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Erich Berger Mari Keto Martin Howse
October- 8 December 2019, Fri - Sun 2-6 PM
Opening 18 October 2019, 8PM
Talk 19 October 2019, 5PM
Local Area Network (LAN). Workshop with Martin Howse 13 Oct and
10 Nov 2019, 11AM-6PM
Our planet is not only made up of earth and rocks, but also of a number
of invisible forces that influence and shape the form and viability of
life. Radiation is not just a by-product of the atomic age, but something
that exists in the background of almost every environment. In this exhibition,
the work of Erich Berger and Mari Keto is presented along with a workshop
and forensic exhibition by Martin Howse to open a dialogue between contemporary
culture and deep (geological) time and psycho-geophysics.
Erich Berger and Mari Keto's works examine the questions
of toxic and radioactive waste in our world today. Inheritance
is a precious family heirloom and consists of jewellery, which are radioactive
and therefore rendered practically and symbolically unwearable. Together
with an electromechanical device to determine the remaining radioactivity,
the jewellery is stored in a concrete container which is build to endure
over a vast amount of time. With these items the story goes that each
time the jewellery is handed over from one generation to the next, the
ritual of measurement determines if the jewellery can finally be brought
in use and fulfill its promise of wealth and identity or if it has to
be stored away until the next generation.
Open Care proposes a speculative future where individual families
take responsibility for radioactive waste. The piece includes an electroscope
for measuring radioactivity, an electrostatic charger and a storage disc
for a small amount of nuclear waste, to be passed down form generation
to generation. By rendering the huge timescale of radioactive decay into
more meaningful units of lifetimes these work open the question of collective
care and responsibility from a fresh perspective.
Martin's Howse's workshop and forensic exhibition, Local Area
Network (LAN), is a transdisciplinary, speculative investigation of
local fields and particles, energetic exchanges, towards the hacking and
re-routing of circulations and networks at all stacked levels of local
geological, environmental and technological "Umwelten".
LAN intervenes within the co-existent realms of algorithmic entities,
of the structures and infrastructures of computation, and communication
with the non-human entities of the earth (mycelium and microbes).
the generous support of:
Local Area Network (LAN).
Workshop with Martin Howse
13 Oct and 10 Nov 2019, 11AM-6PM
To register please send a short statement of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
by 6th October.
Local Area Network (LAN) open workshop is a collective, speculative
investigation of local fields/particles, and energetic exchanges, towards
the hacking and re-routing of energy flows and networks at all stacked
levels of local geological, environmental and technological "Umwelten",
forking into a forensic exhibition at Art Laboratory Berlin.
LAN works in the field - at sites along the Panke - and in the
lab, punctuating an ongoing exhibition of changing processes and prototypes,
examining the interface of data ecologies and the non-human through mapping,
measuring and intervening within local and specific energetic transformations,
entropic gradients and boundings of matters, materials and cultures.
LAN examines and identifies sites of execution, the places where
energetic transformations intersect with human infrastructure and agents
of abstraction and logic; intervening within the co-existent realms of
algorithmic entities, of the structures and infrastructures of computation,
communication with the non-human entities of the earth (mycelium, microbes).
For example, specific devices, developed in the course of collective workshops
will examine relations of computation and decay, perhaps logging the growth
of lichen and other parasitic fungi/forms on human infrastructures or
examining branchy dew formations of radioactive particles. Workshops and
devices will equally examine relations of the decay of particles, and
the extension of the nuclear/geological within the interiors of plants
The first workshop will take place at Art Laboratory Berlin on the 13th
October, the second on 10th November. For the 2nd workshop participants
should follow the AND operator!
Local Area Network (LAN) forms part of the exhibition Invisible
Forces opening at Art Laboratory Berlin on 18 October, 2019.
by the Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur Bezirksamt Mitte and the Bezirkskulturfonds
as part of DIY Hack
5 September 2019, 7 PM
Local Tree Mushrooms as Sustainable Material for the Future
FUTURIUM | Futurium Lab, Alexanderufer 2, 10117
by Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz, Art Laboratory Berlin
5 September 2019 30 April 2020
Curator's talk with Christian de Lutz: 7 September, 2019 3-5PM
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 10AM 6PM, Thur 10AM 8PM,
is a collaboration between the TU Berlin Institute for Biotechnology (TUB)
and Art Laboratory Berlin (ALB), combining scientific research, citizen
science and artist and designer residencies-in-lab. The project researches
innovative uses for biomaterials produced from tree fungi. Researchers
at TU Berlin's Institute of Biotechnology create new materials from natural
sources. How and what you grow the material on defines its qualities.
