Upcoming:

Mind the Fungi

MATERIAL DRIVEN DESIGN. Sculpting with Bioplastic Textile
A two-day workshop with Fara Peluso
Postponed! New Date TBA

14 March & 28 March 2020 | 1 - 6:30 pm
@ ALB, Prinzenallee 34, 13359 Berlin
No previous knowledge necessary | Workshop language: English
Registration mandatory for both days together: register@artlaboratory-berlin.org
Free entry


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 of biofilm.


Day 1: 14 March 2020

After an introduction by Fara Peluso into her design research and insights by the biotechnologists from TU Berlin in context of the project Mind the Fungi, the participants will learn how to inoculate mycelium into a liquid culture and prepare a biofilm based on mycelium and algae. The knowledge and techniques learned are functional in a DIY setting.

Day 2: 28 March 2020

After a two-week period, during which the biofilms will grow, the participants will be now able to use their new biomaterials to assemble sculptures or create designed objects like bags. Here innovative design practice will enable us to unleash the potential of these new materials created through material driven design.

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With the generous support of the Technische Universität Berlin as part of the program Citizen Science - Forschen mit der Gesellschaft:





Next exhibition:

THE CAMILLE DIARIES.
New Artistic Positions on M/otherhood, Life and Care

Ai Hasegawa | Baum & Leahy | Cecilia Jonsson | Margherita Pevere | Mary Maggic
Naja Ryde Ankarfeldt
| Nicole Clouston | Sonia Levy | Špela Petrič | Tarah Rhoda


Exhibition & Symposium | Curated by Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz

Running Time: Summer/Autumn 2020 (updates comimg soon)
@ Art Laboratory Berlin, Prinzenallee 34 and OKK, Prinzenallee 29, 13359 Berlin

Symposium with artists & theoreticians

Event Programme: Feminist SF: Visions of M/otherhood & Reproduction
Talkshow Series | Curated & hosted by Isabel de Sena
Mary Maggic | Christopher Coenen | Alison Sperling | Noemi Yoko Molitor


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With the generous support of:





Last exhibitions:

Borderless Bacteria / Colonialist Cash


Ken Rinaldo




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.

Ken 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 communities?

This 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.

On 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.

Wishing 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.
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Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz (curators)

Part of the Vorspiel programme in partnership with the CTM and transmediale

With the generous support of:



Thanks 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.




Invisible Forces

Erich Berger    Mari Keto    Martin Howse




19 October- 8 December 2019, Fri - Sun 2-6 PM
Opening 18 October 2019, 8PM
Artist Talk 19 October 2019, 5PM


Local Area Network (LAN). Workshop with Martin Howse 13 Oct and 10 Nov 2019, 11AM-6PM

(Registration required at
m@1010.co.uk )


Our planet is not only made up of earth and rocks, but also of a number of invisible forces that influence and shape the form and viability of life. Radiation is not just a by-product of the atomic age, but something that exists in the background of almost every environment. In this exhibition, the work of Erich Berger and Mari Keto is presented along with a workshop and forensic exhibition by Martin Howse to open a dialogue between contemporary culture and deep (geological) time and psycho-geophysics.

Erich Berger and Mari Keto's works examine the questions of toxic and radioactive waste in our world today. Inheritance is a precious family heirloom and consists of jewellery, which are radioactive and therefore rendered practically and symbolically unwearable. Together with an electromechanical device to determine the remaining radioactivity, the jewellery is stored in a concrete container which is build to endure over a vast amount of time. With these items the story goes that each time the jewellery is handed over from one generation to the next, the ritual of measurement determines if the jewellery can finally be brought in use and fulfill its promise of wealth and identity or if it has to be stored away until the next generation.

Open Care proposes a speculative future where individual families take responsibility for radioactive waste. The piece includes an electroscope for measuring radioactivity, an electrostatic charger and a storage disc for a small amount of nuclear waste, to be passed down form generation to generation. By rendering the huge timescale of radioactive decay into more meaningful units of lifetimes these work open the question of collective care and responsibility from a fresh perspective.

Martin's Howse's workshop and forensic exhibition, Local Area Network (LAN), is a transdisciplinary, speculative investigation of local fields and particles, energetic exchanges, towards the hacking and re-routing of circulations and networks at all stacked levels of local geological, environmental and technological "Umwelten".

LAN intervenes within the co-existent realms of algorithmic entities, of the structures and infrastructures of computation, and communication with the non-human entities of the earth (mycelium and microbes).

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With the generous support of:

   



Most recent events:

Mind the Fungi

Open Lab Night
at the Institute of Biotechnology/ Bioprocess Engineering, TU Berlin

Ackerstr. 76 Room Z20, Hof 3 Aufgang F, 13355 Berlin

Photo: Marcel Dostert

21 January 2020, 7-9.30 PM

No registration necessary | Free entrance

The Art & Science project Mind the Fungi is a cooperation between the Institute for Biotechnology at the TU Berlin and Art Laboratory Berlin and is dedicated to the research of local fungi and lichens. Scientists of the Department of Bioprocess Engineering will give short presentations to give an insight into the world of lichens and their potential for new natural products is presented. Afterwards, production tools, in particular bioreactors, that are used to reproduce the lichen cultures and their valuable materials, will be presented. There is also the opportunity to have hands-on experiences with the material – even under the microscope. Using lichens from the environment, experimental methods for isolation and characterization in laboratory experiments will be shown and the morphology of the symbiosis observed under the microscope.

