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at the Institute for Biotechnology/ Bioprocess Engineering, TU Berlin
76 Room Z20, Hof 3 Aufgang F, 13355 Berlin
January 2020, 7-9.30 PM
The art & science project Mind the Fungi is a collaboration
between the Institute for Biotechnology TU Berlin and Art Laboratory Berlin,
and is dedicated to the research of local mushrooms and current fungal
biotechnology. The scientific research is expanded and enhanced through
artistic and design-based research.The Institute of Biotechnology works
with Berlin citizens, artists and designers to develop new ideas and technologies
for mushroom and lichen-based materials of the future.
the Vorspiel programme in partnership with the CTM and transmediale
Bacteria / Colonialist Cash
26 January- 1 March 2020, Fri - Sun 2-6PM
Opening 25 January 2020 at 7PM
Borderless Bacteria / Colonialist Cash discusses important
current aspects of biopolitics. By visualising microbiome landscapes of
banknotes, the project invites us to reflect about the interconnectedness
of ecological and economic exchanges.
Much recent attention has been given to the human microbiome, the microbes
which live on and within our bodies. These communities also exist on most
surfaces around us. When we touch objects, we exchange bacteria, fungi
and viruses, leaving some microbiota behind. It is no surprise that one
of the objects we touch most money is not only a medium
of economic but also microbial exchange. According to a study conducted
by the NYU Center for Genomics & Systems Biology, 3000 types of bacteria
were identified on dollar bills from just one Manhattan bank.
Rinaldo, an established artist in the field of Bio and Postmedia art,
develops hybrid human-nonhuman ecologies. Borderless Bacteria / Colonialist
Cash explores the hidden microbiome of money within a critical framework
that also sheds light on exchange and power. Do Chinese Yuan and American
Dollars share bacterial and fungal communities?
micro-performative project is intriguingly simple in its setup: Various
bills of international currency are displayed in square Petri dishes on
enriched agar. Time plays a crucial role, as a microbial landscape grows
and realises itself over the course of several weeks.
an aesthetic level, the iconography of the currency literally loses face
as microbial growth undermines the representational aspect of the banknotes.
The official character of money is subverted. As its microbial nature
comes to light, it appears far less representative: a fine network of
mycelia covers the head of George Washington on a $1 note; on a 10 CHF
note, Le Corbusier is no longer recognisable due to bacterial growth.
to lessen his carbon footprint, artist Ken Rinaldo expressed the wish
that the work be made without his travelling. This work was first made
in 2017 during a residency at Cultivamos Cultura, Portugal. Some of the
works in the exhibition were created with students from the Gustav-Freytag-Schule
in Berlin-Reinickendorf as part of a collaboration between the school,
ALB and the DIY Hack the Panke collective.
and Christian de Lutz (curators)
the Vorspiel programme in partnership with the CTM and transmediale
Erich Berger Mari Keto Martin Howse
October- 8 December 2019, Fri - Sun 2-6 PM
Opening 18 October 2019, 8PM
Artist 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:
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,
5 Dec, 2019 Open
evening with talks and workshops
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.
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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)
text as .pdf
In close cooperation with Max Planck Institute for the
History of Science
Talk | Happening
Florence Razoux: The Lumenses Project
5 January 2020, 3-6PM
Artist and scientist Florence Razoux will be presenting the Lumenses
Project, a series of creative initiatives that offers a new perspective
on menstruation and examine how the taboo that surrounds menstruation
impacts society, and especially the biomedical research. The interactive
art and science installation Bloody Holidays, questioning our perception
of menstruation, will be presented to the public, with the opportunity
to donate menstrual blood for the making of the piece. Please get in touch
with the artist if you're interested in participating: firstname.lastname@example.org
Razoux is a scientist and artist with a PhD in neuroscience and biomedical
engineering. Their work bridges science, art, design and technology, and
was presented in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin (Gray Matters,
2017), MONOM, Berlin Center for Spatial Sound (Sgr-A*, 2018) and most
recently ETH Zürich in Switzerland (Waddington, 2019).
in intra-flux of the Anthropocene
research at the Rillig Group, Ecology of Plants, Institute of Biology,
Free University Berlin in cooperation with Art Laboratory Berlin
29. November 2019, 7:30 PM: Project presentation: Saa Spačal
in converation with Dr. India Mansour
For the month of November 2019 bio media artist Saa Spačal
will provide artistic research for her new project Symbiosis in intra-flux
of the Anthropocene at the Rillig Group, Ecology of Plants, Institute
of Biology, FU Berlin.Towards the end of the residency Art Laboratory
Berlin will host a public presentation and discussion about the topics
that residency covered, together with scientists from the Rillig Group.
Symbiosis in intraflux of the Anthropocene)
event is supported
by the Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur Bezirksamt Mitte and the Bezirkskulturfonds
as part of DIY
Hack the Panke
Local Area Network (LAN).
Workshop with Martin Howse
13 Oct and 10 Nov 2019, 11AM-6PM
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
DIY Hack the Panke
Workshop and Jam session with Kat Austen and Nenad Popov
5 October 2019, 2-6PM