Nonhuman Agents in Art, Culture and Theory
Art Laboratory Berlin
58, 13359 Berlin-Wedding (across
the street from the Art Laboratory Berlin exhibition space)
Registration required: firstname.lastname@example.org
3-day ticket: 40/ 25 EUR; 1-day ticket: 20/ 12 EUR
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 - will bring 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) will also be included.
The conference will start with a reflection on post-anthropocentrism by
redefining intelligence (human, animal and plant intelligence), agency
and sentience. An in-depth consideration will include the role of fungi:
mycelium, the Internet of trees and yeasts. Microbial agency will be explored
via the phenomenon of quorum sensing and biofilms, proposing a micro-subjectivity.
There will be contributions on the microbiome and holobiome, taking into
consideration the human as nonhuman. We want 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 will discuss nonhuman
perspectives under threat and proposes an ethology for the techno-scientific
Nonhuman Agents in Arts & Culture
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
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
Results from the first three workshops 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
Barnett + plan b (Sophia New & Daniel Belasco Rogers) | Swarm | Cell
& 24 September, 2017
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 Physarum polycephalum
and GPS tracking.
with Mirjan vagelj & Anil Podgornik
Opening: 29 September, 2017 8PM | Exhibition runs: 30 September
- 26 November, 2017
Nonhuman Agents in Art, Culture and Theory
24-26 November, 2017
Finally, an interdisciplinary conference will bring together international
artists, scholars, and natural scientists from different disciplines to
discuss artistic, philosophical, ethical and scientific approaches to
nonhuman agents. The previous positions from the Nonhuman Subjectivities
series will also be taken into account.
partners: European Media Studies, University Potsdam
the generous support of:
Hermanutz | ill-at-ease seep
28 October 2017, 7PM
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
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
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.
Culture Club reading group #10: 24
October, 2017, 5PM
Barnett + plan b (Sophia New & Daniel Belasco Rogers) | Swarm | Cell
& 24 September, 2017 | 1-5PM
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.
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.
of Nonhuman Agents
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)
the generous support of:
Network of Independent Project Spaces and Initiatives
Schubert | The forestal psyche
25 August, 2017, 7-9PM (Lecture)
Saturday 26 August, 2017, 10AM-6PM (Workshop in Brandenburg)
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?
the generous support of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe
& Performative Workshop
Pevere | Anatomy of an inter-connected system
Growing cellulose (bacterial culture in liquid medium),
Margherita Pevere, 2016. Photo: Margherita Pevere
Starting point of this seminar is the artists 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 todays 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.
the generous support of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe
Lecture & Workshop
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.
the generous support of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe
Talk with Guy Ben-Ary
May 5, 2017, 8PM
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.
a neural synthesizer,
will perform with Schneider TM
(12 May) and Stine Janvin (13 May) as part
#3 at HKW
12-13 May, 2017
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 worlds 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
of HKW and CTM Festival in cooperation with Art Laboratory Berlin
Special thanks to the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
& Beer - Aquaponics system under artificial light
April 20, 2017, 7:00 PM
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.
Art Laboratory Berlin programme as part of the framework of the transmediale/CTM
Mycelium Network Society
Art Laboratory Berlin will be taking part in the discussions at the opening
event of the Mycelium Network Society (part transmediale
Location: silent green Kulturquartier
17 Feb. 7-10PM
18 Feb. 12-8PM
19 Feb. 12-6PM
DIYBio faire Organized by Biotinkering
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
Café with BIOMOD and iGEM Team Berlin
29 January, 2017 3-6PM
The iGEM Berlin team (http://igem.berlin/)
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
& 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.
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.
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.
Biotinkering e.V. events
Systems | Aquatic Systems
with Robertina ebjanič, Kat Austen, Regine Rapp and Christian
in the framework of the exhibition Aural
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
ebjanic, Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator, 2014, photo
by Miha Fras
Art and Object-Oriented Perception. Reflecting Living Systems in Contemporary
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.
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.
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
information and video documentation of the seminar.
& Beers | with Biotinkering Berlin e.V.
project of Dr. Mirela Alister, Rüdiger Trojok, Alessandro Volpato
and Biotinkering e.V.