Art Laboratory Berlin brings together for this topic artists, scientists
and the public to share knowledge and experience new forms of creativity
through exhibitions, talks and workshops.
shows how we have cultivated various tree fungi with different media (i.e.
on substrate such as sawdust), and produced biomaterials with different
shapes, structures and qualities. Some current examples range from mycelium
bricks to 'vegan leather' and other design products. Videos and slide
shows document the Art Science project "Mind thr Fungi", introduce
the individual team members and provide a deeper insight into the creative
world of an interdisciplinary work process.
Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz, Art Laboratory Berlin
The Silkworm Project
01 June - 14 July, 2019, Fri-Sun 2-6PM
Opening: 31 May, 8PM
08 June 2019, 3-6PM: Workshop
THE SILKWORM PROJECT
with Vivian Xu.
@ Art Laboratory Berlin // Registration necessary (email@example.com)
30 June 2019, 3PM: Artist Talk with Vivian Xu and Lisa Onaga (Max
Planck Institute for the History of Science)
@ Art Laboratory Berlin
04 July 2019: Symposium The Artist-Silkworm Interface: The Agricultural
Treatise as Source and Scrutiny for Creating an Artist Book, organised
by Lisa Onaga, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.
Speakers: Vivian Xu, Regine Rapp, Anna Grasskamp, Yubin Shen, Dagmar Schäfer.
@ Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, at the Harnack House
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Vivian Xu is a media artist and researcher based in Shanghai. Her work
is situated between bio and electronic media in creating new forms of
machine logic, life and sensory systems, and often takes the form of object,
installation or wearable.
The Silkworm Project Vivian Xu explores the possibilities of using
silkworms to design a series of hybrid machines capable of producing self-organised
2D and 3D silk structures. Xu wants to understand how far the behaviour
of insects can serve as a foundation for technological design. To this
end she has developed cybernetic devices based on both biological and
computer-controlled logic. In the exhibition a series of interactive machines
made of silkworms and electronics will be displayed. The artist-designer
works on the creation of self-organised silk structures designed by live
silkworms, a posthuman machine.
Art Laboratory Berlin is happy to present Xus projects for the first
time in Europe.
silk machines utilise a closed feedback loop system between the organic
and the artificial, where the biological and the computational form an
ecosystem that demonstrates automated production that is autonomous in
its nature remarks the artist. By researching in the history of
computation and its entanglement with the technological development of
the loom, the artist explores a critical and artistic intersection between
the organisation of silk and the organisation of information.
The Silkworm Project is the first of an ongoing series titled The
Insect Trilogy, in which she examines the behaviour of silkworms,
ants and bees in order to take this into account in the design of machines.
Combining the 5000 year-old tradition of sericulture with new technologies,
Vivian Xu's work investigates the role of human and nonhuman, biological
and technological, and the permeable borders between them. Her silk machines
are based on a closed feedback loop that creates an autonomous production
system that is both organic and artificial, biological and computational.
The exhibition will present multiple prototypes and documentation of previous
experiments as well as a new machine interacting with live silkworms.
The most recent prototype of Silkworm Project, Machine III Magnetic
Spinning Machine, has been financially supported by Art Laboratory
Our collaboration with Vivian Xu spans more then four years. Her project
The Silkworm Project is closely tied to our series Nonhuman
Subjectivities (2016/17) and Nonhuman
Agents (2017/18). We appreciate Vivian Xus contribution
at our conference Nonhuman
Agents in Art, Culture and Theory (Nov 2017, Art Laboratory
Berlin), which we published as a video recording (along with all other
conference contributions) in our web archive (see
are pleased to collaborate with the Berlin-based Max Planck Institute
for the History of Science (MPIWG) on a four-month artistic research
residency in Berlin by Vivian Xu (MayAugust 2019). The exhibition,
talks, a symposium, and a workshop on sericulture by Vivian Xu will provide
the public with insights into this fascinating long-term project.
Rapp & Christian de Lutz (curators)
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In close cooperation with Max Planck Institute for the
History of Science
DIY Hack the Panke
Workshop and Jam session with Kat Austen and Nenad Popov
5 October 2019, 2-6PM