Nonhuman Subjectivities:
The Other Selves. On the Phenomenon of the Microbiome

1000 Handshakes by François-Joseph Lapointe


François-Joseph Lapointe, 1000 Handshakes, Performance, 2014

In connection with the exhibition Nonhuman Subjectivities: The Other Selves. On the Phenomenon of the Microbiome (more information)

3 February, 2016, 7PM - 1000 Handshakes by François-Joseph Lapointe
Performance during the opening night of transmediale/conversation piece

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
(House of World Cultures, John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin)

5 February, 2016 5-6.30 PM Talk: 1000 Handshakes – Towards an Aesthetics of the Microbiome

at transmediale/conversation piece, (House of World Cultures, John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin)
François-Joseph Lapointe with Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz (Art Laboratory Berlin)

As part of the opening of the 2016 transmediale festival of art & digital culture at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Art Laboratory Berlin will present the performance 1000 Handshakes by François-Joseph Lapointe, curated by Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz.

During this performative experiment Lapointe will shake hands with people, gradually changing the invisible microbial community in the palm of his hand. The DNA of this microbiome, whose samples will be taken from his skin during the performance, will then be analysed to reveal how our contact with others shapes the microbes between us, how it changes who we are. The performance raises awareness through physical and social engagement, through acts of participation and exchange on social, individual and microbial levels. The handshake is a basic and ancient act of networking, forms the beginning of a social, scientific and artistic collaboration between the performer and the public. The results will form part of the exhibition The Other Selves. On the Phenomenon of the Microbiome opening later that month at Art Laboratory Berlin.

During the transmediale there will also be a talk with François-Joseph Lapointe and curators Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz (Fri. 05.02.2016, 17-18.30, More information).

Podcast of the talk

RTE (Radio Television Ireland), published on 12 February, 2016 by Luke Clancy, Cultural File: Hacking a Microbiome
as .mp3 (from 2'22")


BZ- Berlin, Published on 3 February, 2016 by Philipp Pohl, Haus der Kulturen der Welt: Künstler will 1000 hände schütteln


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