& Beers Aug 25, 2016 · 7:00 PM
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
2016 program of Biotinkering Berlin e.V.at Art Laboratory Berlin
Brandon Ballengée | Katya Gardea Browne | Pinar Yoldas
by Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz
At the Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung,
Auguststr. 75, 10117 Berlin
Exhibition runs 2 July-4 September, 2016
1 July, 2016 at 7PM.
Artists talk 3 July, 2016 at 2PM
tour: 24 July, 2016 at 2 PM
reception and curators' tour: 4 September, 2016 at 2PM
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.
Ulrich, philosopher and cultural theorist
Rollentausch. Planet of the Apes (1968)
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: kunsttexte.de
Neuwald, Spokesperson for the Protection of Wolves, Nature And Biodiversity
Conservation Union, NABU
Über die gegenwärtige Situation von Wölfen in Deutschland
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.
Animals. Cognition, Senses, Play
Mayeri Maja Smrekar
Opening: 27 May, 2016,
Artists talk: 29 May, 2016, 3PM
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,
Sunday 22 May, 2016
There be Dragons: Talk and Q&A with Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger
At SPEKTRUM | art science
Bürknerstraße 12 12047 Berlin
/ 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)
"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.
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
medias 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."
organised in cooperation with Art Laboratory Berlin
The Other Selves. On the Phenomenon of the Microbiome
Spačal with Mirjan vagelj and Anil Podgornik
Tarsh Bates Joana Ricou
of the exhibition: 26 February,
Artists' Talk: 28 February, 2016, 3PM
Science Hack Day Stammtisch: 23 March, 7PM (More
Scientist and artist talk with PD Dr. Annette Moter and Tarsh Bates: 23
April, 2016, 6PM
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:
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)
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)
Lapointe, 1000 Handshakes, Performance, 2014
Handshakes by François-Joseph Lapointe
Performance during the opening night of transmediale/conversation
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
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.
of the talk
cooperation with transmediale art&digitalculture
With the generous support of:
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.
3-6PM - SciArt Café with Berlin iGEM team
The iGEM Berlin team (http://igem.berlin/)
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
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.
short presentations engage with different perspectives ranging from synthetic
biology, speculative science and art.
30 January 2016, 7PM - Reading and presentation by Rüdiger
Trojok from his forthcoming book
Biohacking - Gentechnologie für alle, Franzis Publishing House
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
24 January, 2016 - Nenad Popov Art Science Swap - Two
Heads Are Better than One
Workshop: starts at 2PM, followed by public presentation of results
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 youre doing, so
you tend to distrust the artist who says, Its great,
or Its 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.
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
Transhuman Life Forms
Finnisage: 29 November from 3PM
Exhibition runs: 26 September 29 November, 2015, Fri- Sun 2-6PM
and by appointment
Open 27 November 2-9PM
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
13 November, 2015, 7pm
Seminar in English with limited seating.
Registration required: email@example.com
Fabulous Olfactometer, Digital Photo, 2014
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
The exhibition will be open from 2-9PM.
7PM | Panel discussion
9PM | Get-together, drinks
information about the exhibition
Sun, 4 October, 2015, 2-4 PM (812 Jahre)
Please register at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!)
Schubert // Growing Geometries - Evolving Forms
runs: 29 August 20 September, 2015
Opening: 28 August, 2015 8PM
Artist Talk and Finissage: 20 September, 2015 3PM
information about the exhibition
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 email@example.com)
Viewing open 27-28 June, 2015 from 2-6 PM
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.
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 Berlins 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 Berlins food systems, intercultural
gardens, migrant networks and hausprojekts. In the process
they ask what kinds of promising more-than-human futures might
todays city bees lead us towards.
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 ExchangeA Discursive Sonntagsbrunch',
discussing exchange and relations in the multispecies city, from 12-2PM.
Partners: ZKU - Centre for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin Food Art Week
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
Nechvatal: Artist Talk & Noise Music Concert:
25 April, 2015 2PM
artist talk with noise music concert of his piece 3 pOstmOrtems
connection with the exhibition
bOdy pandemOnium. Immersion into Noise.
Exhibition runs: 25 April 21 June 2015
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.
