New Artistic Positions on M/otherhood, Life and Care
Levy | Mary Maggic | Naja Ryde Ankarfeldt | Baum & Leahy | pela
Margherita Pevere | Ai Hasegawa | Nicole Clouston | Cecilia Jonsson
| Tarah Rhoda
& Symposium | Curated by Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz
Opening: 27 August 2020
Running time: 28 August - 4 October 2020
Art Laboratory Berlin, Prinzenallee 34 and OKK, Prinzenallee 29,
Online symposium: 26 September 2020
exhibition The Camille Diaries. Current Artistic Positions
on M/otherhood, Life and Care presents new artistic works
by eleven international women and non-binary artists (installations,
video, objects, performance). Reflecting on the current conditions
of our world (environmental changes, gender aspects, biopolitics,
etc.), the artists' positions propose an 'aesthetics of care' as
the basis for inter-species coexistence. Here, the planet is understood
as a symbiotic web in which we are all entangled with one another
(humans, plants, animals, environment) - on molecular, organic,
ethical and biopolitical levels. The artistic positions investigate
reproductive mechanisms, biochemical connections between humans
and nonhumans, and refer to alternative biomaterials as "source
of life" in future times of scarcity and crisis.
Feminist SF: Visions of M/otherhood & Reproduction
Talkshow Series | Curated & hosted by Isabel de Sena
Maggic | Alison Sperling |
Noemi Yoko Molitor
This event series pays tribute to the powerful alternative images
of mothering we've inherited through the pioneering work of feminist
Sci-Fi writers, and examines their sustained relevance within the
socio-political landscape of today.
a live Talk-Show format, artists, scientists and scholars are invited
to programme their "ideal TV and reading evening" on the
topic, so that the audience (re)discovers the works through the
the generous support of:
Aviva Online Magazin für Frauen, www.aviva-berlin.de
the Fungi | Art & Design Residencies
Theresa Schubert |
3 July - 28 December 2020
2 July 2020, 6PM via Facebook
by Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz
| Futurium Lab, Alexanderufer 2, 10117 Berlin
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 10 am 6 pm, Thu 10 am 8 pm,
Tue closed, Free entrance
The Artist- and Design-Residencies of Mind the Fungi
with artist Theresa Schubert and artist designer Fara
Peluso bring in art and design as constructive sources of ideas
for this research project. Schubert studied the effects of sound
on fungal growth. Peluso has done research on new biomaterials on
the symbiotic basis of algae and fungi. The artistic and design
related works are a result of a close collaboration with both departments
of TU Berlins Institute of Biotechnology Prof. Vera
Meyers department of Applied Molecular Microbiology and Prof.
Peter Neubauers department Bioprocess Engineering.
Future for Food
Amy Youngs, Ken Rinaldo, Anna Paltseva, Daniel Lammel,
Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz
June 2020, 4-6 pm CET / 10-12 am EDT
of the livestream can be seen
Ken Rinaldo & Amy Youngs, Farm Fountain, 2009; center:
Amy Youngs, Building a Rainbow, 2011; right: Ken Rinaldo, Cascading
break away from current agricultural practices which are intimately
connected to desertification, water and soil pollution, antibiotic
resistance, climate change and social and economic inequalities? In
a two-hour discussion we are interested in considering a sustainable,
multispecies perspective to farming, which could start in the soil
and progress through thinking about the multiple ways we can consider
food. Aquaponics, vertical farming, worms, soldier flies, and permaculture
offer real solutions, where food is grown while respecting living
beings, and the intertwined ecologies that support them.
Humane food can be grown in urban or rural communities, though
the soil is critical. How can we learn and care about living beings
we cannot quickly know or see? What is care like in practice? We are
also interested in exploring the concept of "citizen eco-artist"
as so much of what we do resides in the spaces between actual science,
sustainable practice and speculative fiction.
international talk with be livestreamed on youtube and here
and questions can be sent in comments via youtube, facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org
Youngs is an Associate Professor in art and technology at Ohio
State University. She uses electronics, kinetics, insects, plants
and pixels to create artwork about the changing relationships between
technology, nature and self. Her work has been exhibited nationally
and internationally and her essays about art and biology have been
published in Leonardo and Nouvel Objet.
Rinaldo is internationally recognized for interactive art installations
developing hybrid ecologies with humans, algorithms, plants, animals,
and bacterial cultures. His art/science practice serves as a platform
for hacking complex social, biological, and machine symbionts. Inventing
and constructing interfaces for animals and plants, allows illuminating
and amplifying the underlying beauty, and intertwined symbiosis existent
in natural living systems. Rinaldo is author of Interactive Electronics
for Artists and Inventors, and is a Professor of Art and Technology
at The Ohio State University.
