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NONHUMAN AGENTS - in retrospect
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23 February, 2018 from 7-11PM

Art Laboratory Berlin cordially invites you to revisit our 2017 programme Nonhuman Agents in Art, Culture and Theory. We will present photo, video and text documentation of our 2017 series of workshops, talks and exhibition, as well as the three-day conference in November 2017.

Interdisciplinary Conference
Nonhuman Agents in Art, Culture and Theory

24-26 November, 2017

Art Laboratory Berlin
Prinzenallee 58, 13359 Berlin-Wedding (across the street from the Art Laboratory Berlin exhibition space)

As a theoretical addition to our ongoing series Nonhuman Agents (June - December 2017) Art Laboratory Berlin - along with our partners, The Institute for Arts and Media, University of Potsdam - has brought together international artists, scholars, and scientists from different disciplines to discuss artistic, philosophical, ethical and scientific approaches to nonhuman agency. Previous positions from our Nonhuman Subjectivities series (2016-17) were also be included.

The conference started with a reflection on post-anthropocentrism by redefining intelligence (human, animal and plant intelligence), agency and sentience. An in-depth consideration included the role of fungi: mycelium, the Internet of trees and yeasts. Microbial agency was explored via the phenomenon of quorum sensing and biofilms, proposing a micro-subjectivity. There were contributions on the microbiome and holobiome, taking into consideration the human as nonhuman. We sought to open up a discussion to endosymbiosis and sympoiesis, reflecting symbiotic relationships, horizontal gene transfer and the role of Lynn Margulis in 21st century Biology and Science and Technology Studies. Finally, the conference discussed nonhuman perspectives under threat and proposed an ethology for the techno-scientific era.

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Nonhuman Agents in Arts & Culture

Nonhuman Agents takes into account recent philosophical approaches which question anthropocentrism. These discourses emphasise non-human perspectives through object-oriented ontology (Harman and Meillasoux); discuss nonhuman / human encounters (Haraway); postulate a posthumanism (Braidotti); and examine various posthuman performative strategies such as intra-acting (Barad). A new 'de-centring' lets us draw our attention to a reality that can no longer be described in purely anthropocentric parameters.

Workshops & Lectures
Through workshops and lectures, four international artists, living in Berlin, invite the public to think about the non-human by means of selected artistic, performative and scientific methods. Mushrooms, mosses, lichens and bacterial processes, as well as Berlin wetlands, play a central role.

Alanna Lynch | Gut feelings
June 18, 2017

Margherita Pevere | Anatomy of an inter-connected system
15 July, 2017

Theresa Schubert | The forestal psyche
25 & 26 August, 2017

Sarah Hermanutz | ill-at-ease seep
28 October 2017

Presentation of Nonhuman Agents
14 September, 2017, 7-11 PM
15-17 September, 2017, 1-4PM

Heather Barnett + plan b (Sophia New & Daniel Belasco Rogers) | Swarm | Cell | City
23 & 24 September, 2017

Nonhuman Networks
Heather Barnett
| Saša Spačal with Mirjan Švagelj & Anil Podgornik
Opening: 29 September, 2017 8PM | Exhibition runs: 30 September - 26 November, 2017

Interdisciplinary Conference
Nonhuman Agents in Art, Culture and Theory

24-26 November, 2017

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Sarah Hermanutz | ill-at-ease seep
28 October 2017, 7PM

Photos: Sarah Hermanutz

In her lecture the artist Sarah Hermanutz will discuss the relationship between humans and wetlands, which is the focus in her long-term artistic research. Wetlands are one of the most biologically diverse and important ecosystems for life on earth, but within the past century mankind has destroyed over 50% of them. The artist will explore our historical and contemporary relationship with these environments, including the tropes and prejudices that have marginalised them and justified their continued draining and destruction. Engagement with the uncomfortable sensory and aesthetic experience of wetlands is proposed as essential to reintegrating humans within these ecological communities.

The western world associates wetlands with disease and decay, both physical and moral. Examples from art, literature, and popular culture show fear and horror of these liminal zones, and link them with corporeal "otherness" that is also mapped onto queerness, disability, alien/foreignness, and the 'monstrous-feminine'. These unruly bodies are suppressed and repressed both physically and culturally, for the sake of troubling and purist notions of cleanliness, health, stability, and optimised economically productive systems. Large-scale drainage projects have been considered great feats of human engineering, converting marginal 'wastelands' into clearly defined zones of water and land, useful for anthropocentric agricultural and urban utilization.

The audience will be asked to reconsider the urban ecology of Berlin, as a city built on top of river floodplains and former wetlands. The sights, sounds, textures, tastes and smells of this ecology have been formally exiled to the margins of Berlin, but they continue to seep through. This lecture is an invitation to materially and sensorially engage with wetlands, and their potential to unsettle our defensive boundaries between water/land, self/other, living/nonliving, and human/nonhuman.
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Sensory Culture Club reading group #10: 24 October, 2017, 5PM
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Heather Barnett + plan b (Sophia New & Daniel Belasco Rogers) | Swarm | Cell | City
23 & 24 September, 2017 | 1-5PM

This 2-day workshop is a participatory experiment on art, performance and biology that precedes the exhibition Nonhuman Networks. The project invites the participants to view the city of Berlin by the nonhuman perspectives of the intelligent single-cell organism, the slime mould, Physarum polycephalum and GPS tracking

The aim of Swarm | Cell | City is to create the conditions for critical and creative learning to take place, without trying to control the outcomes. The origins of the creative exploration will derive from self-organising principles in natural phenomena, for example using stigmergic processes. Using the historical and contemporary topography of Berlin as inspiration, we propose a series of experiments and activities, which explore collective communication, cooperation and urban navigation at different scales.
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Presentation of Nonhuman Agents

14 September, 2017, 7-11 PM
15-17 September, 2017, 1-4PM

Results from the first three workshops of the Nonhuman Agents series, as well as our upcoming Autumn programme will be presented at Art Laboratory Berlin during the Berlin Art Week (in cooperation with the Berlin Network of Independent Project Spaces and Initiatives and the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe)

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Theresa Schubert | The forestal psyche

Friday 25 August, 2017, 7-9PM (Lecture)
Saturday 26 August, 2017, 10AM-6PM (Workshop in Brandenburg)

The lecture and workshop are based on the artist's long-term artistic research project on living organisms as an artistic material and medium. For this project, Schubert dedicates herself to the potential of slime moulds, mosses and lichens from the forests around Berlin. Slime moulds are the largest known single-celled organisms and live from decaying matter on the forest floor. Certain mosses and lichens are natural remedies as well as indicators of good air quality. Apart from a scientific approach, forests have always been places of myths, legends and fantasies. How can you combine imagination and biotechnology in an artistic project? Can one "demystify" hard science by interpreting it creatively?
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With the generous support of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe

Lecture & Performative Workshop

Margherita Pevere | Anatomy of an inter-connected system

15 July 2017, 2-6PM

Growing cellulose (bacterial culture in liquid medium), Margherita Pevere, 2016. Photo: Margherita Pevere

Starting point of this seminar is the artist’s research at the junction of visual arts, theoretical inquiry and investigation of biological processes. The seminar will focus on the discourses regarding human-nature relationship in the frame of today’s environmental crisis and how artistic practices involving living organisms and technology can innovatively contribute to the debate. How can artists problematise the complex interconnection between humans and the biosphere in a hyper-technological era? With what kind of aesthetic and ethical implications? The project aims at engaging the audience in a performative discussion with a visual outcome.
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With the generous support of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe

Performative Lecture & Workshop

Alanna Lynch | Gut feelings

18 June, 2017, 2-6PM (in English)

Photograph to the left: Matthias Reichelt/ Photograph to the right: Florian Denzin

As part of her ongoing research Alanna Lynch has been growing the microorganisms that produce kombucha tea. Through the process of fermentation this symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeasts (SCOBY) produces a cellulose material that is slimy and smells strongly while wet and can be dried and used as a textile. However, Lynch's interest in working with this life form goes beyond the material properties. Throughout this research Lynch has been actively consuming the microorganisms by drinking the tea. Given that about half of the cells in the human body are bacterial cells and acknowledging the microbiome-gut-brain axis whereby bacteria in the gut have been shown to effect the mind, how people think, feel and even behave, bacteria can be seen as radical in the potential it has to challenge categories such as subject/object, mind/body and human/non-human.
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With the generous support of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe

Artist Talk with Guy Ben-Ary
May 5, 2017, 8PM

Guy Ben-Ary
is an artist and a researcher at Symbiotica (University of Western Australia, Perth) an artistic laboratory dedicated to the research, learning and hands-on engagement with the life sciences. Recognised internationally as a major artist and innovator working across science and media arts, Guy specialises in biotechnological artwork, which aims to enrich our understanding of what it means to be alive. Guy's work focuses on tissue engineering, microscopy and biological imaging. His research explores a number of fundamental themes that underpin the intersection of art and science; namely life and death, cybernetics, and artificial life. Much of Ben-Ary's work is inspired by science and nature. His artworks utilise motion and growth and biological data to investigate technological aspects of today's culture and the re-use of biological materials and technologies.
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CellF, a neural synthesizer, will perform with Schneider TM (12 May) and Stine Janvin (13 May) as part of Technosphärenklänge #3 at HKW
12-13 May, 2017

The third edition of the Technosphärenklänge series, produced by the HKW in collaboration with CTM Festival, will present musical projects operating at the border of art and science. Three projects – the world’s first neural synthesizer that performs with human musicians; water droplets levitated and shaped by sound waves; and the interconnection of spatial sound and high-energy lasers – make current notions of materiality tangible and fundamentally re-think the relationship between nature, technology and human consciousness. All three projects require intensive research and constant collaboration between the artists, natural scientists and technologists. The following day, lectures and talks hosted together with Art Laboratory Berlin will explain the research and science behind the performances, and discuss the works’ social implications.
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A Projekt of HKW and CTM Festival in cooperation with Art Laboratory Berlin
Special thanks to the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine

Bio & Beer - Aquaponics system under artificial light
Biotinkering Berlin

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7:00 PM

Biotinkering wants to explore the possibilities given by aquaponics systems under artificial light. Hence we will set up a small aquaponics system under growth lamps. Organised by Alessandro Volpato.
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Art Laboratory Berlin programme as part of the framework of the transmediale/CTM festivals

Mycelium Network Society
February 24,2017
Art Laboratory Berlin will be taking part in the discussions at the opening event of the Mycelium Network Society (part transmediale ever elusive).
Location: silent green Kulturquartier
Gerichtstraße 35
13347 Berlin

17 Feb. 7-10PM
18 Feb. 12-8PM
19 Feb. 12-6PM

DIYBio faire Organized by Biotinkering Berlin
The three-day bio-fair brings together the players in the Berlin biohacking scene for a series of hands-on workshops, talks and a special exhibition featuring unique DIY laboratory equipment. The bio-fair focuses on the elusiveness of nature, trying to rebuild the lost connection between humans and the oldest organisms on Earth: bacteria, algae and fungi.