January, 2015, 8PM: Opening of the [macro]biologies
& [micro]biologies Library
Parallel to the exhibition [micro]biologies
/ 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.
Café with the Berlin iGEM team
Sunday 11 January, 2015 3-6PM
The iGEM Berlin team (http://igem.berlin/)
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.
the 2015 Vorspiel programme of the transmediale and CTM
I: the bacterial sublime
Anna Dumitriu - Communicating Bacteria
with Anna Dumitriu: 30 November,
(registration only -workshop(at)artlaboratory-berlin.org)
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
Artist talk: 28 September 2014, 3PM
27 September 30 November, 2014
hours: Fri-Sun, 2-6PM and by appointment.
biology workshop with the artist collective C-LAB
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 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.
Funded by the European Union and the Federal State of
Berlin within the framework of the "Zukunftsinitiative Stadtteil"
part of the program "Soziale Stadt."
thanks to the Institute for Chemistry (TU Berlin) and Biotinkering Berlin
20 July, 3PM
talk with Maja Smrekar,
followed by finissage
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
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.
Credit: Creative Commons
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.
Artists Talk with Suzanne Anker, Brandon Ballengée and Maja Smrekar
1 June, 2014, 3 PM
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
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.
More information: http://www.suzanneanker.com/
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.
More information: http://brandonballengee.com
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.
More information: http://majasmrekar.org/crustacea-deleatur
I: the biosphere
Curator's Talk and Tour through the exhibition
4 May, 2014, 4 PM
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
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.
Talk with Katya Gardea Browne
March, 2014 at 3 PM
Gardea Browne, Torre, Panoramico Solotepec/ Paisaje, Maiz y Periferia,
Mexico, 2014, photograph
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
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
Bio Lounge // 24 - 26 January, 2014
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,
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.
Schubert (DE) is a post-media artist, works as an artistic researcher
and is a PhD candidate at the Bauhaus-University Weimar. (http://www.theresaschubert.org/)
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. (http://uncomp.uwe.ac.uk/adamatzky/)
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
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
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 (hackteria.org 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
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.
Chareza completed her PhD in Microbiology and Virology at the Germany
Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg and is currently working in a contract
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
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
Lounge is a project in cooperation with openbioprojects.net and the Vorspiel
2014 programme of transmediale and CTM.
Dr. Barbara Borek, Art-in-Berlin
Online-Magazine, published 27 January, 2014
and Artist Talk
Manouchehrabadi: The Power of Form, the Form of Power
25 October, 2013, 7-11 PM
26-27 October, 2013 2-6 PM
Talk with Nasim Manouchehrabadi on 26 October, 2013 3 PM
Nasim Manouchehrabadi,The Power of Form, the Form
of Power, 2011
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
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
The Design of Biological Systems and Neo-organs
28 September, 2013 from 1-6PM
...from so simple a beginning endless forms most
beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
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.
Art and Science talk with C-LAB and Rüdiger Trojok
CLAB, The Living Mirror, 2013
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.
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. .
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
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.
Rüdiger Trojok: http://www.openbioprojects.net/1801.html
Discussing a Phenomenon in the Arts, Humanities and (Neuro-)Science
5/ 6 July,
Prinzenallee 33, Berlin-Wedding
As a theoretical
addition to our ongoing exhibition series SYNAESTHESIA (October 2012 -
July 2013/ http://artlaboratory-berlin.org/home_eng.htm),
Art Laboratory Berlin will hold an international interdisciplinary conference
to further explore and theoretically question the field of multisensory
"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).
is open to the public and free of charge - donations are very welcome.
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
part of the exhibition
History of the Senses
Rowe & Simon Davenport
Sergio Maltagliati & Pietro Grossi
22 March, 7PM; 23 March, 2PM & 7PM ; 24 March, 2PM & 7PM
22 March, 2013, 8PM
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
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.
generous support of:
Synaesthesia series is supported
in part by a generous gift from Michael Schröder.
talk with Madi Boyd 10 March, 2012 at 3PM
with the exhibition
Synaesthesia / 2: Space and Perception
25.1.2013, 8 PM
Exhibition runs: 26.01. - 10.03.2013
Open: Fri-Sun, 2-6 PM and by appointment.
