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
Discussing a Phenomenon in the Arts, Humanities and (Neuro-)Science
Immersion into Noise
works by Joseph Nechvatal
24 April 2015, 8PM
Artist Talk & Noise Music Concert: 25 April, 2PM
Exhibition runs: 25 April 21 June 2015
Opening hours: Fri-Sun, 2-6PM and by appointment
J. Nechvatal, frOnt windOw retinal autOmata,
Computer-Roboter gesteuertes Gemälde, 2x2m
Nechvatal (born in 1951 in Chicago) is a post-conceptual artist
working in digital art. He is one of the most important pioneers
of 'new media art,' but at the same time makes use of 'old media'
(such as painting and drawing). What is phenomenal, and in our opinion
relevant to the 21st century, is that his paintings are created
through a use of custom artificial life software and computer robotics.
subtitled Immersion into Noise, is Nechvatals first
solo show in Berlin and presents recent works to a Berlin audience
alongside his eponymous book Immersion into Noise (2011).
In that text, Nechvatal provides visual analogies to audio noise
within the powerful effects of the act of immersion.
In the bOdy pandemOnium exhibition, and in Nechvatal's work
in general, the term viractualism, meaning the interface
between the biological and the technological, plays an essential
role: "The basis of the viractual conception is that virtual
producing computer technology has become a noteworthy means for
making and understanding contemporary art. This brings art to a
place where one finds the merging of the computed (the virtual)
with the uncomputed corporeal (the actual)."
Parallel to his theoretical research, Nechvatal has created a series
of paintings and projections that show a C++ custom virus program
(created with the programmer Stephane Sikora) invading, destroying
and transforming his painterly art images based on intimate parts
of the human body. In the exhibition at Art Laboratory Berlin, two
large computer-robotic assisted paintings will be on display: frOnt
windOw retinal autOmata (2012) and rear windOw curiOsites
Also on view will be one of his famous viral computer software de-generative
works: Viral Venture (2011). It is accompanied by a musical
score for two hundred electric guitars by the com-poser Rhys Chatham.
An artist talk with noise music concert of his piece 3
pOstmOrtems will take place on the opening weekend, on Saturday,
25 April, 2pm.
Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz
Press: Olga Shmakova
This exhibition is made possible in part by a generous gift from
II: πρωτεο / proteo - Joanna Hoffmann
23 January, 2015, 7PM
Exhibition runs: 24 January - 29 March, 2015
hours: Fri-Sun, 2-6PM and by appointment. Also open on Friday
27 March until 9PM
of the [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies Library:
January, 2015, 7PM
Curators Talk: 1 March, 2015, 3PM
Finissage: 29 March, 2015, 3PM
/ 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.
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.
/ 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.
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
exhibition space at Art Laboratory Berlin will be transformed into
a multimedia installation. The core of the exhibition will be the
/ 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.
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.
this exhibition Joanna Hoffmann will be working in collaboration
with sound artist and composer Andre Bartetzki.
of the 2015 Vorspiel programme of the transmediale and CTM
January, 2015, 7PM: Opening of
the [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies
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.
and the Life Sciences in the 21st Century.
January 2014 - March 2015
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)