[macro]biologies & [micro]biologies
and the Life Sciences in the 21st Century.
left to right : Mathias Kessler, Center for PostNatural History,
Anna Dumitriu, Brandon Ballengee, Maja Smrekar
To open our 2014 programme Art Laboratory Berlin will be presenting
three days of events on open source biology and micro-organisms
in connection with the transmediale festival:
Bio Lounge // 24 - 26 January, 2014
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 over the course of 2014 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.
I: the biosphere //
8 March - May 4, 2014
Katya Gardea Browne, Torre, Panoramico Solotepec/ Paisaje, Maiz
y Periferia, Mexico, 2014, photograph
(r) Alexandra Regan Toland, Wishgarden Series, Flooded Harvest,
Watershed map made with floodwater mud
on Cobblers' Bridge, Ljubljana, public performance for MOTA Museum
of Transitory Art, 2010
The first exhibition explores the multiple biological structures
and systems that make up a single unit on the planet Earth - the
biosphere. The biosphere, which has existed for at least 3 billion
years, is currently undergoing a situation of extreme change and
stress due to mankind's manipulation of resources, the release of
carbon based gases and environmental destruction. The four positions
in the exhibition explore different ways in which 'nature' has been
effected by or reacted to these recent stresses.
Participating artists: Katya Gardea Browne, Center for PostNatural
History, Mathias Kessler, Alexandra Regan Toland.
II: organisms // 31 May - 20 July, 2014
The second exhibition will highlight the work of artists working
with multi-celled organisms, how we relate to them, and how their
precariousness relates to our own situation in the 21st century.
Participating artists: Suzanne Anker, Brandon Ballengée,
the bacterial sublime // 27 Sept - 30 November, 2014
The third exhibition will be a retrospective of the British artist
Anna Dumitriu, whose work blurs the boundaries between art
and science with a strong interest in the ethical issues raised
by emerging technologies, and a special emphasis on bacteria and
a programme of talks, performances and other events with artists,
scientists and scholars will accompany the exhibition series.