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
The Point of Perception, installation, 2009/13
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."
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.
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
ceremony takes place on 27 February, 2013 under the auspices of State
Secretary André Schmitz
statement from Art Laboratory Berlin on the award can be found at:
Berliner Projekträume und initiativen
Magazin - Berliner Kulturverwaltung zeichnet Projekträume aus von
Morgenpost - Eine Klassenfahrt mit Baby und Urkunden Von Gabriela Walde
- Das erste Mal: Der Berliner Preis für Projekträume wird vergeben
- Attraktiv und den Preis wert Von Marcus Woeller
deutschland - Echte Berliner Spezialität. Selbstorganisierte Kunstinitiativen
kämpfen ums Überleben
Von Tom Mustroph
- Küsschen, Kaffee, Kohle von Claudia Wahjudi
Laboratory Berlin at MutaMorphosis
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
Gretta Louw | Controlling_Connectivity
Daniel Belasco Rogers & Sophia New | Narrating Our Lines
Ellen Sebring, MIT| Atmosphere: Disorientation in Visual Narrative
as a Time Travelers Tool
Dr. Yasuhiro Sakamoto | Sound Sculptures as Embodiment of Cross-modal
2012, 4PM - Artist talk and workshop with Barbara Ryan
Part of the exhibition Synaesthesia /
1: The Orange Smell of November
Barbara Ryans 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 cant
be September it smells like the August of 1985! combines in
a unique way the artists intimate personal interconnecting relationship
between scent, colour, time and space, played out within the city of Berlin,
where she lived in the 1990s.
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
informaton on the exhibition)
the generous support of:
Synaesthesia is supported in part by a generous gift
from Michael Schröder.
kate hers Transmigration in Artistic Practice.
Screening from 7PM; Presentation 8.30PM.
video still from Missing, 2006
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.
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.
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 (germanproject.estherka.com).
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.
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.
10 May, 8PM
Palindrones: Musical Transpositions for the Reversing Machine
performance by Sam Belinfante & Simon Lewandowski
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)
Experiments with the Reversing Machine:
workshop with the artists Sam Belinfante & Simon Lewandowski
Time: Dreams, Drones, Flickers and Alpha Rhythms"
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)
per email. email@example.com
with the Month of Performance Art - Berlin:
May, 1 PM
Is the Desert Still the Desert in a Digital World?:
online performance with 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.
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
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.
with the Month of Performance Art - Berlin:
Warnayaka Art Center
March, 2012 8PM: Artist Talk with Shlomit Lehavi
and Art Laboratory Berlin's 5th Birthday!
Fantastic Time Machines
Sam Belinfante & Simon Lewandowski
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
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.
same evening we are celebrating the 5th anniversary of Art Laboratory
We will be happy if you can join us!
With the generous support of:
Feb. 24, 2012: Tour through the exhibition with the artists (7.30 PM)
b (Sophia New & Daniel Belasco Rogers)
Navigating the Everyday
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 tromajer; moderation: Christian de Lutz (curator).
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 tromajer (www.intima.org).
The talk will be introduced and moderated by Regine Rapp and Christian
Performance and exhibition
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
2012 3.30PM: Tour of the exhibition and Artists' talk with Gretta
+ plan b (Sophia New & Daniel Belasco Rogers) and Igor tromajer;
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?
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.
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.
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.
to the exhibition
generous support of:
Release Party - VISIONS NYC by Bärbel Möllmann: 30 September,
of the ongoing show VISIONS NYC afterthoughts, Art Laboratory
Berlin is pleased to invite you to the
Book Presentation & Book Release Party
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.
Möllmann: VISIONS NYC.
Portraits and Interviews from New York. Berlin 2011
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
purchase of the book on 30 September, 2011 the buyer will also receive
and original print from the photo book (30 x 50 cm)
information about the exhibition VISIONS NYC - afterthoughts here
generous support of:
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)
Round Table Discussion Al Tahrir: The Day After, 1 May, 2011, 3PM
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)
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, Deebis work has been internationally exhibited in Germany,
Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Spain, Chile, Palestine and the United States.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
information and video of the event
generous support of:
February 2011 Sol Lewitt Symposium
Prinzenallee 33 (next door to Art Laboratory Berlin)
Drawings for Muybridge II, 1964, New York: Multiples Inc.
