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.

In the next few years the upper part of the Panke, in Berlin-Buch, will be re-wilded according to new EU standards, while the river's two points of entry into the Spree, currently underground, will be uncovered. DIY Hack the Panke is interested in these fluctuating areas and the effects of re-wilding, but our main area of focus is the Panke in Wedding and southern Pankow. This part of the river, known only a century ago as the 'Stinkpanke' because of pollution from nearby factories and tanneries, is now a popular urban green space sought after by local residents.

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.

Beyond public participation in the research and connected events, results will eventually be returned to the public in the form of an online blog or website. A final publication in book form is also planned.

Upcoming topics of interest:

  • Microplastics in the Panke
  • What lives in the Panke: microflora and fauna and larger creatures
  • Watery ecologies, community coalescence and experiments with algae
  • Panke mud ecologies and Winogradsky columns
  • Traces of the industrial Panke in soil an water
  • A cultural and natural history of the Panke


Members of DIY Hack the Panke include:

Ink Agop (artist)

Dr. Kat Austen (artist and chemist)

Mindaugas Gapševicius (artist)

Sarah Hermanutz (artist)

Dr. Daniel Lammel (microbiologist, FU Berlin)

Christian de Lutz (curator and artist, ALB)

Joana MacLean (microbiologist, GFZ, Potsdam)

Dr. India Mansour (biologist, FU Berlin)

Dr. Eliot Morrison (biochemist, FU Berlin and illustrator)

Fara Peluso (designer and artist)

Nenad Popov (media and sound artist)

Regine Rapp (art theorist and curator, ALB)


James Whitehead (biologist, FU Berlin)



Activities


Science by Doing. A Projekt with the students of the Gustav-Freytag-Schule

February-December 2019


Left, center: Microbiodiversity Workshop (Lammel, Mansour, Hermanutz) May 2019; right Mikroplastics Workshop (Austen, MacLean) Feb. 2019

Science by Doing offered the pupils of the Gustav-Freytag-Schule a wide range of events about the River Panke, spread throughout 2019. Through workshops and visits the Art Science collective DIY Hack the Panke made it possible for students to artistically explore biology, chemistry, design and ecology, and to implement their own ideas. In addition to workshops on the topics of urban ecology, microplastics (Austen, MacLean), microbiodiversity (Hermanutz, Mansour, Lammel) and wetland ecology (Hermanutz, Popov), there were performances such as the Wasserklang Orchestra (Austen), where the pupils examined the Panke using self-made instruments, which was later presented as an installation at the Berlin State Opera.

Further workshops on algae and speculative design (Peluso) introduced the students to current topics on sustainability and biomaterials. The school science club also visited Art Laboratory Berlin, the Lacuna Lab and the Futurium. Finally an art and science exhibition was presented in the school with the results.


From left: (1,2 ) Microbiodiversity Workshop, May 2019; (3) Wasserklang Orchester (Austen) May/June 2019; (4) Algea Workshop (Peluso) October 2019, (5) Wetland Ecology Workshop (Hermanutz, Popov) March 2019

Special thanks to the Gustav_Freytag-schule and Frithjof Glowinski.
Made possible with a grant from Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung





Symbiosis in intra-flux of the Anthropocene
Saša Spačal
29. November 2019, 7:30 PM: Project presentation: Saša Spačal in converation with Dr. India Mansour

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.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
     



Local Area Network (LAN).
Workshop with Martin Howse

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



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




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)

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



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



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 Bezirkskulturfond


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 Bezirkskulturfond


Panke Life. Microbiodiversity.
Workshop with Sarah Hermanutz, India Mansour and Fara Peluso

26 May, 2017, 1-6PM



Photos: Art Laboratory Berlin

This workshop will research the diversity of invisible life in the Panke River. Choosing a site along the river in Berlin-Wedding artists Fara Peluso and Sarah Hermanutz and microbiologist India Mansour will show participants how to investigate the microbial life and ecologies of an urban waterway. The workshop will explore the river and floodplain as microbial habitats, with special emphasis on water, sediment and soil along the riverbanks. The workshop will explore the river and floodplain as microbial habitats, with special emphasis on water, sediment and soil along the riverbanks. Microbial community characteristics, interactions with the environment, and nutrient cycles will be discussed and examples sought out.

Participants will test the water for signs of a possible Algal bloom in the coming summer, seek out life through microscopy and build their own Winogradsky columns, which can visualise bacteria and algae, from Panke mud. These will later bloom into rich visual and biological communities.
(More Information)

The event invites a wide public without special knowledge and is organised together with DIY Hack the Panke.

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




13/14 April 2019, 1-6PM

Workshops: (Un)Real Ecologies. Microplastics with Kat Austen & Frithjof Glowinski


Ph
otos: Art Laboratory Berlin

Plastic has pervaded water, soil and our bodies. It is the new icon of our time. During the (Un)Real Ecologies: Microplastics workshop we will explore the presence of microplastics in the Panke River, near Art Laboratory Berlin. How do organisms and microorganisms exist with and construct with these human-made materials? We will investigate water samples, to discover a new understanding of the reality of the Panke's ecosystem, with plastic present and wholly a part of it - a microcosm that allows us to ask: "what is nature?"

In the workshop participants will use DIY chemistry methods to separate microplastics from mineral and organic matter, and discover the origins of the plastics they find by creating density columns. They will also learn about the ecology of the Panke River and the Citizen Science project DIY Hack the Panke.
(More information)

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


     




7/8 July, 2018

Workshop: (Un)Real Ecologies - Microplastics (with Kat Austen & Nana MacLean)

Photos courtesy Kat Austen

Plastic has pervaded water, soil and our bodies. It is the new icon of our time. During the (Un)Real Ecologies: Microplastics workshop we will explore the presence of microplastics in the Panke River, near Art Laboratory Berlin. How do organisms and microorganisms exist with and construct with these human-made materials? We will interrogate the water samples, to discover a new understanding of the reality of the Panke's ecosystem, with plastic present and wholly a part of it - a microcosm that allows us to ask: "what is nature?"
(More information)

 

 


Supporters of individual activities include:
The
Shared Habitats Project, organised by Institutio Media and funded by Nordic Culture Point; BioSignals, in cooperation with Pixelache, is supported by Nordisk Kultur Kontakt Culture and Art programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers
Please see individual project pages for more information.



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