Nonhuman Subjectivities:

The Other Selves. On the Phenomenon of the Microbiome

François-Joseph Lapointe  Saša Spačal with Mirjan Švagelj and Anil Podgornik   Tarsh Bates   Joana Ricou

(left) François-Joseph Lapointe, Microbiome selfie, 2014 (center & right)
Saša Spacal, Mirjan Švagelj, Anil Podgornik Mycophone Unison, Responsive installation: electronics, sound, and biological material, 2013; Petri dish, detail of installation 2013

3 February, 2016, 7-11PM:
1000 Handshakes, performance by François-Joseph Lapointe as part of the Opening Night of transmediale/conversation piece, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures, John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin)
26 February, 2016, 8PM: Opening of the exhibition at Art Laboratory Berlin

Exhibition runs: 27 February – 30 April, 2016, Fri-Sun 2-6PM and by appointment

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Last event:

François-Joseph Lapointe, 1000 Handshakes, Performance, 2014

3 February, 2016, 7PM-
1000 Handshakes by François-Joseph Lapointe
Performance during the opening night of transmediale/conversation piece

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures, John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin)

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.

During this performative experiment Lapointe will shake hands with people, gradually changing the invisible microbial community in the palm of his hand. The DNA of this microbiome, whose samples will be taken from his skin during the performance, will then be analysed to reveal how our contact with others shapes the microbes between us, how it changes who we are. The performance raises awareness through physical and social engagement, through acts of participation and exchange on social, individual and microbial levels. The handshake is a basic and ancient act of networking, forms the beginning of a social, scientific and artistic collaboration between the performer and the public. The results will form part of the exhibition The Other Selves. On the Phenomenon of the Microbiome opening later that month at Art Laboratory Berlin.

During the transmediale there will also be a talk with François-Joseph Lapointe and curators Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz (Fri. 05.02.2016, 17-18.30, More information).

In cooperation with transmediale art&digitalculture

With the generous support of:

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...

[macro]biologies & [micro]biologies
Art and the Life Sciences in the 21st Century.

January 2014 - March 2015

from left to right : Mathias Kessler, Center for PostNatural History, Anna Dumitriu, Brandon Ballengee, Maja Smrekar

Moving from the vast to the minute, [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies, will be a series of 3 exhibitions, performances, and talks at Art Laboratory Berlin. The series moves from biosphere and landscape - systems, structures, creation and devastation (in exhibition 1) to the level of non-human, multi-cellular 'being' (in exhibition 2) and finally explores micro-organisms (in exhibition 3), as well as the minute particles or objects that still forms life or a basis for living. Additionally a programme of talks, performances and other events with artists, scientists and scholars will accompany the exhibition series.
(The [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies programme in overview)

Online Publication

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:


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