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.
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
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 - www.east-of-eden.de
4 September 2010, 14-18h: workshop
Artists in Dialog: Alex Toland und Myriel Milicevic - Wunschgarten: Wild
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
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.
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.
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
01 July 2010
Talk and film screening by Dmitry Bulatov
Hertz (USA) "Cockroach-Controlled Mobile Robot", 2006
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).
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
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.
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: www.videodoc.ncca-kaliningrad.ru/eng/
13 and Sun 14 March, 2010, 2-6PM
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:
- 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
- A Play without Dialog.
A Book Project by Birgit Szepanski and Regine Rapp
2010, 8PM, Book Release Party
28 February 2010, 3-6PM, Book Presentation
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.
- Ein Stück ohne Dialoge, Photograph, 2008
- Ein Stück ohne Dialoge, Exhibition View, 2008
February 2010 at 7PM
Janez Jana, Janez Jana, Janez Jana
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 Jana (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.
will take you through a series of artistic, political, administrative
and mediatic actions performed by himself together with Janez Jana
and Janez Jana, 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
Workshop: "Copyright and related topics for artists. Musicians, Filmmakers
and other Creative Producers" with the lawyer Andreas Lichtenhahn
Free, registration necessary:
David Hammons, The Unauthorized Retrospective, (detail),2006
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)
2009 at 4PM
with Steve Kurtz as part of the exhibition
Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) & Institute for Applied Autonomy (IAA)
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
2009 at 4PM (meeting point: Art Laboratory Berlin)
Artists in Dialog: Alex Toland - Personal Dispersal Mechanisms,
an Interactive Urban Exploration
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.
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
artillerie (Exerzierstr. 10, 13359 Berlin) in cooperation with
Art Laboratory Berlin
Screening of a new video by Benj Gerdes and Jennifer Hayashida
(2009, 32 minutes, English without subtitles)
22 July 2009 at 9 pm
Introduction by Christian de Lutz, Art Laboratory Berlin
Followed by a discussion with the artists
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
control over 200 companies and establish matchstick monopolies in at least
At the height of his success, Ivar Kreuger was worth approximately 30
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)
May 2009, 8.30pm
On Media Reality a film by Vladimir Turner about Ztohoven
part of the exhibition Art and Law II - Ztohoven. Media Reality
April 2009, 21h
Artists in Dialog. Presentation by 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.
from Paola Yacoub is the first of Art Laboratory Berlin's new series of
artists talks, presentations, performances and events Artists in Dialog
Curators from East and Central Europe II: Elena Sorokina
Subjective Events, Sometimes Recorded
Curatorial workshop with Elena Sorokina, October 24, 2008, 6pm
Celebration at Art Laboratory Berlin
compilation from Jakup Nepra
from 10 pm DJ Nata
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 Nepra, 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.
Marcus Ahlers - Transposed Nodes
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.
information here (in German)
of the exhibition: 29.06.2008,
28 March, 2008
Art and Science
Dmitrij Bulatov - Senses Alert
Opening: 28 March, 2008, 8PM
Artist's talk and workshop:
Tour of the exhibition: 27.04.2008, 3PM (more)
from East and Central Europe I
Kera and Pavel Sedlak
Cosmopolitics: New Media Art from the Czech Republic
Workshop with Denisa Kera (curator): Curating New Media: 27.01.2008
Artists Talk: 1.02.2008 8PM
Tour of the exhibition: 2.03.2008 3PM
9 and 10, 11am -8 pm at Art Laboratory Berlin,
Final Performance November 11 , 8PM at Brunnenstrasse 39, Studio, 2nd
is a performance that deals with the occasion of a jam session on multiple
and expanding levels.
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...)
in cooperation with kunstraum_sumpfhahn_raumkunst
Sprachen. Both events start at 7.45 pm. more
Robin Hayward (violin/ bindelwald) and Olaf Bugiel (vocals/ electric guitar)
Oliver Schneller (percussion) and Workz (electronic, DJ)
Der Blick des Patriarchen
A documentary film
by Nicola Hochkeppel
2004, 62 min