Lichens represent a symbiosis of algae and fungi. Fungi and lichens offer a resource of diverse substances, the spectrum ranges from compounds to fine and basic chemicals such as bioplastic components to valuable food components and even building materials. In the case of lichens, the cultivation for the production of such diverse products is still at the beginning. Appropriate isolation and subsequent bioprocess optimization should greatly shorten growth times and unlock the potential for producing valuable substances.
The bioengineering research is expanded through artistic and design-based approaches. The Institute for Biotechnology works together with Berlin artists and designers to develop new ideas and technologies for the mushroom and lichen-based materials of the future and would like to involve the public in these developments.

The event is open to everyone, no previous knowledge is required!

Part of the Vorspiel programme in partnership with the CTM and transmediale


With the generous support of the Technische Universität Berlin as part of the program Citizen Science - Forschen mit der Gesellschaft:








Artist Talk | Happening

Florence Razoux: The Lumenses Project


Sunday, 5 January 2020, 3-6PM

Artist and scientist Florence Razoux will be presenting the Lumenses Project, a series of creative initiatives that offers a new perspective on menstruation and examine how the taboo that surrounds menstruation impacts society, and especially the biomedical research. The interactive art and science installation Bloody Holidays, questioning our perception of menstruation, will be presented to the public, with the opportunity to donate menstrual blood for the making of the piece.

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Symbiosis in intra-flux of the Anthropocene

Saša Spačal

Artistic research at the Rillig Group, Ecology of Plants, Institute of Biology, Free University Berlin in cooperation with Art Laboratory Berlin

29. November 2019, 7:30 PM: Project presentation: Saša Spačal in converation with Dr. India Mansour

For the month of November 2019 bio media artist Saša 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.Towards the end of the residency Art Laboratory Berlin will host a public presentation and discussion about the topics that residency covered, together with scientists from the Rillig Group.
(More on Symbiosis in intraflux of the Anthropocene)


In cooperation with:


Supported by :



This event is supported by the Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur Bezirksamt Mitte and the Bezirkskulturfonds as part of DIY Hack the Panke



Opening 5 September 2019, 7 PM

Mind the Fungi.
Local Tree Mushrooms as Sustainable Material for the Future


Venue: FUTURIUM | Futurium Lab, Alexanderufer 2, 10117 Berlin
Curated by Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz, Art Laboratory Berlin

Exhibition: 5 September 2019 – 30 April 2020
Curator's talk with Christian de Lutz: 7 September, 2019 3-5PM
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 10AM – 6PM, Thur 10AM – 8PM, Tues closed.
Free entry


Open evening with Talks and workshosp from Mond the Fungi a.o.: 5 Dec 2019, 5-8 PM



Mind the Fungi is a collaboration between the TU Berlin Institute of Biotechnology (TUB) and Art Laboratory Berlin (ALB), combining scientific research, citizen science and artist and designer residencies-in-lab. The project researches innovative uses for biomaterials produced from tree fungi. Researchers at TU Berlin's Institute of Biotechnology create new materials from natural sources. How and what you grow the material on defines its qualities. Art Laboratory Berlin brings together for this topic artists, scientists and the public to share knowledge and experience new forms of creativity through exhibitions, talks and workshops.

The exhibition shows how we have cultivated various tree fungi with different media (i.e. on substrate such as sawdust), and produced biomaterials with different shapes, structures and qualities. Some current examples range from mycelium bricks to 'vegan leather' and other design products. Videos and slide shows document the Art Science project "Mind thr Fungi", introduce the individual team members and provide a deeper insight into the creative world of an interdisciplinary work process.
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Curated by Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz, Art Laboratory Berlin

More information: https://futurium.de/en/blog/opening-of-the-futurium
and http://artlaboratory-berlin.org/html/eng-Mind-the-Fungi.htm

Part of the program Citizen Science - Forschen mit der Gesellschaft, Technische Universität Berlin:





Art | Research | Citizen Science


Mind the Fungi



A two-year collaborative project between the Technische Universität Berlin, Institute of Biotechnology and Art Laboratory Berlin. Artists Theresa Schubert 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.
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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



The 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.

Through 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.
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Symbiosis in intra-flux of the Anthropocene

Saša Spačal

Artistic 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 Saša 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 Saša Spačal and her colleagues Dr. Mirjan Švagelj 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 of works.
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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


Vivian Xu, Silkworm Project, 2013–ongoing, 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.

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In cooperation with Max Planck Institute for the History of Science



Previous events of note
:

Interdisciplinary Conference
Nonhuman Agents in Art, Culture and Theory

24-26 November, 2017


Prinzenallee 58, 13359 Berlin-Wedding
(Across the street from the Art Laboratory Berlin exhibition space)



Photographs: Tim Deussen

As 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 - First video documentation online!)




Information on the Nonhuman Agents series from 2017
here

Information on the Nonhuman Subjectivities series from 2016-17 here


Information on the [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies series from 2014-15 here...


Publications!

We are glad to announce our new publication:
[macro]biologies & [micro]biologies. Art and the Biological Sublime in the 21st Century.
Ed. by Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz, Berlin 2015

More information here...


Online publications:


We are proud to share with you our online-publication of the international interdisciplinary 3-day Conference from
24-26 November, 2017

Nonhuman 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:

Synaesthesia. Discussing a Phenomenon in the Arts, Humanities and (Neuro-)Science

Art Laboratory Berlin is grateful for the permanent support of:

 

Previous cooperation partners