The fairs opens on Friday at 7 PM with a series of presentations by Berlin-based biohackers. The program continues on Saturday 12-8PM and Sunday 12-6PM with workshops and talks on topics ranging from 'bioluminescent bacteria' to 'tempeh fermentation' to 'spectrometry' by Jessica Bernds, Rüdiger Trojok and Alessandro Volpato and an exhibition of artworks by Lusi Ajonjoli & Hong Yu, Mirela Alistar, Graziele Lautenschlaeger, Fara Peluso and Margherita Pevere.

SciArt Café with BIOMOD and iGEM Team Berlin
29 January, 2017 3-6PM

The iGEM Berlin team ( presents their fifth SciArt Café. Under the main theme of "Synthetic Biology - a toolkit for solving humanity's problems" we will hear scientists and artists working with bioscience and afterwards discuss topics of synthetic biology.
1. Nikolaj Koch - Introduction into SynBio, iGEM Berlin 15-17, Using Synthetic Biology to clean our water from microplastics
2. Svenja Nierwetberg - Searching for parasites - Using synthetic biology for diagnostics (iGEM Charité)
3. Prof. Vera Meyer - Fungal Bioart : Combining scientific and artistic approaches in microbiology
4. plus additional talks on biology and the arts
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Bio & Beers | with Biotinkering e.V.

Do It Yourself Biology is a social movement where individuals, with or without knowlege and training in biology, organize themselves and study biology. Activities range from understanding basic biology topics to building a DIY laboratory and then proceed to do research similarly to institutions. This may be done as hobby, as open-science innovation, or for starting a business.

In Berlin there is a pool of DIY bio projects going on, though up to now an adequate space for these projects to happen has been missing. So the local community is organized in smaller groups, one of which is Biotinkering Berlin.

Biotinkering berlin e.V. is an association that promotes education, science and research.It meets 2 to 4 times a months at Art Laboratory Berlin, opening itself to bioart discussion and ideas.

The Bio & Beers format is for everyone: we start with a 20 minutes presentation, followed by discussions while having beers.
A project of Dr. Mirela Alister, Rüdiger Trojok, Alessandro Volpato and Biotinkering e.V.

Previous Biotinkering e.V. events

Living Systems | Aquatic Systems

with Robertina Šebjanič, Kat Austen, Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz
in the framework of the exhibition Aural Aquatic Presence.

18 September, 2016, 2-6PM

The current exhibition project artistically explores the interplay and intercommunication between animal and machine while focusing on the aquatic environment. Within this framework we want to invite you to our seminar which will theoretically explore these and other aspects about artistic and scientific methodologies on interspecies empathy and human-nonhuman companionship.

Robertina Šebjanic, Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator, 2014, photo by Miha Fras


Regine Rapp
Art and Object-Oriented Perception. Reflecting Living Systems in Contemporary Art

Based on the concept and exhibition series Nonhuman Subjectivities the presentation will theoretically reflect several artists and their specific artistic interest in nonhuman agents. Different artistic strategies will be presented to discuss the manifold aesthetic approaches to the phenomenon of object-oriented perception. Be it narrative strategies, aesthetic strategies of immersion, bridging medical historical phenomena with gender issues, or combining scientific laboratory and art practices – it is challenging to explore a variety of artistic approaches towards the nonhuman. The counterlinguistic turn as well as the concept of cooperative actions can serve as a useful theoretical ground within the debate.

Robertina Šebjanič
Subjectivity and the Aquatocene

The most substantial aims of the audiovisual performance Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva sonification (2015) are to explore the phenomena of interspecies communication, sonification of the envi-ronment and the underwater acoustic/ bioacoustics. Her new installation Subaquatic / Aquato-cene sound scape (2016) reflects about the immersion into the underwater acoustic environment and the sound and noise pollution produced there by human presence. The project explores the relationship between sound, nature and society and encourages rethinking the human impact on the (under)water habitat as well as the establishment and maintainance of safe audio environ-ments for animals that live in the oceans and seas.

Kat Austen
Experiments in Interspecies Empathy: The Coral Empathy Device

We have a lot in common with coral. It builds shelter to protect itself, and lives in symbiosis with microorganisms, which – like our microbiome – help it to survive. Coral acts like a steward to much other marine life, providing a home for the algae with which it lives symbiotically, and creating reefs that are one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. Using stewardship as a common starting point, Kat will discuss her piece The Coral Empathy Device (2016) in the context of exploring interspecies empathy through artistic investigations into the marine environment and human perception. Drawing on an approach that melds together multiple knowledges, Kat will explain both the conceptual approach and her methodologies in the research and creation of a piece that challenges the audience physically to prompt a lived experience connecting human-in-air and coral-in-water.

Moderated by
Christian de Lutz

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Bio & Beers | with Biotinkering Berlin e.V.
A project of Dr. Mirela Alister, Rüdiger Trojok, Alessandro Volpato and Biotinkering e.V.
Bio & Beers Aug 25, 2016 · 7:00 PM
We kick off the use of new space with a series of weekly Thursday meetings.

The Bio & Beers format is for everyone: we start with a 20 minutes presentation, followed by discussions while having beers. This week's topic is: Digital biology in every home: what would you do with a personal lab?

Autumn 2016 program of Biotinkering Berlin Art Laboratory Berlin


Brandon Ballengée | Katya Gardea Browne | Pinar Yoldas

Curated by Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz
At the Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung, Auguststr. 75, 10117 Berlin
Exhibition runs 2 July-4 September, 2016
Opening: 1 July, 2016 at 7PM.
Artists talk 3 July, 2016 at 2PM

Curators' tour: 24 July, 2016 at 2 PM
Closing reception and curators' tour: 4 September, 2016 at 2PM
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Art Laboratory Berlin | DIALOG

Sunday, 17 July 2016, 3PM

For the closing event of the exhibition On Animals. Cognition, Senses, Play we are pleased to invite you to an interdisciplinary dialog. There will be fascinating contributions from diverse disciplines – from art history, philosophy and ecology.

Antonia Ulrich, philosopher and cultural theorist
Rollentausch. „Planet of the Apes“ (1968)

Antonia Ulrich does research in the field of philosophical aesthetics, political, media- and gender- specific conditions of philosophy and art as well as Cultural Animal Studies. In this context, she published and taught e.g. on artistic imitation and monkeys respectively apes in art history and in film. Ulrich co-curated the exhibition “Becoming-animal, becoming-human” in the NGBK Berlin (2009) and co-edited two issues of the interdisciplinary journal “Tierstudien”: „Metamorphosen“ (4/2013) and „Tiere und Tod“ (5/2014) (together with Jessica Ullrich). Also relevant to the topic of her presentation at Art Laboratory Berlin is her article “Äffen und NachschAffen”, in: „“ (2/2005); .

Marie Neuwald, Spokesperson for the Protection of Wolves, Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union, NABU
Über die gegenwärtige Situation von Wölfen in Deutschland

Since 2000 there have once again been wolves in Germany. After the discovery of a pack living in Saxony caused much attention, people's relationship with these new neighbours has normalised. Meanwhile about 40 wolf families live in German wilderness areas. The question of whether wolves can survive in Germany is not a question of biology or ecology, but a question of the prejudices, worries and fears of some people. For this reason NABU has been running the Willkommen Wolf project since 2005.

Nonhuman Subjectivities
On Animals. Cognition, Senses, Play

Rachel Mayeri   Maja Smrekar

Opening: 27 May, 2016, 8PM
Artists talk: 29 May, 2016, 3PM

Exhibition runs: 28 May– 17 July, 2016, Fri-Sun 2-6PM and by appointment. (24 June open until 9PM)

Left: Maja Smrekar, I Hunt Nature and Culture Hunts Me, 2014, performance and video; right Rachel Mayeri, Apes as Family, 2012, Film

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Sunday 22 May, 2016
There be Dragons:
Talk and Q&A with Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger
At SPEKTRUM | art science community
Bürknerstraße 12 12047 Berlin

Doors: 19:30 / Start time: 20:30

Talk 'There be Dragons: human impact on the environmentally sensitive Galapagos and Lord Howe Islands' by bio-artist Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger

Moderated by Christian de Lutz (Art Laboratory Berlin)

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"In the Age of the Anthropocene, this talk will explore how humans impact on our world both by their presence and indirectly by their lifestyle. This is a science-art investigation of tourism and its effects on closed eco systems, specifically the Galapagos and Lord Howe Islands (both World Heritage Listed). Through my art investigations I work to bring awareness to the public in order to create a more relevant understanding of the issues surrounding human impact on the environment and its long term effects.

Through the interaction between the worlds of art and science I explore evolution in the Anthropocene, a harbinger for the future of our human interaction on this earth. Increasing tourism instigated by economic change and the media’s current focus on the apparently pristine, remote and untouched landscapes, creates expectations of the natural environment. With the Islands of Galapagos and Lord Howe acting as microcosms for our biosphere, this dialogue will explore the uncertainties that surround population growth, extinction and the dissemination of toxic materials into the environment.

My research and resulting artworks explore, through photography, video, microscopy, sound and installation, connections on how utopia becomes a dystopia, we trapped in our desires for a unique experience; how modernisation and the need for the tourist dollar become can become weapons for a bleak future for the Galapagos and Lord Howe Islands."
-Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger

Event organised in cooperation with Art Laboratory Berlin

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

François-Joseph Lapointe  Saša Spačal with Mirjan Švagelj and Anil Podgornik   Tarsh Bates   Joana Ricou

Opening of the exhibition: 26 February, 2016, 8PM
Artists' Talk: 28 February, 2016, 3PM
Berlin Science Hack Day Stammtisch: 23 March, 7PM (More information)
Scientist and artist talk with PD Dr. Annette Moter and Tarsh Bates: 23 April, 2016, 6PM

Finissage with talk by Felix Navarrete: 30 April, 2016, 3-6PM
At 3PM Felix Navarrete (MA Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University, London) will give a talk on the nonhuman, bioart and an "immunological ethics" in reference to the philosophy of Baruch Spinoza:

"Bioart makes salient the problematization of the relation between readily recognizable "human" elements and the non-human constitutive operations that traverse them. Included in this exploration lies the crucial, open question of if and how we can construct an ethics commensurable to the reformulations of agency, identity, collectivity, and even of freedom, that such works of art force via their inhuman vantage points. We turn to the 17th century philosopher Baruch Spinoza's thoroughly materialist and naturalist conceptual framework as a resource to sketch out an immunological ethics that can more adequately think through the ethical subjectivity of 3rd person reflexive pronouns." (Felix Navarrete)

Following the talk there will be an informal reception. Artist Tarsh Bates and curators Christian de Lutz & Regine Rapp will be present.

