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New Artistic Positions on M/otherhood, Life and Care

Ai Hasegawa | Baum & Leahy | Cecilia Jonsson | Margherita Pevere | Mary Maggic
Naja Ryde Ankarfeldt
| Nicole Clouston | Sonia Levy | Špela Petrič | Tarah Rhoda

Running Time: Summer/Autumn 2020 (updates comimg soon)
@ Art Laboratory Berlin, Prinzenallee 34 and OKK, Prinzenallee 29, 13359 Berlin

Symposium with artists & theoreticians

Event Programme: Feminist SF: Visions of M/otherhood & Reproduction
Talkshow Series | Curated & hosted by Isabel de Sena
Mary Maggic | Christopher Coenen | Alison Sperling | Noemi Yoko Molitor

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Borderless Bacteria / Colonialist Cash

Ken Rinaldo

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.

Ken 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?

This 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.

On 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.

Wishing 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.
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Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz (curators)

Exhibition text as .pdf

Part of the Vorspiel programme in partnership with the CTM and transmediale

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Thanks to Cultivamos Cultura | Marta De Menezes and Dr Luís Graça; Dr. Mario Ramirez, Molecular Microbiology
& Infection, Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon, Portugal; Prof. Amy Youngs; Dr. Adam Zaretsky.

Invisible Forces

Erich Berger    Mari Keto    Martin Howse

19 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
(Registration required)

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).

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Opening 5 September 2019, 7 PM

Mind the Fungi.
Local Tree Mushrooms as Sustainable Material for the Future

Venue: FUTURIUM | Futurium Lab, Alexanderufer 2, 10117 Berlin
Curated by Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz, Art Laboratory Berlin

Exhibition: 5 September 2019 – 30 April 2020
Curator's talk with Christian de Lutz: 7 September, 2019 3-5PM
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 10AM – 6PM, Thur 10AM – 8PM, Tues closed.
Free entry

5 Dec, 2019 Open evening with talks and workshops

Mind the Fungi is a collaboration between the TU Berlin Institute of 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.

The exhibition 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.
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Curated by Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz, Art Laboratory Berlin

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Part of the program Citizen Science - Forschen mit der Gesellschaft, Technische Universität Berlin:

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Mind the Fungi

MATERIAL DRIVEN DESIGN. Sculpting with Bioplastic Textile
A two-day workshop with Fara Peluso
Postponed! New Date TBA

14 March & 28 March 2020 | 1 - 6:30 pm
@ ALB, Prinzenallee 34, 13359 Berlin
No previous knowledge necessary | Workshop language: English
Registration mandatory for both days together:
Free entry

Today Material Research is a central point in the theory and practice of designing new technologies, in cooperation with art and design. These fields are currently collaborating, merging their knowledge and practice to develop a new generation of materials, by focusing on specific characteristics, to create new environmentally friendly materials. Another approach, however, has also arisen in the last years combining making, crafting and personal fabrication of new materials through a form of Do It Yourself (DIY) biology and craftmaking.

This Mind the Fungi workshop discusses this new material driven design movement and methodology, learning how to build a new material by studying and using a living organism like mycelium. Discovering the features, possibilities and limits of mycelium-based materials, the participants will work together growing material and developing new material, building sculptures, assembling DIY packaging and drawing and cutting patterns on a new material made of biofilm.

Day 1: 14 March 2020

After an introduction by Fara Peluso into her design research and insights by the biotechnologists from TU Berlin in context of the project Mind the Fungi, the participants will learn how to inoculate mycelium into a liquid culture and prepare a biofilm based on mycelium and algae. The knowledge and techniques learned are functional in a DIY setting.

Day 2: 28 March 2020

After a two-week period, during which the biofilms will grow, the participants will be now able to use their new biomaterials to assemble sculptures or create designed objects like bags. Here innovative design practice will enable us to unleash the potential of these new materials created through material driven design.

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With the generous support of the Technische Universität Berlin as part of the program Citizen Science - Forschen mit der Gesellschaft:

Mind the Fungi

Open Lab Night
at the Institute of Biotechnology/ Bioprocess Engineering, TU Berlin

Ackerstr. 76 Room Z20, Hof 3 Aufgang F, 13355 Berlin

Photo: Marcel Dostert

21 January 2020, 7-9.30 PM

The art & science project Mind the Fungi is a collaboration between the Institute ofBiotechnology 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.
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Part of the Vorspiel programme in partnership with the CTM and transmediale

With the generous support of the Technische Universität Berlin as part of the program Citizen Science - Forschen mit der Gesellschaft:

Artist Talk | Happening

Florence Razoux: The Lumenses Project

Sunday, 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:

Florence 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).

Symbiosis in intra-flux of the Anthropocene

Saša Spačal

Artistic 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: Saša Spačal in converation with Dr. India Mansour

For the month of November 2019 bio media artist Saša 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.
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This 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

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 and bodies.

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.

Supported by the Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur Bezirksamt Mitte and the Bezirkskulturfonds as part of DIY Hack the Panke


Previous exhibitions and events: (click here)

Information on the Mind the Fungi project here

Information on DIY Hack the Panke here

Information on the Nonhuman Agents series from 2017

Information on the Nonhuman Subjectivities series from 2016-17 here

Information on the [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies series from 2014-15 here


[macro]biologies & [micro]biologies. Art and the Biological Sublime in the 21st Century. Ed. by Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz, Berlin 2015.
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Online Publication:
We are proud to share with you our online-publication of the international interdisciplinary 2-day SYNAESTHESIA-Conference, held by Art Laboratory Berlin in the summer 2013:
Synaesthesia. Discussing a Phenomenon in the Arts, Humanities and (Neuro-)Science

Information about Art Laboratory Berlin:
Art Laboratory Berlin (as.PDF)


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