Current exhibition:

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
Finissage 8 December 2-6PM!

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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Most recent event:

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)


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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 for 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.
(More information)


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

Cooperation partner:





Art | Research | Citizen Science


Mind the Fungi



A two-year collaborative project between the Technische Universität Berlin, Institute for Biotechnology and Art Laboratory Berlin. Artists Theresa Schubert and Fara Peluso will have artists- in residency at the Institute for Biotechnology while working with biotechnologists on a project developing biomaterials from local fungi.
(More information)


In cooperation with the Technische Universität Berlin, Institute for Biotechnology




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.
(More information)



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.
(More information)

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.

(More information)

In cooperation with Max Planck Institute for the History of Science




Last events:


Local Area Network (LAN)
Workshop with Martin Howse

13 Oct and 10 Nov 2019, 11AM-6PM



Participation fee: 20€/15€
To register please send a short statement of interest to m@1010.co.uk by 6th October.


Local Area Network (LAN) open workshop is a collective, speculative investigation of local fields/particles, and energetic exchanges, towards the hacking and re-routing of energy flows and networks at all stacked levels of local geological, environmental and technological "Umwelten", forking into a forensic exhibition at Art Laboratory Berlin.

LAN works in the field - at sites along the Panke - and in the lab, punctuating an ongoing exhibition of changing processes and prototypes, examining the interface of data ecologies and the non-human through mapping, measuring and intervening within local and specific energetic transformations, entropic gradients and boundings of matters, materials and cultures.

LAN examines and identifies sites of execution, the places where energetic transformations intersect with human infrastructure and agents of abstraction and logic; intervening within the co-existent realms of algorithmic entities, of the structures and infrastructures of computation, communication with the non-human entities of the earth (mycelium, microbes).

For example, specific devices, developed in the course of collective workshops will examine relations of computation and decay, perhaps logging the growth of lichen and other parasitic fungi/forms on human infrastructures or examining branchy dew formations of radioactive particles. Workshops and devices will equally examine relations of the decay of particles, and the extension of the nuclear/geological within the interiors of plants and bodies.

The first workshop will take place at Art Laboratory Berlin on the 13th October, the second on 10th November. For the 2nd workshop participants should follow the AND operator!


Local Area Network (LAN)
forms part of the exhibition Invisible Forces opening at Art Laboratory Berlin on 18 October, 2019.

Supported by the Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur Bezirksamt Mitte and the Bezirkskulturfonds as part of DIY Hack the Panke

     



DIY Hack the Panke

Wasserpank.
Workshop and Jam session with Kat Austen and Nenad Popov

5 October 2019, 2-6PM



Artist and chemist Kat Austen and sound and new media artist Nenad Popov will take the Panke River and its water as a starting point for this exciting workshop on sound experimentation from water and the environment. Mixing hydrophone recordings, DIY water and soil sensors, participants will be able to make their own recordings and the workshop will end in a group jam session along the river.
(More information)
More about DIY Hack the Panke

Supported by the Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur Bezirksamt Mitte and the Bezirkskulturfonds



Pankquelle
An audiovisual performance with Sarah Hermanutz and Nenad Popov
5 October 2019, 8PM



Artists Sarah Hermanutz und Nenad Popov will perform a new work based on their involvement in the citizen science collective 'DIY Hack the Panke'. The two artists' previous collaboration have mixed Hermanutz's artistic research into wetland ecologies with Popov's sound and programming based work.
For "Pankquelle', the artists draw inspiration from the Panke River's source in Brandenberg, and it's journey through the changing urban landscapes of Berlin.
(More information)

Supported by the Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur Bezirksamt Mitte and the Bezirkskulturfonds


Mind the Fungi
WALK & TALK #3

Briesetal | 28 September, 2019
(Day Excursion)
Lab excursion, TU Berlin | 1 October, 2019
(Evening)




Artist Theresa Schubert will offer diverse perspectives on the forest and its cultural meaning. Together with biotechnologists from the Institute of Biotechnology | TU Berlin she will guide us through the forest of Briesetal in search of tree mushrooms. This Walk and Talk forms part of a research project combining cutting edge biotechnological research, citizen science and artistic research.