Exhibition runs: 27 February – 30 April, 2016, Fri-Sun 2-6PM and by appointment.
(29 April open until 9PM

François-Joseph Lapointe, 1000 Handshakes, Performance, 2014

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 Lapoint withRegine 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.
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Podcast of the talk

In cooperation with transmediale art&digitalculture

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In the run up to our next series Nonhuman Subjectivities, opening 26 February 2016 with the exhibition The Other Selves. On the Phenomenon of the Microbiome, we are glad to announce a series of events together with the Vorspiel programme of the transmediale and CTM.

31 January, 2016, 3-6PM - SciArt Café with Berlin iGEM team
The iGEM Berlin team ( presents their fourth SciArt Café. Under the main theme of "Programming Life - Good Code/ Bad Code?" we will hear scientists and artists working with bioscience and afterwards discuss topics of synthetic biology. Join us on the 31th of January from 3.00 - 6.00 pm at Art Laboratory Berlin. After four warm up talks at ArtLaboratory Berlin, we will start the discussion over food and drinks.

In this science café we want to address the images and techniques in art and science that apply to the living organism at its source: the organism as bacteria, as gene, as a storage, as connecting element, as an imaginative. Which problems, challenges and questions drive the artists and scientists that are dealing with life in its smallest and most complex form?

Biotechnology aims at prolonging life and minimizing disease. At the same time they have to comply with strong security regulations
. The assumption that biology equals technology, which in consequence leads to an engineer-like approach towards life, is opposed to living organisms being complex and contingent “systems”. Biotechnology not longer describes its objects. Under the lead of the industry it is more and more split into specialized fields such as microbiology, genetics and synthetic biology. This development is strongly connected with new hopes and imagination, figuring a new knowledge and science of life, that might lead to both a longer and healthier life and a new industrial revolution.

Four short presentations engage with different perspectives ranging from synthetic biology, speculative science and art.
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30 January 2016
, 7PM - Reading and presentation by Rüdiger Trojok from his forthcoming book
Biohacking - Gentechnologie für alle, Franzis Publishing House (in German)
In the last several years a global movement of citizen scientists has developed with modern biology as a particular focus: their work has become known as biohacking. This book serves all those interested in this topic as well as beginners by offering a basic understanding of the world from a molecular biological perspective: Starting with the beginnings of life, the course of evolution is explained in broad terms, according to present knowledge. Theroretical knowledge is applied through practical examples: life can be programmed. Using advanced software, Synthetic Biology rewrites the digital code of life.

Subsequently a public debate has opened on how to deal meaningfully with this knowledge and the resulting technical possibilities. The modern understanding of life and deeper possibilities of intervention will, in principle, change the relationship between man and nature. Laboratories will soon be miniaturised computer chips, which can be used locally anywhere. Genetic databases will then represent the most important resource - but what are the limits of this global synthetic biology? Citizen scientists now pose the question of who can use the genarally available knowledge of modern biological sciences, and for what purposes.
Reading and presentation in German
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24 January, 2016 - Nenad Popov Art Science Swap - Two Heads Are Better than One

Workshop: starts at 2PM, followed by public presentation of results at 5PM.

…The states of mind involved in that sort of science and that sort of art are fundamentally the same. Both are seeking universal, objective truth. - David Deutsch

As a scientist you always think you know what you’re doing, so you tend to distrust the artist who says, “It’s great,” or “It’s no good,” and then is not able to explain to you why, as Jerry did with those drawings I took him. But here I was, sunk: I could do it too - Richard Feynman

Participants of the workshop are divided in the pairs of one artist and one scientist. Each pair will receive a problem to think about, each using their own method. That is the easy part. Then they are asked to switch roles - artists are supposed to think about the problem as scientists and scientists as artists. They monitor each others progress continuously and help each other. Then the process is repeated. Over a few iterations, both should have a glimpse into the methods of both art and science.

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23 January, 2016, 8PM - Sarah Hermanutz: Mind Blind: Therapeutic Interventions for Human/Nonhuman Communications
In her performance-lecture Sarah Hermanutz draws upon methods and aesthetics of academic lectures and psychological testing/treatment to engage with the gaps and pains of cross-disciplinary knowledge transfer. What does it mean to be a ‘mind-blind’ human, and how does this impact one's ability to function in a ‘normal’ social environment? Can we engage via creative analogy with this conceptual framework to better understand the difficulties faced by humans to interact with the non-human community? What new insights can an artistic exploration of autism research and ‘Mind Blindness’ provide for our understandings of (mis)communicate across difference?

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PROSTHESES. Transhuman Life Forms
Susanna Hertrich

Finnisage: 29 November from 3PM

Exhibition runs: 26 September – 29 November, 2015, Fri- Sun 2-6PM and by appointment
Open 27 November 2-9PM

Discussing Body Enhancement.
About Prostheses, Extensions and Cyborgs

Panel Discussion with
Susanna Hertrich | artist
Enno Park | author, co-founder of Cyborgs e.V.
Regine Rapp| curator, Art Laboratory Berlin

Friday, 13 November, 2015, 7pm
Seminar in English with limited seating.
Registration required:

Susanna Hertrich, Jacobson’s Fabulous Olfactometer, Digital Photo, 2014

The works by Susanna Hertrich, currently on exhibition at Art Laboratory Berlin, are part of her long-term research project Bodies & Technology. In this project, she reflects on the phenomenon of prostheses as an extension of the human in the 21st century. In the context of the latest technologies as well as current developments in the field of neuroscience and biology Hertrich proposes new transhuman sensory enhancements. The exhibition also presents Neil Harbisson, who has overcome colour blindness by means of an 'Eyeborg', which translates colour into sound. Harbisson is the world's first officially recognized Cyborg.

Starting from these two positions the panel discussion will discuss, from different perspectives, the phenomenon by which the human sensory apparatus is extended by computer-controlled prostheses. In the context of the debate on human 2.0, the social, political and ethical implications of the latest technologies will be critically questioned. Biotechnological developments and techno-philosophical discourse have long overtaken the popular caricature of the cyborg as a futuristic superhero. There currently exists an interesting range of discussions on bodily extensions from both artistic-aesthetic and media-philosophical perspectives.

More than a quarter century after Donna Haraway's Cyborg Manifesto, the human/machine interface has become far more complex. The idea of creating a better quality of life and reality by utilising the transformative power of the cyborg can be re-examined within the framework of current manifestations.

In her artistic research Susanna Hertrich focuses on technological extensions of the human body. She builds devices that are functional as well as speculative to anticipate a man-made evolution and thus refer to current ecological and social changes. She has collaborated with research laboratories in Japan, China and Berlin and in 2016 will begin a three-year research in Switzerland project on extending the human sense.

Enno Park studied Business Informatics and writes for the
Electric Reporter and Jungle World a.o. In his writing, he deals with the impact of the digital change on society, especially the fusion of man and machine. Since he wears cochlear implants, he describes himself as a cyborg, and is one of the founders of the Berlin based Cyborgs eV.

Moderated by Regine Rapp (Art Laboratory Berlin)

6PM | Artist (Susanna Hertrich) and curators will be present in the exhibition space
The exhibition will be open from 2-9PM.
7PM | Panel discussion
9PM | Get-together, drinks

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Childrens' Workshop!
Sun, 4 October, 2015, 2-4 PM (8–12 Jahre)
Please register at:

Art Laboratory Berlin will show children (between 8 and 12) the fascinating objects and images of the artist Susanna Hertrich. What are Protheses? How can we extend our bodies? How do we really want to appear? Today people can seemingly change their bodies almost at will through new technologies. We want to discover together what is really possible and how the maschine-person of the future might live.

No fee for children and adults.(Donations apreciated!)


Theresa Schubert // Growing Geometries - Evolving Forms
Exhibition runs: 29 August– 20 September, 2015
Opening: 28 August, 2015 8PM

Artist Talk and Finissage: 20 September, 2015 3PM

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26-28 June, 2015 - Plan Bienen
A project by Tessa Zettel and Sumugan Sivanesan

Opening: 26 June from 8PM
Brunch and Talk: 28 June 12-2PM (RSVP at
Viewing open 27-28 June, 2015 from 2-6 PM

Plan Bienen is an ongoing research project developed by Sydney-based artists Tessa Zettel and Sumugan Sivanesan during their residency at ZK/U - Centre for Art and Urbanistics in Berlin in 2014.

With Plan Bienen the artists attempt to make real and speculative connections between two parallel crises – one within European economic systems and the other in honeybee ecologies. Considering Berlin’s development as a multicultural ‘creative’ capital, the artists take the local histories and current popularity of urban beekeeping as an entry point to explore expanded possibilities for non-monetary economies and new social habits already present within Berlin’s food systems, intercultural gardens, migrant networks and ‘hausprojekts’. In the process they ask what kinds of promising ‘more-than-human’ futures might today’s city bees lead us towards.

‘Plan Bienen: Statements of Profit and Loss,’ will be open Friday evening, as well as Saturday and Sunday from 2-6PM, and will show documents and artefacts generated by the project. On Sunday 28 June there will also be a brunch and conversation, 'Rates of Exchange—A Discursive Sonntagsbrunch', discussing exchange and relations in the multispecies city, from 12-2PM.
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Cooperation Partners: ZKU - Centre for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin Food Art Week

This project is supported by the Australian Artists' Grant. The Australian Artists’ Grant is a NAVA initiative, made possible through the generous sponsorship of Mrs Janet Holmes à Court and the support of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts

Joseph Nechvatal: Artist Talk & Noise Music Concert: 25 April, 2015 2PM
An artist talk with noise music concert of his piece 3 pOstmOrtems in connection with the exhibition
bOdy pandemOnium. Immersion into Noise.

