DIY Hack the Panke
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, 15 Uhr, bei Art Laboratory Berlin
Am For the last day of summer, sound and new media artist Nenad
Popov and biologists India Mansour and James Whitehead
(FU Plant Ecology) 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 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.
India Mansour researches microbial community structure and
function in rivers and soils as a postdoc at the Free University
Berlin, department Plant Ecology. She is currently focused on the
emerging theoretical framework of community coalescence, which investigates
the dynamics that occur when previously distinct microbial communities
James Whitehead is a PhD student at the Institute of Biology,
Free University Berlin. He investigates the impacts of urbanisation
on microbial soil ecology.
Nenad Popov is a media anarchist whose interests lie in,
or better, between art and research. The output of these processes
are live cinema pieces, sound installations, film installations,
weird sound making contraptions, impossible collaborations and occasional
parasitism on public cultural funds.
Art Laboratory Berlin
DIY Hack the Panke is a collective of artists, scientists
and curators exploring the rich historical and ecological heritage
of the Panke River in Mitte, Wedding and Pankow. Based at Art Laboratory
Berlin, we thank Panke e.V. for their cooperation in this workshop
and the Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur Bezirksamt Mitte and the Bezirkskulturfonds
for their generous support of our 2019 public programme.
event invites a wide public without special knowledge and is organised
together with DIY
Hack the Panke.
by the Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur Bezirksamt Mitte and the Bezirkskulturfonds: