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

You are invited to the finissage of the exhibition [micro]biologies II: proteo

on Sunday 29 March (2 - 6 PM)! Curators Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz are present and will be happy to answer questions.

Unfortunately the artist Joanna Hoffmann will not be able to be with us, so the artist talk will not take place!

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

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)

Current exhibition:

[micro]biologies II: πρωτεο / proteo - Joanna Hoffmann

Opening: 23 January, 2015, 7PM
Exhibition runs: 24 January - 29 March, 2015
Opening hours: Fri-Sun, 2-6PM and by appointment. Also open on Friday 27 March until 9PM
Opening of the [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies Library: 30. January, 2015, 7PM
Curators Talk: 1 March, 2015, 3PM
Finissage: 29 March, 2015, 3PM

[micro]biologies II: πρωτεο / proteo featuring artworks by Joanna Hoffmann is the fourth and final exhibition of the [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies series at Art Laboratory Berlin. The exhibition explores the minute biomolecules that form a basis for the phenomena of life.

Joanna Hoffmann's transdisciplinary works combine art, microbiology, physics and technology. Her use of multimedia installations, 3d stereoscopy, experimental video animation and other media explore the visualization of sub-atomic and molecular as well as cosmic space. Her work relates to advanced scientific research on the phenomenon of life and to the interplay between scientific and cultural, sensual and illusive, digital and biological, natural and synthetic.

[micro]biologies II: πρωτεο / proteo is intended as a laboratory of imagination. It brings together a few threads of artistic research being developed within the frame of the long-term project "Hidden Topologies of Being" inspired by the atomic structure of protein molecules, named "basic bricks of life". Their complex geometries are in turn compared to Calabi-Yau spaces, in which, according to superstring theory, successive dimensions of our world are "curled up" at the subatomic level. If the scientific hypothesis about multi-dimensional nature of the world is true, then these hidden spaces are everywhere, in each "point" of the space outside as well as inside us.

What does it mean for us to live in a multi-dimensional universe, or even multiverse? What kind of tools do we have to apprehend the invisible?

The exhibition space at Art Laboratory Berlin will be transformed into a multimedia installation. The core of the exhibition will be the work πρωτεο / proteo, whose title refers to Greek root of the name protein (Gr. πρωτεῖος the first, in the lead). πρωτεο / proteo is an animation in which a cloud of particles creates a mini-universe folded in the form of Calabi-Yau space. It gives birth to a convoluted protein molecule and its dynamic molecular 'dance of life', in a poetic way brings to mind a question about the relations between the energy, matter and form. The animation creates an effect of a hologram inside a transparent pyramid. It is a kind of virtual incubator, in which the process continues to develop and repeat itself.

By using technologies as diverse as Pepper's ghost (a forerunner of holography) and 3D video, Hoffmann's work presents the viewer with a set of structures for scientific, philosophical, and aesthetic wonder and analysis. Merging interpretations of scientific data, image, sound and poetry, πρωτεο / proteo poses questions about the challenges and boundaries of our cognition creating an emotional bridge between our daily experiences and the abstractness of contemporary science.

For this exhibition Joanna Hoffmann will be working in collaboration with sound artist and composer Andre Bartetzki.

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Part of the 2015 Vorspiel programme of the transmediale and CTM

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30. January, 2015, 7PM: Opening of the [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies Library
Parallel to the exhibition [micro]biologies II: πρωτεο / 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. Open until 29 March, 2015.

Last Exhibition:

[micro]biologies I: the bacterial sublime
Anna Dumitriu

Opening: 26 September, 2014, 8PM
Exhibition runs : 27 September– 30 November, 2014
Opening hours: Fri-Sun, 2-6PM and by appointment.
Artist talk: 28 September 2014,
Finissage: 30 November, 2014

Anna Dumitriu - Communicating Bacteria

The third exhibition will be a solo retrospective of British artist Anna Dumitriu, whose work in the field of art and science brings together historical narratives, cutting edge biomedical research and an interest in ethical concerns.

Dumitriu is well known for creating "The VRSA Dress" & and "The MRSA Quilt" which were made from so-called 'superbugs'. To create those works she grew bacteria onto textiles and used natural and clinical antibiotics to create patterns (sterilised prior to exhibition).

The exhibition will also include works from her "Romantic Disease" series which explores the history of tuberculosis (TB) from artistic, social and scientific perspectives and covers subjects such as superstitions about the disease, TB's literary and romantic associations, the development of antibiotics and the latest research into whole-genome sequencing of mycobacteria.
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