Exhibition runs: 25 April – 21 June 2015

1 March, 2015- Curators' talk with Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz in connection with the exhibition [micro]biologies II: πρωτεο / proteo and the [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies series.

30. January, 2015, 8PM: Opening of the [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies Library
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.

Science Café with the Berlin iGEM team

Sunday 11 January, 2015 3-6PM

The iGEM Berlin team ( will recap their project "Remote-controlled E. coli bacteria/ Magnetic Bacteria", which they presented during the finals of the 2014 international genetically engineered machines competition (iGEM) in Boston. Art Laboratory Berlin and iGem Berlin invite you to discuss ideas, projects and implications of current trends in the life sciences in an open cafe environment.

Part of the 2015 Vorspiel programme of the transmediale and CTM

[micro]biologies I: the bacterial sublime
Anna Dumitriu

Anna Dumitriu - Communicating Bacteria

Workshop with Anna Dumitriu: 30 November, 2014
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On this practical and discussion-based workshop participants will begin to learn how to work safely with bacteria as an artistic medium using commonly available supplies. They will start to develop a 'bacteriocentric' view of the world, understand the textile techniques used in the exhibition, discuss new advances in clinical microbiology, and learn more about the artworks in Dumitriu's solo retrospective "[micro]biologies 1: the bacterial sublime", including "The Romantic Disease" project which investigates tuberculosis. The workshop will also look at issues of public engagement in science, ethics, and the nature of collaborative art/science practice.

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Anna Dumitriu
Artist talk: 28 September 2014,

Exhibition runs : 27 September– 30 November, 2014
Opening hours: Fri-Sun, 2-6PM and by appointment.

Synthetic biology workshop with the artist collective C-LAB

5-7 September, 2014 (Schedule TBA)

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photo: C-LAB

Art Laboratory Berlin, in cooperation with Desiree Förster and Daniela Silvestrin, invite you to a workshop on Synthetic Biology and art by the artist collective C-LAB (UK).

C-LAB is a London based collective founded by Laura Cinti and Howard Boland which critically deals with the contemporary overlapping of art, science and technology. The focus of Cinti and Boland's work is the investigation and exploration of the meaning and characteristics of all that relates to organic and synthetic life. Their concern here is to create a platform for both artistic and scientific reflection and discussion. In their current experimental art projects C-LAB have developed several genetic constructs that lead to novel behavior in E. coli bacteria; the artists explore the possibilities offered of synthetic biology and genetic engineering techniques in an art context (e.g. in artworks such kate, katEred, Stressostat and Banana Bacteria).

This workshop is for artists, designers, DIY biologists, and especially lay people who wish to gain practical experience with the processes and methods in the creation of new life forms, bio-materials and new forms of expression. During the workshop's three days C-LAB will show, within a complete cycle of operation, how new forms of expression can be integrated into bacteria by genetic engineering and standardized synthetic biology. The aim is not only to test how parts can be interchanged easily by means of standardized genetic engineering, but the participants will also attempt the production of genetic biosensors.

The workshop will take place partly in a makeshift (DIY) laboratory (on the premises of Art Laboratory Berlin), and partly in a professional laboratory for molecular biology. The participants will be encouraged "to get their hands dirty" during the workshop and work with professional equipment in both an artistic and scientific context. The results and experiences will then be reflected and discussed together with the artists, and both the artistic and the specific scientific practices will be discussed from different points of view.
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Funded by the European Union and the Federal State of Berlin within the framework of the "Zukunftsinitiative Stadtteil" part of the program "Soziale Stadt."

Special thanks to the Institute for Chemistry (TU Berlin) and Biotinkering Berlin


Sunday 20 July, 3PM
Artist talk with Maja Smrekar, followed by finissage

Saturday 19 July, 2 - 4 PM
Children's Workshop
with Desiree Förster in conjunction with the exhibition [macro]biologies II: organisms (in German) Ages 8- 12, free (with registration at

The workshop will enable children between ages 8 and 12 the possibility to interact creatively with art and nature. We will look at works by the artists in the exhibition as well as well known images (from biology, fairy tales, etc) and redevelop common questions about feelings, experiences and stories that fit. Afterwards there will be the opportunity to be creatively active and to develop an individual collage, drawing or painting, or develop an expression in text form. The collages will be shown during the finnisage of the exhibition on the following day and can be taken home afterwards.

Sunday 6 July, 3 PM
Tour of the exhibition
[macro]biologies II. Organisms with the curators and ALB staff
Visitors can experience the exhibitions through the perspective of the curators, Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz, as well as gain special insight from other members of the ALB staff, who took part in the preparation and installation of the exhibition.

Friday 27 June, 2014 at 6.30 PM (at Prinzenallee 58 2.HH)

Integrating Nature's elegant solutions into the design process - a Talk with Dr. Prateep Beed, Co-Founder Biomimicry Germany e.V. (in English)

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Biomimicry is a creative method for sustainable innovation and product design in today's world. The key concept of biomimicry is that Nature - during her 3.8 billion years of existence and constant evolution - has solved most of our problems in very elegant and clean ways: Nature masters energy production, water supply / cleaning, food production, transportation, and cooperation - things we are struggling with. Biomimicry Germany e.V. is a team of multi-disciplinary experts using Biomimicry as a creativity and innovation tool. As such it creates novel solutions that are sustainable, more efficient and cost-effective thereby spearheading an entirely new direction. It focuses on design principles that have been tested by Nature for billions of years and proven to be successful. During the Talk Dr. Prateep Beed will try to inspire you to look at nature with a different eye - as a rich solution space for elegant designs with local adaptation combined with efficient strategies for sustainable innovations.
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[macro]biologies II: organisms
Artists Talk with Suzanne Anker, Brandon Ballengée and Maja Smrekar
1 June, 2014, 3 PM

The second exhibition of the series [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies, [macro]biologies II: organisms will highlight the works of artists dealing with multi-celled organisms. Noteworthy is both the relationship of these organisms to us, as well as their roles as independent actors. The exhibition focuses on the works of three remarkable, internationally recognized artists whose work deals with multicellular organisms: Suzanne Anker (US), Brandon Ballengée (US) and Maja Smrekar (SI).

The American artist and theoretician Suzanne Anker has been one of the key figures working at the border between art and biology for several decades. Her work combines inquiry into science and the newest technologies with a keen aesthetic sense.
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The American artist Brandon Ballengée pursues a sustainable form of artistic research in his metier as a visual artist in the field of bioart and as a biologist in the field of herpetology.
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Maja Smrekar is an emerging young artist from Ljubljana, Slovenia, connecting the intersections of humanities and natural sciences with her main interest in the concept of life.
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[macro]biologies I: the biosphere
Curator's Talk and Tour through the exhibition
4 May, 2014, 4 PM

For [macro]biologies I: the biosphere we have chosen four important international artists (Katya Gardea Browne, The Center for PostNatural History, Mathias Kessler, Alexandra Regan Toland) dealing with the structures and systems of our world. The exhibition focuses on the ecosystem and the biosphere with billions of life forms that interrelate with other systems (i.a. geologie and climate).

During the Talk the curators Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz will present 4 artistic positions and give an insight into the year's programme
[macro]biologies & [micro]biologies at Art Laboratory Berlin, as well stress the role of bio art today:
We see the varied and complex approaches of bio artists working in the 21st century to be playing a unique set of roles in dealing with a series of crises that are already beginning to emerge. Beyond the artist's traditional role as aesthete and communicator of ideas, many of today's bio-artists have taken up the role of bio-ethicist, in a manner that is both unique, and to our mind more effective than the traditional positions of philosophers, humanities scholars or politicians in this role. We also propose that artists can play an active role in defining new aims, guidelines and types of research. This may seem radical, but follows upon the influence of designers, musician and other creatives in defining software development. This also offers an opportunity to heal the two century long rift between the arts and sciences, not by bringing the sciences down to the level of social intercourse (e.g. entertainment, amusement, Wunderkammer) but by offering society the opportunity to become involved in science (e.g. through engagement in citizen science at various levels). One important goal is a general democratization of the technologies that shape our lives.

Artist Talk with Katya Gardea Browne
30 March, 2014 at 3 PM

Katya Gardea Browne, Torre, Panoramico Solotepec/ Paisaje, Maiz y Periferia, Mexico, 2014, photograph

Art Laboratory Berlin cordially invites you to an Artist Talk with Katya Gardea Browne on 30 March, 2014 at 3 PM within the framework of the exhibition [macro]biologies I: the biosphere.

This show is part of a series of exhibitions - [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies - dedicated to artistic reflection on current drastic changes to how we connect, relate and interrelate to the worlds around us. The exhibition focuses on the ecosystem and the biosphere with billions of life forms that interrelate with other systems (i.a. geologie and climate).

The recent works of Mexico City based artist, photographer and filmmaker Katya Gardea Browne have stressed the cultural and environmental tensions between urban and rural in and around the megacity Mexico D.F.

For the exhibition she has produced three video works about different aspects of threatened ecosystems. Xochimilco (2014, 7:45 min.) is a meditative journey through the waterways of the district of the same name in the Mexico capital. The peaceful rhythm enables one to reflect upon the drastic changes in a megacity which originally was made up of flourishing wetlands. The video Panoramas (2014, 8:03 min.) can be seen as a homage to the Mexican landscape, both urban and rural. The video Maîs (2014, 16:14 min.) deals with the cultivation and use of maize in Mexico. The video provides an insight into the unique maize cultivation of so-called "milpas" (corn fields with mixed cultivation) and refers to the fundamental importance of maize in Mexico.

In the Artist Talk Katya Gardea Browne will speak about her personal interest in the topic of the biosphere as well as the process of artistic production & research.

DIY Bio Lounge // 24 - 26 January, 2014

Differential intake of coloured substances by slime mould Physarum polycephalum in laboratory implementation of Kolmogorov-Uspenskii machine. Courtesy of Andrew Adamatzky. Adamatzky A. "Physarum Machines" (World Scientific, 2010).

24 January, 2014, 8 PM: Art & Science Dialog with Theresa Schubert and Andy Adamatzky
In a dialogue between artist and scientist, Theresa Schubert and Andrew Adamatzky discuss working with the single cell organism Physarum polycephalum. As a living curiosum, this type of slime mould serves as a model for network optimisation. It can be interpreted as an 'agent' who distributively solves geometric problems. Presenting artworks and results of experiments, the talk challenges common understandings of intelligence and creativity, and emphasises a post-human view on the world and its creatures.

Theresa Schubert (DE) is a post-media artist, works as an artistic researcher and is a PhD candidate at the Bauhaus-University Weimar. (
Andrew Adamatzky (UK) is Professor in Unconventional Computing in the Department of Computer Science, Director of the Unconventional Computing Centre, and a member of Bristol Robotics Lab at the University of the West of England.

25 January, 2014
2-6 PM DIY Bio Lounge; bio-hackathon
7 PM Presentation by Rüdiger Trojok
6 PM - open end: DIY Bio Lounge, drop in & drop out; open bio lab; molecular cocktails; Bioluminescence installation by Sarah Chareza and Jessica Bernds

A full day programme of events introduced and led by biologist Rüdiger Trojok, combining science art, and open source science technology. This event is part of a larger project to create an open bio lab project in Berlin (see for more information.)

In the evening there will be a Molecular cocktail bar, serving sparkling wine with aperol bubbles, as well as 'smoking' cocktails.

26 January, 2014
2-6 PM DIY Bio Lounge, open bio lab
3 PM: BioStrike: Open Antibiotics Discovery a presentation by Denisa Kera ( and National University of Singapore)

25-26 January, 2014
Bioluminescence an installation by Sarah Chareza and Jessica Bernds
Accompanying Art Laboratory's programme of events (DIY Bio Lounge), this installation displays the bioluminescent bacteria (Aliivibrio fischeri). These bacteria are widespread in all oceans, and prefer to live in symbiosis with marine organisms (e.g. herring or squid). Bioluminescence, chemical reactions within the bacterial cells, make these cells visible in the dark. In contrast to phosphorescence, which is observed in decomposing organic material and can only be made visible through the absorption of outside light, bioluminescence only occurs in living organisms.

In the installation, these harmless bacteria have been cultivated on a nutrient medium. The artists aim to represent the aesthetics of decay, the daily occurrence when a large number of unused food wastes away, and thereby make a statement about the "the Food Question" and its relation to the global food shortage.

Jessica Bernds holds a Diploma in Biology and is a "free time artist". She got introduced to the DIY Biology movement in 2012 and is now part of the evolving and growing Berling DIY Bio group. Her interests are set between science and art. Focusing on the scientific part she likes using arts to introduce the scientific facts to a larger audience.

Sarah Chareza completed her PhD in Microbiology and Virology at the Germany Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg and is currently working in a contract research organisation.

Denisa Kera is a philosopher and a designer, who uses prototypes to rethink history of science, but also future scenarios related to emerging technologies. In 2013 she became a collector of DIYbio prototypes and Hackteria network archivist. She is also Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore.

Rüdiger Trojok studied systems and synthetic biology at the University of Potsdam and the University of Freiburg in Germany and Denmark Technical University. Currently he is building up a citizen science biolab in Berlin and actively promoting open source biotechnology in public, politics and the arts.

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DIY Bio Lounge is a project in cooperation with and the Vorspiel 2014 programme of transmediale and CTM.

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Art of Science, by Dr. Barbara Borek, Art-in-Berlin Online-Magazine, published 27 January, 2014


Viewing and Artist Talk

Nasim Manouchehrabadi: The Power of Form, the Form of Power
25 October, 2013, 7-11 PM
26-27 October, 2013 2-6 PM

Artist Talk with Nasim Manouchehrabadi on 26 October, 2013 3 PM

Nasim Manouchehrabadi,The Power of Form, the Form of Power, 2011

Summer 2009, Berlin. Actually, we had no doubt that he would be voted out. But then the results were announced and Ahmadinejad was re-elected president. It was a case of large scale election fraud, and while we were here, torn between anger and disbelief, Tehran experienced the largest mass protests since the fall of the Shah's regime. Suddenly there was a spirit of optimism; for the first time, the population reacted openly against the regime of the mullahs and exposed the rulers' illegitimacy before the whole world. However, the system reacted harshly, and mercilessly put down the uprising, causing many deaths and injuries.

This is how the Tehran-born and Berlin-based artist and designer Nasim Manouchehrabadi described the events following the Iranian presidential elections in 2009. These are the major impetus for the development of her work "The Power of Form, the Form of Power" which will be on view at Art Laboratory Berlin from 25-27 October, 2013.

-Curated by Olga Shmakova

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Artist Talk with Pinar Yoldas
3 October, 2013 at 7 PM

Pinar Yoldas is a cross-disciplinary artist and researcher with a background in architecture, interface design, computing and neuroscience. Her work investigates social and cultural systems in regards to biological and ecological systems. She is the 2013/14 resident at the Vilém Flusser Residency Programme for Artistic Research, run by transmediale and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK).

in cooperation with transmediale

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Speculative Biology Workshop:
The Design of Biological Systems and Neo-organs

with Pinar Yoldas
28 September, 2013 from 1-6PM

“...from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.” (Charles Darwin)

As artist Pinar Yoldas writes: "Our capitalistic biomass manufactures mountains of e-waste, beaches of tar, rivers of zinc, oceans of plastic. We are an army of plastic surgeons giving the planet a new face. A face that opens its eyes to new life forms, new beginnings, new extremities. What kind of fish will swim in the plastic ocean? Who will be sunbathing on the beaches of tar? What plants will thrive in a forest of concrete and steel? Which insects will lay eggs on the valleys of asphalt? What birds will fly in the hazy mornings of a smog stained sky?"

In her workshop the artist will give a quick overview into general biological systems such as the circulatory system, the respiratory system, the nervous system, the reproductive system etc., and how these systems (or more specifically organs) might evolve under the influence of global environmental transformations.

Somewhere between bio-mimicry and critical design, the workshop will give you the time and assets to design your own lungs, grow that extra organ you always wished for or think about that ultimate meat supplier with zero methane impact you have been craving for.

Participants will then discuss and design speculative models for life forms for a post-human era.
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Art and Science talk with C-LAB and Rüdiger Trojok

24 August,3 PM

CLAB, The Living Mirror, 2013

Art Laboratory Berlin would like to invite you to an artist talk with the artist collective C-LAB (UK) and the biohacker Rüdiger Trojok (Berlin) presented by Desiree Förster and Daniela Silvestrin on 24 August from 3 PM.

C-LAB is a London based artist collective, founded by the two artists and scientists Laura Cinti and Howard Boland, that is dealing critically with contemporary intersections and cross-fertilisation of art, science, and technology. The work of Cinti and Boland focuses on the examination and exploration of the implications, properties and peculiarities of all which is or regards organic and synthetic life. This being their incentive, they want to create a platform that is open for both artistic and scientific reflection and discourse. .

C-LAB, katEred, 2012

After the peek into C-LAB's art practice the Berlin-based biohacker Rüdiger Trojok will give a presentation of the do-it-yourself biohacking scene and the possibilities and limits of bringing biotechnologies into private spaces.

In a following discussion round these different perspectives and areas of knowledge will be combined and confronted, which will give the possibility for exchange, discussion and imagination with regard to the ethical and aesthetic examination of art on the intersection with science and research.

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Discussing a Phenomenon in the Arts, Humanities and (Neuro-)Science

5/ 6 July, 2013

Theater Glaskasten, Prinzenallee 33, Berlin-Wedding

As a theoretical addition to our ongoing exhibition series SYNAESTHESIA (October 2012 - July 2013/, Art Laboratory Berlin will hold an international interdisciplinary conference to further explore and theoretically question the field of multisensory perception.

The term "synaesthesia", from the Greek "aisthesis" ("Sensation", "sensory impression") and "syn" ("together") means the experience of two or more sensory impressions at the same time. Currently there is a strikingly strong interest in the coupling of the senses in science, humanities and in contemporary art. This should come as no surprise: Our daily life in recent years has been subject to ever more multimedia and multisensory experiences. Comparing the latest technologies in the field of communication we come upon the radical technological development during the last 25 years: music video (text, music, colour), computer (as "total" sensory object) and also newest multiple forms of mobile phones (not only used for calls, but as a photo camera, music player or text machine, etc.).

It is the aim of Art Laboratory Berlin to grasp the specific impulses of our current complex, synchronous and technologised society on the phenomenon of synaesthesia, with its distinctive form of sensory fluctuation. For the upcoming conference, we are interested in discussing issues from diverse scholarly fields - humanities, arts as well as natural and social sciences - regarding both historical positions and contemporary inquiries. We will reflect topics such as: synaesthesia and the neurological discourse (memory and cognition; sensory perception); synaesthesia - between perception and subjectivity; synaesthesia and language; synaesthetic modalities (grapheme synaesthesia; synaesthesia of smell, taste, touch, sound and vision); synaesthesia in art and cultural history (in visual art, literature and film); synaesthesia and the digital world (synaesthesia in the 21st century).

The Synaesthesia-Conference is open to the public and free of charge - donations are very welcome.

Conference Concept: Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz, Art Laboratory Berlin
Realisation of Conference: The Art Laboratory Berlin Team: Regine Rapp, Christian de Lutz, Olga
Shmakova, Chiara Cartuccia, Chiara Massari, Anastasia Shavlokhova, Ashley Chang

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As part of the exhibition
Synaesthesia / 3: History of the Senses
Carl Rowe & Simon Davenport
Sergio Maltagliati & Pietro Grossi

Performances: 22 March, 7PM; 23 March, 2PM & 7PM ; 24 March, 2PM & 7PM
Opening: 22 March, 2013, 8PM

Simon Davenport & Carl Rowe // Banquet for Ultra Bankruptcy
The British artist Simon Davenport and Carl Rowe currently work on a number of artistic projects that combine the performative with artistic research on a cultural history of the senses. Simon Davenport sees synaesthesia as a means to unsettle and disorient. In earlier performative works, for example, he combined heavy drum beats with the spraying of steam and the recitation of poetry. Carl Rowe's art projects, on the other hand, combine socio-political commentary and humour with culinary methodology. An important art historical reference point for him is Filippo Marinetti's Manifesto La Cucina Futurista (1930).The manifesto promoted the renewal of the Italian food system with the aim of the strengthening, revitalization and spiritualisation of modern society. It simultaneously included colours, shapes, textures, smells, sounds and noises.

Carl Rowe & Simon Davenport,
A Banquet of Ultra Bancruptcy, 2013

A Banquet for Ultra Bankruptcy, developed for Art Laboratory Berlin, is based on the Marinetti's manifesto, which forms the starting point for a series of performances followed by an exhibition. The overarching theme of synaesthesia provides a basis for the study of aesthetics, politics and participation, as well as for the reactions of the participants. A Banquet for Ultra Bankruptcy is made up of five performances for six guests. During a six-course menu selected foods are combined with images, sounds and scents. Each course is designed as an aesthetic experience, allowing the audience to participate in simultaneous sensations.

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The Synaesthesia series is supported in part by a generous gift from Michael Schröder.


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Artist talk with Madi Boyd 10 March, 2012 at 3PM
in connection with the exhibition
Synaesthesia / 2: Space and Perception

Madi Boyd
Carrie C Firman

Opening: 25.1.2013, 8 PM
Exhibition runs: 26.01. - 10.03.2013
Open: Fri-Sun, 2-6 PM and by appointment.

Inquiries into the nature of Space and Perception are the basis of Art Laboratory Berlin's second exhibition in the Synaesthesia series. Synaesthesia, the experience of two or more sensory impressionsat the same time, is both an artistic paradigm and neurological phenomenon. Two installations by Madi Boyd and Carrie C Firman explore the connection between perception and experience of mind and body from a synaesthetic point of view.

Madi Boyd, The Point of Perception, installation, 2009/13

Madi Boyd is a synaesthete from Great Britain, whose artistic work focuses on perception and the brain. In collaboration with neuro-scientists, Dr. Mark Lythgoe and Dr. Beau Lotto, from University College London her work incorporates and combines installation, film and sculpture. Her recent project The Point of Perception explores how much information the human brain needs in order to know what it is looking at. It is an art experience and scientific arena about vision. The installation uses moving image and built environments to confuse depth perception and is designed to act specifically on the human eye and brain to create a space of uncertainty. A newly developed version of the project will be presented at Art Laboratory Berlin with the addition of sound and colour. The idea is to assign musical notes and colours to specific points in the gridded space, in order to explore perception of geometric space and sound.

Madi Boyd about her artistic work:"My work combines constructed environments and projected films to create immersive installations investigating the interaction between moving image, space, and the brain. I see the screen as sculpture and light as paint on the canvas of dark space."



Art Laboratory Berlin Awarded Prize for Project Spaces

We are pleased to announce that Art Laboratory Berlin is one of the winners of the first Prize for Art Project Spaces and Initiatives in the Field of Visual Arts awarded by the Berlin Senate Office of Cultural Affairs.

The award honours the commitment and work of those operating project spaces and initiatives. "The award serves" according to the Senate Office of Cultural Affairs, "to support them, to secure the existing diversity and to make the activities of art project spaces and initiatives in Berlin more visible."

The prize ceremony takes place on 27 February, 2013 under the auspices of State Secretary André Schmitz

A complete statement from Art Laboratory Berlin on the award can be found at:

art-in-berlin Berliner Projekträume und –initiativen

Kunst Magazin - Berliner Kulturverwaltung zeichnet Projekträume aus von Julia Schmitz

Berliner Morgenpost - Eine Klassenfahrt mit Baby und Urkunden Von Gabriela Walde

Zitty - Das erste Mal: Der Berliner Preis für Projekträume wird vergeben

Taz - Attraktiv und den Preis wert Von Marcus Woeller

Neues deutschland - Echte Berliner Spezialität. Selbstorganisierte Kunstinitiativen kämpfen ums Überleben
Von Tom Mustroph

Tagesspiegel - Küsschen, Kaffee, Kohle von Claudia Wahjudi




Art Laboratory Berlin at MutaMorphosis

Art Laboratory Berlin will present the series Time & Technology at the international conference MutaMorphosis in Prague from December 6-8, 2012.

Time and Technology | Panel led by Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz

Gretta Louw | Controlling_Connectivity
Daniel Belasco Rogers & Sophia New | Narrating Our Lines
Ellen Sebring, MIT| Atmosphere: Disorientation in Visual Narrative as a Time Traveler’s Tool
Dr. Yasuhiro Sakamoto | Sound Sculptures as Embodiment of Cross-modal Gesamtgestalt

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28 October, 2012, 4PM - Artist talk and workshop with Barbara Ryan
Part of the exhibition Synaesthesia / 1: The Orange Smell of November

The artist Barbara Ryan’s perceptions of the world are underpinned by her polymodal synaesthesia which in turn forms the foundation of her artistic work. She experiences her synaesthesia »as something that is in her parallel conscious – as opposed to something that is in the subconscious – creating a duality of vision«. Her installation That can’t be September – it smells like the August of 1985! combines in a unique way the artist’s intimate personal interconnecting relationship between scent, colour, time and space, played out within the city of Berlin, where she lived in the 1990s.

The installation is a coded re-creation of her sense of space and time as imbued with colour and odour. Using text, photography and self-manufactured fragrances she re-maps the city according to the systematic guidelines of her own synaesthesia. The viewer is then invited to explore and decode the artist's unique phenomenological structures.
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Synaesthesia is supported in part by a generous gift from Michael Schröder.

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29 June 2012
kate hers Transmigration in Artistic Practice.
Screening and Presentation.

Screening from 7PM; Presentation 8.30PM.

kate hers, video still from Missing, 2006

Transmigration in Artistic Practice is a screening and artist presentation of two projects by the Korean-American artist kate hers, whose works in performance, video and other media deal with issues of language and identity.

Missing is a performative autobiographical documentary video. In her late 20s, the artist, adopted as an infant and raised in the United States, returned to South Korea in an attempt to find her birth parents. The video documents performances, interventions and text from her adoption documents as well as her appearance on a South Korean television program while on the quest for her birth parents. It investigates the phenomena of Korean adoptees returning to the land of their birth and addresses the issues of belonging and transnational identity.

The work Das deutschsprachliche Projekt consists of two parts and deals with learning a new language and living in a foreign country. In the first part, made in 2008, the artist realized a rather extreme durational performance where she stopped speaking her native language for three months and spoke only in German, a language she was not yet fluent in at the time. The second part of the project is an ongoing one year interactive performance which she publishes on her blog ( It is made up of short videos in which she introduces online spectators to a new word (swear words, slang, idioms) in German on a daily basis. The project, which can also be described an educational series of video podcasts, tries to explore the notion of cultural identity through language.

kate hers has an Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of California, Irvine and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA). She currently lives in Berlin.

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10 May, 8PM
Palindrones: Musical Transpositions for the Reversing Machine

performance by Sam Belinfante & Simon Lewandowski

Works by Cage and others adapted for the output of the Reversing Machine plus new sound works by Sam Belinfante & Simon Lewandowski. In conjunction with the exhibition Fantastic Time Machines and our current series Time & Technology Belinfante & Lewandowski will perform a series of sound works and actions using the Reversing Machine mechanism and attached devices. (Information on the exhibition Fantastic Time Machines)

12 May, 4PM
Experiments with the Reversing Machine
workshop with the artists Sam Belinfante & Simon Lewandowski

"Subjective Time: Dreams, Drones, Flickers and Alpha Rhythms"

Talks, presentations and experiments with the Reversing Machine. The artists will offer the public a more intimate experience with their installation, including as series of additional actions and interactions, explanation as an queries into the nature of time and perception. (Information on the exhibition Fantastic Time Machines)
Registration per email.

In conjuction with the Month of Performance Art - Berlin:



6 May, 1 PM
Is the Desert Still the Desert in a Digital World?
online performance with Gretta Louw

Gretta Louw, whose performance and exhibition Controlling Connectivity started off the current Time & Technology series will set up a live video link up between Art Laboratory Berlin and the Warnayaka Arts centre in Lajamanu, Australia, located in the remote central Australian desert.

Since March Louw has been taking part in a residency in Lajamanu teaching photography, video and new media to indigenous arts workers, as well as introducing them to online communication platforms. The culmination of this first program of new media training will be a real time link-up between Lajamanu and Berlin.

A live audience in Berlin will view a simultaneous performance streamed out of Lajamanu, captured by a number of webcams and presented as two large-format projections. The event will incorporate an eclectic and innovative mix of traditional dance and storytelling, as well as live VJing of documentation organised by Louw. The event will also provide and encourage the possibility of interaction and exchange between participants in both Berlin and Lajamanu. (more information)

In conjuction with the Month of Performance Art - Berlin:

and the Warnayaka Art Center




30 March, 2012 8PM: Artist Talk with Shlomit Lehavi
and Art Laboratory Berlin's 5th Birthday!

Time & Technology

Fantastic Time Machines
Shlomit Lehavi
Sam Belinfante & Simon Lewandowski

We are pleased to invite you to an artist talk with Shlomit Lehavi on Friday , March 30, 2012 at 8 pm at Art Laboratory Berlin (Prinzenallee 34, Berlin-Wedding).

The Israeli born and New York based artist Shlomit Lehavi will present her video installation Time Sifter as a part of the exhibition Fantastic Time Machines. Shlomit Lehavi works primarily with new media and multi-channel video. Time Sifter explores collective memory, collective forgetting and time based media as a contemporary time machine. By means of touching the changing projections in her work the visitor is allowed a fascinating form of participation and interaction.

The same evening we are celebrating the 5th anniversary of Art Laboratory Berlin.---
We will be happy if you can join us!

With the generous support of:

Media Partner





Friday Feb. 24, 2012: Tour through the exhibition with the artists (7.30 PM)

plan b (Sophia New & Daniel Belasco Rogers)
Navigating the Everyday

Opening: 27 January 2012, 8PM
Exhibition runs from 28 January - 11 March, 2012
Opening Hours: Fr - Su, 2-6PM
Open also on 24 February from 2-10 PM


Current Art Practices on Time and Technology

14 January, 2012
3.30PM: Tour of the exhibition Controlling_Connectivity with Gretta Louw and Regine Rapp (curator)
4PM: Artists' talk Current Artistic Practices on Time and Technology with Gretta Louw, plan b (Sophia New & Daniel Belasco Rogers) and Igor Štromajer; moderation: Christian de Lutz (curator).

Screen shot: Controlling_Connectivity Remote Digital Performance: Berlin - New York, Gretta Louw in collaboration with Douglas Paulson, 2011

In connection with the exhibition Controlling_Connectivity by Gretta Louw and the series Time and Technology Art Laboratory Berlin is presenting an artists' talk on the theme current art practices on time and technology featuring Gretta Louw and plan b (Sophia New & Daniel Belasco Rogers) as well as the internet artist Igor Štromajer ( The talk will be introduced and moderated by Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz.

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Gretta Louw: Controlling_Connectivity
Performance and exhibition

Online performance: 2-12 November, 2011

Opening: 25 November, 2011, 8PM
Exhibition: 26 November, 2011 - 15 January, 2012
(winter break: 19 December, 2011 - 5 January, 2012)
Fri - Sun 2-6PM and by appointment

14 January, 2012 3.30PM: Tour of the exhibition and Artists' talk with Gretta Louw
+ plan b (Sophia New & Daniel Belasco Rogers) and Igor Štromajer; moderation: Christian de Lutz (curator).

In many ways participation in the elaborate communication networks that now underlie social interaction is no longer a matter of choice, since failure to participate is, in many demographics, akin to social withdrawal. Our decision to connect with and perform within online networks also plays an increasingly large role in determining professional success. The question, however, is what are the other effects of our growing reliance on online communication and community on our lives, culture, and society?

With the opportunity for connectivity and limitless access to information, comes the obligation to be increasingly available to receive and transmit; to be perpetually connected. The consequent erosion of true leisure time, the blurring of the traditional professional / personal, public / private dichotomies, and an information overload are creating hitherto unknown levels of psychological pressure.

Controlling_Connectivity uses the pervasiveness of internet-based social networking, as well asthe obligation and opportunity for constant connection with these platforms as a paradigm for a severe and systematic disruption of normal, socially accepted patterns of life and interpersonal interaction during a self-documented performance. Taking to its natural extreme the notion that new technologies are increasingly dictating our social interaction, professional life, and have a far reaching effect on many other aspects of daily life, Gretta Louw will complete a durational performance, living in the gallery space in complete isolation except for contact through various social networking sites and the internet.

For 10 days the artist will be available 24 hr/day for discussions, emails, comments, or interviews of both private and professional nature for any internet user wishing to take part in the project. All necessary supplies will be stored within the gallery and the windows will be blacked out to ensure that the environment is not normalised by natural light or social rhythms outside, but defined purely by the internet connection to external participants. A number of planned online events (the artist's 30th birthday, live talks with partners in New York, interviews with press) will be scheduled at intervals throughout the performance, with these social and professional pressures becoming progressively more difficult to fulfill as sleep deprivation and isolation take effect.

During the performance the artist will create and install the subsequent exhibition at Art Laboratory Berlin, with the aim of examining how extreme internet use and our reliance on online connectivity could affect psychological functioning; our ability to censor ourselves and continue to behave in a socially acceptable and comprehensible way under the constant pressure of inexorably increasing connectivity.
(more information)

Link to the exhibition

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Book Release Party - VISIONS NYC by Bärbel Möllmann: 30 September, 2011

In context of the ongoing show VISIONS NYC – afterthoughts, Art Laboratory Berlin is pleased to invite you to the

Artist Book Presentation & Book Release Party
on Friday, 30 September 2011, 8pm

In the project VISIONS NYC the Berlin-based artist and photographer Bärbel Möllmann has gathered a series of amazing portraits and interviews with New Yorkers from Summer 2001, recording their individual plans, goals and dreams, and from Summer 2002 recording their reactions to the events of the previous year.


Bärbel Möllmann: VISIONS NYC.
Portraits and Interviews from New York
. Berlin 2011
272 pages, 136 color photographs
30 x 25 cm (closed), 30 x 50 cm (open)
Hardcover, 4-color images
Essay: Regine Rapp (German and English)
48 interviews (each 4 – 15 min.), 4 CDs
Collectors edition, signed by the artist, Edition: 25 exemplars
150,00 Euro

With a purchase of the book on 30 September, 2011 the buyer will also receive and original print from the photo book (30 x 50 cm)

More information about the exhibition VISIONS NYC - afterthoughts here

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01 May 2011, 3PM

In connection to the exhibition:
Artists in Dialog: Al Fadhil & Aissa Deebi
My Dreams Have Destroyed My Life. Some Thoughts on Pain

(29 April -26 June, 2011)

A Round Table Discussion Al Tahrir: The Day After, 1 May, 2011, 3PM

Since January of this year a wave of protests, originating first in Tunisia, and then in Egypt, have spread across the Arab world. Demonstrators have demanded democracy and the freedom of expression. How will the ongoing changes affect the lives artists and cultural production? What has been the role of politics in the arts in the Middle East and how might this change? Supposedly new technological media such as social networking platforms have played an important role in this year's 'Arab Spring'. Is this really true, and if so what potential does technology have to foster change as well as aid in inter-cultural communication?

On May 1, 2011 at 3PM, in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition My Dreams Have Destroyed My Life. Some Thoughts on Pain there will be a round table discussion on the cultural and political changes taking place in the Middle East in the wake of the current wave of protests. The artists Aissa Deebi, who teaches at the American University in Cairo, and Al Fadhil will be joined by Munira Khayyat (Anthropologist), Heiko Wimmen (Political Scientist) and Christian de Lutz (who will be the moderator)

Aissa Deebi is a Palestinian-American artist,who has produced a body of work in photography, video, new media and the graphic arts. He is currently assistant professor in visual art, new media at the Department of Performing and Visual Arts at The American University in Cairo. An award winning artist, Deebi’s work has been internationally exhibited in Germany, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Spain, Chile, Palestine and the United States.

Al Fadhil is an artist working in multimedia and performance. He has staged exhibitions at various venues including the Sharjah Biennale, Venice Biennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and the Kuandu Museum, Taipei Since 2003 he has been the initiator of the project 'Iraq Pavilion'. He currently lives in Lugano Switzerland and Berlin.

Munira Khayyat is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Columbia University, New York. She is currently completing her dissertation entitled A Landscape of War: On the Nature of Conflict in South Lebanon. An ethnographic inquiry into life in a rural war zone, her dissertation attends closely to the landscape, its features, practices and rhythms, to gain an understanding of the ordinary - 'naturalized' - experience of inhabiting war. From 1998 to 2000 she worked as a journalist.

Heiko Wimmen is a PhD fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin. Between 2004 and 2009 he worked as a Program Manager and Deputy Director at the Middle East Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Beirut. From 2002 to 2004, he was a professional fellow of the Social Science Research Council, conducting research on coexistence and conflict in divided cities, and between 1997 and 2002, he worked as a radio journalist and producer in Beirut. He specializes in political mobilization and social movements in divided societies.

Christian de Lutz (moderator) is Co-Director and Curator at Art Laboratory Berlin. He studied Art History and Fine Arts at New York University, and is also an artist working in video installation and new media on themes of migration, new technology and inter-culturality.

More information and video of the event


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19/20 February 2011 Sol Lewitt Symposium

Venue: Glaskasten, Prinzenallee 33 (next door to Art Laboratory Berlin)

1970, Schematic Drawings for Muybridge II, 1964, New York: Multiples Inc.

An occasion in which all the artist books of Sol LeWitt are gathered into one exhibition invites further study. As we have done in previous exhibitions Art Laboratory Berlin would like to bring together artistic practice and scholarly debate, in this case in the form of a symposium. The complex nature of Sol LeWitt's artists' books specifically calls for examination by a variety of disciplines.

Beginning with a survey of the concept and the conceptual in LeWitt's work, continuing with a reflection on the medium of the book and the problem of authorship, the initial contributions will sketch LeWitt's art from art historical and literary perspectives. Additionally, contributions from the philosophy of art, musicology and mathematics will reflect on space and time, the question of a possible terminology and the phenomenon of serial geometric forms. Similarly, LeWitt's aesthetic production and his relationship to graphic design will be discussed. Finally, contributions from an artistic perspective as well as those of friends and collectors will illuminate practical and theoretical aspects of LeWitt's artistic work.

More information on the symposium


Stardust Boogie Woogie
Tania Antoshina, Mo Foster, Marcela Iriarte, Christian de Lutz, Jane Mulfinger, Bob & Roberta Smith, Jessica Voorsanger
Curated by Francesca Piovano

Exhibition runs 30 October - 28 November 2010, Fri- Sun 2-6PM and by appointment

Finissage with a reading by Mo Foster: 26 November 2010 8PM

Special event: 30 November 2010, 7PM, A reading by Mo Foster at the East of Eden International Bookstore, Schreinerstr. 10, 10247 Berlin-Friedrichshain -



4 September 2010, 14-18h: workshop

Artists in Dialog: Alex Toland und Myriel Milicevic - Wunschgarten: Wild Urban Offshoots

Alex Toland and Myriel Milicevic both work on the border between art and life and environmental sciences. Toland considers the project 'habitat hacking' and Milicevic describes the project as 'reconstructing cross-species life worlds'. Together they have chosen the immediate area around Art Laboratory Berlin (the Soldiner Kiez) as a place to investigate interactions between the local human population and urban flora and fauna. The exhibition space will function as a laboratory for mapping, sketching, modelling and prototyping. Wunschgarten is a series of dialogues: between the artists and the local community, between city dwellers and nature, between urban planning and urban wilderness.

As cities creep further into wild landscapes, the wild moves into cities. Urban habitats are places where plants and animals take up residence alongside people. Too often though, space for nature is sealed off by concrete constructions, resulting in a marked divide between the space occupied by humans and the rest of the biotic community. The Wunschgarten is an exploration of the city's wild features and creatures, and a vision of utopian measures that reach beyond existing mitigation schemes and municipal green-space planning. The city becomes a garden of unexpected edible opportunities and ideas to incubate and explode.

The artists encourage local inhabitants (and other visitors) to take part in the project. From the gallery space the participants can depart on a series of walks, contribute their own ideas and sketches, and in turn use the Wunschgarten as a springboard for further investigations or offshoots such as urban gardening projects, recordings of urban fauna, or evolutionary architecture and experiments in wild urban societies.

To explore these possibilities in a more concentrated setting, there will be a workshop on September 4 led by the artists to discuss and investigate, create and formulate, construct and co-inhabit the Wunschgarten and its wild urban offshoots.

01 July 2010 7PM

Evolution Haute Couture
Talk and film screening by Dmitry Bulatov

Garnet Hertz (USA) "Cockroach-Controlled Mobile Robot", 2006

Art Laboratory Berlin is pleased to present a collection of documentary films about artworks recently created using the latest twenty-first century technologies: artificial life, robotics, bio and genetic engineering. The screening has been organized by the curator and artist Dmitry Bulatov in conjunction with the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad branch, Russia).

The films document artworks whose medium is living or lifelike matter, and the properties of living organisms and technologically reproduced artefacts are combined to produce the method. Art created under these new conditions of post-biology - that is, under conditions of artificially generated life - cannot avoid making this artificiality its explicit theme. We are thus again confronted with the question of the relationship between art and life in a completely new context defined by biological and abiological creations, works, and beings.

This collection is the first comprehensive overview of the current stage of contemporary techno-biological art. It provides a panorama of artistic strategies for granting and withdrawing the gift of authenticity. The analysis of these strategies opens up new possibilities for creative production and cultural commentary. In 2009 the Evolution Haute Couture project won the National Innovation Prize (Moscow, Russia), awarded annually for achievements in contemporary visual arts.

The film screening also coincides with the first volume of the anthology Evolution Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age. Edited by Dmitry Bulatov. Book plus two DVD-ROMs collection (45 video documentaries), KB NCCA, Kaliningrad, 2009. (ISBN: 978-5-94620-054-7). This publication is supported by The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, The Ford Foundation (The Moscow Office, Russia), The Dynasty Foundation (Moscow). Web site:

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Sat 13 and Sun 14 March, 2010, 2-6PM

Presentation of the poster and storybook for "Princess I will follow you..."
by Birgit Szepanski
-part of the Printemps des Poètes Berlin 2010
Artist book presentation:
"Prinzenallee - ein Stück ohne Dialoge"
A Book Project by Birgit Szepanski and Regine Rapp

Princess - I will follow you...
is a poster intervention along Prinzenallee in Berlin- Wedding. With photographic motifs and text fragments (in English, German and Turkish) a visual path is laid along the street. This public text and image story plays with motifs, word and sound play, visual features and the name of the street:
Princess I will follow you....

In 2008 Birgit Szepanski created a complex site specific installation at Art Laboratory Berlin, which referred to the street Prinzenallee in Berlin-Wedding as part of the exhibition series Art and Text. Over a number of weeks the artist recorded traces of the street in her films, photographs and texts. In decidedly minimal formal language she was able to unfurl the street into the exhibition space by means of language, image and sound. In this newly released publication this is further expressed in the form of an artist book



Prinzenallee - A Play without Dialog.
A Book Project by Birgit Szepanski and Regine Rapp

26 February 2010, 8PM, Book Release Party
28 February 2010, 3-6PM, Book Presentatio

Art Laboratory Berlin is pleased to invite you to a presentation of the recently published artist book "Prinzenallee - Ein Stück ohne Dialoge" ("Prinzenallee - A Play without Dialog").

In 2008 Birgit Szepanski created a complex site specific installation at Art Laboratory Berlin, which referred to the street Prinzenallee in Berlin-Wedding as part of the exhibition series Art and Text. Over a number of weeks the artist recorded traces of the street in her films, photographs and texts. In decidedly minimal formal language she was able to unfurl the street into the exhibition space by means of language, image and sound. In this newly released publication this is further expressed in the form of an artist book.
(more information)

Prinzenallee - Ein Stück ohne Dialoge, Photograph, 2008

Prinzenallee - Ein Stück ohne Dialoge, Exhibition View, 2008


3 February 2010 at 7PM
Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša
NAME Readymade

Performative Presentation

The event will present the act of “Name changing” perpetrated by three Slovenian artists who in 2007 officially, with all the required papers and stamps, changed their names to the then prime minister of Slovenia , Janez Janša (2004-08). All Janez Jansas’ works, their private and public affairs, in a word their whole life, has been conducted under this name ever since.

Janez Janša will take you through a series of artistic, political, administrative and mediatic actions performed by himself together with Janez Janša and Janez Janša, with a particular focus on their latest personal exhibition entitled NAME Readymade. Works exhibited in this show (valid ID cards, passports, credit and bank cards, driving licences, birth and marriage certificates, and so on) were generated by reality itself. (more information)

Press: article in art-in-berlin


28 November 2009, 3PM
Workshop: "Copyright and related topics for artists. Musicians, Filmmakers and other Creative Producers" with the lawyer Andreas Lichtenhahn (in German).

Free, registration necessary:

Triple Candie, David Hammons, The Unauthorized Retrospective, (detail),2006



02 November 2009, 7.30 PM
Film Screening: Strange Culture,

(D: Lynn Hershman Leeson, 2007), followed by a Round Table. The case of Steve Kurtz will be discussed from legal, cultural-political and curatorial perspectives: Eberhard Schultz (lawyer), Mark C. Donfried (Institute for Cultural Diplomacy) and Christian de Lutz (Art Laboratory Berlin); Moderated by Regine Rapp (Art Laboratory Berlin).
Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Platz 2, 10785 Berlin
Tickets: 6,50 Euro/ 5,00 Euro reduced (Students)

in cooperation with:


04 October 2009 at 4PM
Artist talk with Steve Kurtz as part of the exhibition
Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) & Institute for Applied Autonomy (IAA)

In connection with the exhibition SEIZED prof. Steve Kurtz gave a presentation on the theme of 'diciplinarity and its effects on art' at Art Laboratory Berlin, followed by a Q&A session.
(additional information and podcast)


30 August 2009 at 4PM (meeting point: Art Laboratory Berlin)
Artists in Dialog: Alex Toland - Personal Dispersal Mechanisms,
an Interactive Urban Exploration

Natural distribution mechanisms of plant species are often severely obstructed in the city. Tree sponsorship is a popular and effective way of re-greening city parks and streets. Individual sponsors become personally linked to individual trees while beautifying the neighborhood and creating new habitats for birds, mammals and insects.

Artist Alex Toland takes this idea a step further by creating species partnerships for a day and encouraging personal interspecies relationships as a potential distribution mechanism. As part of the series Artists in Dialog at ART LABORATORY BERLIN the artist will realize a collaborative walk and installation project by leading a group of Berlin residents through part of the green corridor along the Panke and make personal introductions between individual people and plants. (more information)

22 July 2009
At artillerie (Exerzierstr. 10, 13359 Berlin) in cooperation with Art Laboratory Berlin

Strike Anywhere
Screening of a new video by Benj Gerdes and Jennifer Hayashida
(2009, 32 minutes, English without subtitles)

Wednesday, 22 July 2009 at 9 pm
Introduction by Christian de Lutz, Art Laboratory Berlin
Followed by a discussion with the artists

artillerie and Art Laboratory Berlin are pleased to present Strike Anywhere for the first time
to a Berlin audience, following screenings at the Luleå Art Biennial in Sweden and the
Kran>>Film Space in Brussels. The latest collaborative work by the experimental
filmmaker Benj Gerdes and the poet Jennifer Hayashida, Strike Anywhere is a video
essay that takes as its point of departure Swedish “Match King” Ivar Kreuger, whose
privatization of financial crisis management strategies bears a direct relation to late-
twentieth century policies implemented by the IMF and WTO.

Between 1917 and 1932, Kreuger capitalised on shifts in global financial markets to
control over 200 companies and establish matchstick monopolies in at least 34 countries.
At the height of his success, Ivar Kreuger was worth approximately 30 million Swedish
kronor (the equivalent of 100 billion USD today) and had matchstick monopolies in at least
34 countries. The project is both a prehistory of neoliberal economics and an allegory
about social relations and desire in the wake of global capitalist expansion and excess. (more)

29. May 2009, 8.30pm

German Premiere:
On Media Reality
a film by Vladimir Turner about Ztohoven
as part of the exhibition Art and Law II - Ztohoven. Media Reality
(more information)

24. April 2009, 21h
Artists in Dialog. Presentation by Paola Yacoub

Paola Yacoub will present a running thread through various works, mainly photographs and montages, produced in different geographical areas ranging from Southern Lebanon to Berlin via Sweden and China.

The common point is skepticism as it was introduced in visual arts in the U.S.A. at the beginning of the 20th century.

This presentation from Paola Yacoub is the first of Art Laboratory Berlin's new series of artists talks, presentations, performances and events Artists in Dialog


October 24, 2008
Curators from East and Central Europe II: Elena Sorokina
Subjective Events, Sometimes Recorded
Curatorial workshop with Elena Sorokina, October 24, 2008, 6pm


12 July 2008
Summer Celebration at Art Laboratory Berlin

8pm video compilation from Jakup Nepraš
from 10 pm DJ Nata

We would like to celebrate one and half years of successful exhibitions with you. You are cordially invited to our Summer Celebration. The latest video works from Jakup Nepraš, who took part the recent exhibition Cosmopolitics, will be shown. Later in the evening you can dance to music by DJ Nata. There will be a buffet and drinks.


Art and Science II
Marcus Ahlers - Transposed Nodes

Opening: 30 May 2008, 8PM
30.05.2008 - 29.06.2008
Artist's talk: 14.06.2008, 17h

Children's workshop - SOLAR-Oven Creativity and SolarEnergy (In German):
9AM - 3PM, Register until 13.06.2008.
more information here (in German)

Tour of the exhibition:
29.06.2008, 3PM (more)



28 March, 2008

Art and Science I
Dmitrij Bulatov - Senses Alert

Opening: 28 March, 2008, 8PM
29.03.2008 - 05.04.2008
Artist's talk and workshop: 29.03.2008, 5PM
Tour of the exhibition: 27.04.2008, 3PM (more)



Curators from East and Central Europe I
Denisa Kera and Pavel Sedlak
Cosmopolitics: New Media Art from the Czech Republic

Workshop with Denisa Kera (curator): Curating New Media: 27.01.2008 5 PM
Artists Talk: 1.02.2008 8PM
Tour of the exhibition: 2.03.2008 3PM



Art and Text

Corinna Koch Songs
November 9 and 10, 11am -8 pm at Art Laboratory Berlin,
Final Performance November 11 , 8PM at Brunnenstrasse 39, Studio, 2nd courtyard (2.HH)

songs is a performance that deals with the occasion of a jam session on multiple and expanding levels.

It starts off with a number of people, who will be invited to come to the gallery in order to tell the story of a song. The recordings of those stories will be transcribed the same day. (more...)



Art and Music
in cooperation with kunstraum_sumpfhahn_raumkunst

Krieg der Sprachen. Both events start at 7.45 pm.         more information

19 June: Robin Hayward (violin/ bindelwald) and Olaf Bugiel (vocals/ electric guitar)

20 June: Oliver Schneller (percussion) and Workz (electronic, DJ)


23 February 2007'

Film screening:
Der Blick des Patriarchen

A documentary film
by Nicola Hochkeppel
2004, 62 min                          (more information)

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