Anna Paltseva holds a Ph.D. in Earth & Environmental Sciences
at the CUNY Graduate Center and Research and Program Coordinator at
the NYC Urban Soils Institute. She focuses on the assessment of heavy
metals bioavailability in urban soils. Anna Paltseva is a lecturer
at CUNY Brooklyn College, New York University, and the New
York and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Anna develops educational materials,
leads soil workshops and coordinates collaborations with international
researchers for the NYC Urban Soils Institute.
Lammel is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Biology
(Ecology of Plants), Free University Berlin. His areas of research
is soil ecology and mycorrizal symbiosis as well as Soil Fertility,
Plant Nutrition, Agricultural Science and Ecosystem Ecology. Originally
from Brazil, he studied at the university of São Paulo, before
competing his Ph.D. at Univ. of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Rapp is an art historian, curator and co-director of Art Laboratory
Berlin. Her current research interests include Installation art, artist
books, hybrid art, art & science collaborations. She researches,
curates and publishes on 21st century art at the interface of science
and technology. She has taught art history at the Burg Giebichenstein
Kunsthochschule Halle and is currently a researcher at the TU Berlin
Institute of Biotechnolgy, Dept. for Applied and Molecular Microbiology.
de Lutz is a curator, co-founder and co-director of Art Laboratory
Berlin, where he has curated over 40 exhibitions, including the series
Time and Technology, Synaesthesia, [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies,
and Nonhuman Subjectivities. His curatorial work focuses on the interface
of art, science and technology in the 21st century, with special attention
given to BioArt, DIY Science initiatives and facilitating collaborations
between artists and scientists.
coproduction of the
Network for Prototyping the Future and Art Laboratory Berlin
Workshop and Livestream:
DRIVEN DESIGN. Sculpting with Bioplastic Textile
Livestream with Fara Peluso
May, 2020 6-8 pm CET
Today Material Research is a central point in the theory and practice
of designing new technologies, in cooperation with art and design.
These fields are currently collaborating, merging their knowledge
and practice to develop a new generation of materials, by focusing
on specific characteristics, to create new environmentally friendly
materials. Another approach, however, has also arisen in the last
years combining making, crafting and personal fabrication of new
materials through a form of Do It Yourself (DIY) biology and craftmaking.
This Mind the Fungi workshop discusses this new material
driven design movement and methodology, learning how to build a
new material by studying and using a living organism like mycelium.
Discovering the features, possibilities and limits of mycelium-based
materials, the participants will work together growing material
and developing new material, building sculptures, assembling DIY
packaging and drawing and cutting patterns on a new material made
the generous support of the Technische Universität Berlin as
part of the program Citizen Science - Forschen mit der Gesellschaft:
Workshop and Livestream:
Hack the Panke
Austen and Nana MacLean
22 April 2020 from 5:30-7:00 pm
we consider to be our environment unequivocally and ubiquitously
contains plastic. It has been found at the outskirts of human reach:
at the top of Mount Everest, in Arctic ice, and at the bottom of
the Mariana trench. Plastic is becoming part of our geology and
the lively surrounding of many organisms on this planet a
new material and habitat providing new stories and life forms.
The overabundance of this human-made material challenges our concepts
of the natural and former sites of waste and refuse might
have gotten a new fertile potential: Trees grow on plastic dumps,
bacteria and fungi evolve to feed on PET. Plastic might be disrupting
our idea of nature but is it really disrupting nature itself?
Bacteria / Colonialist Cash
26 January- 1 March 2020, Fri - Sun 2-6PM
Opens 25 January 2020 at 7PM
Borderless Bacteria / Colonialist Cash discusses important
current aspects of biopolitics. By visualising microbiome landscapes
of banknotes, the project invites us to reflect about the interconnectedness
of ecological and economic exchanges.
Much recent attention has been given to the human microbiome, the
microbes which live on and within our bodies. These communities
also exist on most surfaces around us. When we touch objects, we
exchange bacteria, fungi and viruses, leaving some microbiota behind.
It is no surprise that one of the objects we touch most money
is not only a medium of economic but also microbial exchange.
According to a study conducted by the NYU Center for Genomics &
Systems Biology, 3000 types of bacteria were identified on dollar
bills from just one Manhattan bank.
Rinaldo, an established artist in the field of Bio and Postmedia
art, develops hybrid human-nonhuman ecologies. Borderless Bacteria
/ Colonialist Cash explores the hidden microbiome of money within
a critical framework that also sheds light on exchange and power.
Do Chinese Yuan and American Dollars share bacterial and fungal
micro-performative project is intriguingly simple in its setup:
Various bills of international currency are displayed in square
Petri dishes on enriched agar. Time plays a crucial role, as a microbial
landscape grows and realises itself over the course of several weeks.
an aesthetic level, the iconography of the currency literally loses
face as microbial growth undermines the representational aspect
of the banknotes. The official character of money is subverted.
As its microbial nature comes to light, it appears far less representative:
a fine network of mycelia covers the head of George Washington on
a $1 note; on a 10 CHF note, Le Corbusier is no longer recognisable
due to bacterial growth.
to lessen his carbon footprint, artist Ken Rinaldo expressed the
wish that the work be made without his travelling. This work was
first made in 2017 during a residency at Cultivamos Cultura, Portugal.
Some of the works in the exhibition were created with students from
the Gustav-Freytag-Schule in Berlin-Reinickendorf as part of a collaboration
between the school, ALB and the DIY Hack the Panke collective.
Rapp and Christian de Lutz (curators)
of the Vorspiel programme in partnership with the CTM and transmediale
the generous support of:
to Cultivamos Cultura | Marta De Menezes and Dr Luís Graça;
Dr. Mario Ramirez, Molecular Microbiology
& Infection, Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon, Portugal;
Prof. Amy Youngs; Dr. Adam Zaretsky.
Art | Research | Citizen Science
two-year collaborative project between the Technische Universität
Berlin, Institute of Biotechnology and Art Laboratory Berlin. Artists
and Fara Peluso will have artists- in residency at the Institute
of Biotechnology while working with biotechnologists on a project
developing biomaterials from local fungi.
In cooperation with the Technische Universität Berlin, Institute
of Biotechnology. Part of the program Citizen Science - Forschen
mit der Gesellschaft, Technische Universität Berlin:
DIY Hack the Panke
research group DIY Hack the Panke, founded in January 2018, consists
of a group of artists and scientists promoting Citizen Science projects
along the Panke River in north and central Berlin.
interdisciplinary practice, the group aims to explore the Panke
River for living organisms and critically examine its complex history
of human use. Members of DIY Hack the Panke plan public workshops
on topics such as river flora, fauna and microbiology; plastic waste
and other pollutants; and the impact of history, culture and technology
on the present-day Panke. In addition to workshops, the public is
also invited to take part in a walks and talks as well as public
labs to rediscover their urban environment, as well as learn and
take part in Citizen Science.
in intra-flux of the Anthropocene
research at the Rillig Group, Ecology of Plants, Institute of Biology,
Free University Berlin in cooperation with Art Laboratory Berlin
For the month of November 2019 bio media artist Saa Spačal
will provide artistic research for her new project Symbiosis
in intra-flux of the Anthropocene at the Rillig Group, Ecology
of Plants, Institute of Biology, FU Berlin. She will address pressing
societal and environmental issues such as climate crisis and plastic
pollution in the context of symbiosis as a process of planetary
metabolism in the case studies such as red clover-bacteria and mycorrhizal
fungi. The collaboration is meant as a research project that will
delve into the material aspects of interspecies connections that
Saa Spačal and her colleagues Dr. Mirjan vagelj
and Anil Podgornik have already researched with previous artistic
biotechnological installations such as Myconnect, Symbiome, Plastic_ity,
Earthlink. Collaboration with the research team at Free University
Berlin will take the form of observations of experiments, interviews,
planning artistic experiments and the conception of a new series
In cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin, Institute
of Biology, the Slovenian Ministry of Culture and Slovenian Cultural
Center in Berlin
The Silkworm Project
Vivian Xu, Silkworm Project,
2013ongoing, multimedia installation. Trees of Life
Knowledge in Material (2018), NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore.
Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.
May - August 2019
The Silkworm Project explores the possibilities of using
silkworms to design a series of hybrid biomass machines capable
of producing self-organized flat and spatial silk structures. Art
Laboratory Berlin is pleased to collaborate with the Berlin-based
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) on a four-month
research stay in Berlin by Vivian Xu, who lives in Shanghai. Between
May and July 2019, Vivian Xu will pursue artistic research at MPIWG,
and her artistic practice at a studio at ALB. An exhibition (May
- July 2019) and a workshop on sericulture by Vivian Xu will provide
the public with insights into the fascinating long-term project.
In cooperation with Max Planck Institute
for the History of Science
Previous events of note:
Nonhuman Agents in Art, Culture and
24-26 November, 2017
Prinzenallee 58, 13359 Berlin-Wedding (Across
the street from the Art Laboratory Berlin exhibition space)
Photographs: Tim Deussen
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.
- First video documentation online!)
Information on the Nonhuman
Agents series from 2017 here
Information on the Nonhuman
from 2016-17 here
Information on the [macro]biologies
& [micro]biologies series
from 2014-15 here...
We are glad to announce our new
& [micro]biologies. Art and the Biological Sublime in the 21st
Ed. by Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz,
More information here...
are proud to share with you our online-publication of the international
24-26 November, 2017
Agents in Art, Culture and Theory
We are proud to share with you our online-publication of the international
interdisciplinary 2-day SYNAESTHESIA-Conference, held by Art Laboratory
Berlin in the summer 2013:
Discussing a Phenomenon in the Arts, Humanities and (Neuro-)Science