Bertram Schmidt and Carsten Pohl from TU Berlin will show participants how to collect samples of fungi and preserve them for further study and cultivation. At a follow-up lab at the Dept. of Applied and Molecular Microbiology | TU Berlin on 1 October, participants will be shown how to inoculate Petri dishes with samples for cultivation.
(More information)


http://artlaboratory-berlin.org/html/eng-Mind-the-Fungi.htm
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Cooperation partner:





DIY Hack the Panke

Summer Walk and Talk #2:
Decay and Feedback: reckoning with the wild and the unsightly
with Nenad Popov, India Mansour and James Whitehead


22 September 2019, 3PM, starting at Art Laboratory Berlin



For the last day of summer, sound and new media artist Nenad Popov and biologists India Mansour and James Whitehead (FU Plant Ecology) will walk along the Panke and give a series of short talks interwoven with participatory actions and interactions between visible and invisible ecological layers surrounding the Panke river. They will explore themes including the human modification of urban landscapes through time, 'natural' cycles of decomposition in soils and rivers vs. the decay of man-made materials and the feedbacks between the synthetic waste and ecosystems in the city.

The research group DIY Hack the Panke, founded in January 2018, consists of a group of artists, scientists and curators 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.
(More information)

Supported by the Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur Bezirksamt Mitte and the Bezirkskulturfonds

Summer Walk and Talk #1
13 July 2019, 3.30PM, starting at Art Laboratory Berlin




Microbiologist Daniel Lammel and biochemist and illustrator Eliot Morrison from the artist and scientist collective DIY Hack the Panke will guide participants along the Panke River in Berlin-Wedding, discussing the interaction of water, soil and atmosphere from the molecular level and how this effects and is affected by organisms up to the larger ecological level. They will explain how water, plants and soil take part in cycles of carbon and nitrogen that support life, and how Berlin's urban environment can both nurture and threaten biodiversity.

The meeting point is Art Laboratory Berlin at 3.30PM, where curators Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz will give a short introduction to the current exhibition "The Silkworm Project" before the Walk and Talk.
(More information)


Supported by the Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur Bezirksamt Mitte and the Bezirkskulturfonds




Last exhibition:

The Silkworm Project
Vivian Xu

Exhibition: 01 June - 14 July, 2019, Fri-Sun 2-6PM
Opening: 31 May, 8PM

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8 June 2019, 3-6PM: Workshop THE SILKWORM PROJECT with Vivian Xu.
(Mehr Informationen)

30 June 2019, 3PM: Artist Talk with Vivian Xu and Lisa Onaga (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science)
(Mehr Informationen)
Supported by the Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur Bezirksamt Mitte and the Bezirkskulturfonds

04 July 2019: Symposium The Artist-Silkworm Interface: The Agricultural Treatise as Source and Scrutiny for Creating an Artist Book, organised by Lisa Onaga, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.
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Vivian Xu is a media artist and researcher based in Shanghai. Her work is situated between bio and electronic media in creating new forms of machine logic, life and sensory systems, and often takes the form of object, installation or wearable.

In The Silkworm Project Vivian Xu explores the possibilities of using silkworms to design a series of hybrid machines capable of producing self-organised 2D and 3D silk structures. Xu wants to understand how far the behaviour of insects can serve as a foundation for technological design. To this end she has developed cybernetic devices based on both biological and computer-controlled logic. In the exhibition a series of interactive machines made of silkworms and electronics will be displayed. The artist-designer works on the creation of self-organised silk structures designed by live silkworms, a posthuman machine.

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 . Between May and August 2019, Vivian Xu will pursue her artistic research at MPIWG and ALB. The exhibition and a workshop on sericulture by Vivian Xu will provide the public with insights into this fascinating long-term project.
(More information)

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