster and storybook for "Princess I will follow you..."
-part of the Printemps des Poètes Berlin 2010
Artist book presentation:
"Prinzenallee - ein Stück ohne Dialoge"
A Book Project by Birgit
Szepanski and Regine Rapp
Princess - I will follow you... is a poster intervention along
Prinzenallee in Berlin- Wedding. With photographic motifs and text fragments
(in English, German and Turkish) a visual path is laid along the street.
This public text and image story plays with motifs, word and sound play,
visual features and the name of the street:
Princess I will follow you....
In 2008 Birgit
Szepanski created a complex site specific installation at Art Laboratory
Berlin, which referred to the street Prinzenallee in Berlin-Wedding as
part of the exhibition series Art and Text. Over a number of weeks the
artist recorded traces of the street in her films, photographs and texts.
In decidedly minimal formal language she was able to unfurl the street
into the exhibition space by means of language, image and sound. In this
newly released publication this is further expressed in the form of an
Jana, Janez Jana, Janez Jana: NAME Readymade
event will present the act of Name changing perpetrated by
three Slovenian artists who in 2007 officially, with all the required
papers and stamps, changed their names to the then prime minister of Slovenia
, Janez Jana (2004-08). All Janez Jansas works, their private
and public affairs, in a word their whole life, has been conducted under
this name ever since.
Jana will take you through a series of artistic, political, administrative
and mediatic actions performed by himself together with Janez Jana
and Janez Jana, with a particular focus on their latest personal
exhibition entitled NAME Readymade. Works exhibited in this show (valid
ID cards, passports, credit and bank cards, driving licences, birth and
marriage certificates, and so on) were generated by reality itself.
"Copyright and related topics for artists. Musicians,
Filmmakers and other Creative Producers"
lawyer Andreas Lichtenhahn (in German).
Free, registration necessary:
(D: Lynn Hershman Leeson, 2007), followed by a Round Table. The
case of Steve Kurtz will be discussed from legal, cultural-political and
curatorial perspectives: Eberhard Schultz (lawyer), Mark C. Donfried (Institute
for Cultural Diplomacy) and Christian de Lutz (Art Laboratory Berlin);
Moderated by Regine Rapp (Art Laboratory Berlin).
Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Platz 2, 10785 Berlin
Tickets: 6,50 Euro/ 5,00 Euro reduced (Students)
Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) & Institute for Applied Autonomy (IAA).
connection with the exhibition SEIZED prof. Steve Kurtz gave a presentation
on the theme of 'diciplinarity and its effects on art' at Art Laboratory
Berlin, followed by a Q&A session.
(additional information and
Artists in Dialog
Alex Toland: Personal Dispersal Mechanisms, an Interactive
mechanisms of plant species are often severely obstructed in the city.
Tree sponsorship is a popular and effective way of re-greening city parks
and streets. Individual sponsors become personally linked to individual
trees while beautifying the neighborhood and creating new habitats for
birds, mammals and insects.
Toland takes this idea a step further by creating species partnerships
for a day and encouraging personal interspecies relationships as a potential
distribution mechanism. As part of the series Artists in Dialog at ART
LABORATORY BERLIN the artist will realize a collaborative walk and installation
project by leading a group of Berlin residents through part of the green
corridor along the Panke and make personal introductions between individual
people and plants.
Screening of a new video by Benj Gerdes and Jennifer Hayashida
(2009, 32 minutes, English without subtitles)
22 July 2009 at 9 pm
Introduction by Christian de Lutz, Art Laboratory Berlin
Followed by a discussion with the artists
and Art Laboratory Berlin are pleased to present Strike
Anywhere for the first time
to a Berlin audience, following screenings at the Luleå Art Biennial
in Sweden and the
Kran>>Film Space in Brussels. The latest collaborative work
by the experimental
filmmaker Benj Gerdes and the poet Jennifer Hayashida, Strike Anywhere
is a video
essay that takes as its point of departure Swedish Match King
Ivar Kreuger, whose
privatization of financial crisis management strategies bears a direct
relation to late-
twentieth century policies implemented by the IMF and WTO.
Between 1917 and 1932, Kreuger capitalised on shifts in global financial
control over 200 companies and establish matchstick monopolies in at least
At the height of his success, Ivar Kreuger was worth approximately 30
kronor (the equivalent of 100 billion USD today) and had matchstick monopolies
in at least
34 countries. The project is both a prehistory of neoliberal economics
and an allegory
about social relations and desire in the wake of global capitalist expansion
May, 2009 |
Premiere: On Media Reality a film by Vladimir Turner about Ztohoven
As part of
the exhibition Art and Law II - Ztohoven. Media Reality
April, 2009 |
Presentation by Paola Yacoub
will present a running thread through various works, mainly photographs
and montages, produced in different geographical areas ranging from Southern
Lebanon to Berlin via Sweden and China.
The common point is skepticism as it was introduced in visual arts in
the U.S.A. at the beginning of the 20th century.
from Paola Yacoub is the first of Art Laboratory Berlin's new series of
artists talks, presentations, performances and events Artists in Dialog
October, 2008 |
Curators from East and Central Europe II: Elena Sorokina
Subjective Events, Sometimes Recorded
Curatorial workshop with Elena Sorokina, October 24, 2008, 6pm
July, 2008 |
Summer Celebration at Art Laboratory Berlin
video compilation from Jakup Nepra
from 10 pm DJ Nata
like to celebrate one and half years of successful exhibitions with you.
You are cordially invited to our Summer Celebration. The latest video
works from Jakup Nepra, who took part the recent exhibition Cosmopolitics,
will be shown. Later in the evening you can dance to music by DJ Nata.
There will be a buffet and drinks.
30 May - 14 June, 2008
Marcus Ahlers: Transposed Nodes
30 May 2008, 8PM
30.05.2008 - 29.06.2008
Artist's talk: 14.06.2008, 17h
Children's workshop - SOLAR-Oven Creativity and SolarEnergy (In German):
9AM - 3PM, Register until 13.06.2008. more
information here (in German)
of the exhibition: 29.06.2008, 3PM
March - 27 April, 2008 |
Art and Science
Bulatov: Senses Alert
Opening: 28 March, 2008, 8PM
Artist's talk and workshop:
Tour of the exhibition: 27.04.2008, 3PM
27 January - 2 March, 2008 | Workshop
Cosmopolitics: New Media Art from the Czech Republic
from East and Central Europe I
and Pavel Sedlak.
Workshop with Denisa Kera (curator): Curating New Media: 27.01.2008 5
Artists Talk: 1.02.2008 8PM
Tour of the exhibition: 2.03.2008 3PM
Art and Text
and 10, 11am -8 pm at Art Laboratory Berlin,
Final Performance November 11 , 8PM at Brunnenstrasse 39, Studio, 2nd
is a performance that deals with the occasion of a jam session on multiple
and expanding levels.
off with a number of people, who will be invited to come to the gallery
in order to tell the story of a song. The recordings of those stories
will be transcribed the same day.
Art and Music
Krieg der Sprachen
In cooperation with kunstraum_sumpfhahn_raumkunst
start at 7.45 pm.
19 June: Robin Hayward (violin/ bindelwald) and Olaf Bugiel (vocals/
June: Oliver Schneller (percussion) and Workz (electronic, DJ)
February, 2007 |
Der Blick des Patriarchen
A documentary film
by Nicola Hochkeppel
2004, 62 min