[macro]biologies & [micro]biologies
and the Life Sciences in the 21st Century.
Exhibitions, Events and more.
from left to right : Mathias Kessler, Center for PostNatural History,
Anna Dumitriu, Brandon Ballengee, Maja Smrekar
are glad to announce our new publication:
& [micro]biologies. Art and the Biological Sublime in the 21st
by Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz, Berlin 2015
To open our 2014 programme Art Laboratory Berlin presented three
days of events on open source biology and micro-organisms in connection
with the transmediale festival:
January, 2014, 8 PM: Art & Science Dialog with
Theresa Schubert and Andy Adamatzky
25 January, 2014
2-6 PM DIY Bio Lounge; bio-hackathon
7 PM Presentation by Rüdiger Trojok
6 PM - open end: DIY Bio Lounge, drop in & drop out; open
bio lab; molecular cocktails; Bioluminescence installation by Sarah
Chareza and Jessica Bernds
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)
with a workshop by Julian Chollet
Moving from the vast to the minute, [macro]biologies &
[micro[biologies, will be a series of 4 exhibitions, performances,
and talks at Art Laboratory Berlin over the course of 2014 The series
moves from biosphere and landscape - systems, structures, creation
and devastation (in exhibition 1) to the level of non-human, multi-cellular
'being' (in exhibition 2) and finally explores micro-organisms (in
exhibition 3) , as well as the minute particles or objects that
still forms life or a basis for living (exhibition 4). Additionally
a programme of talks, performances and other events with artists,
scientists and scholars will accompany the exhibition series.
I: the biosphere // 8 March - May
The first exhibition explores the multiple biological structures
and systems that make up a single unit on the planet Earth - the
biosphere. The biosphere, which has existed for at least 3 billion
years, is currently undergoing a situation of extreme change and
stress due to mankind's manipulation of resources, the release of
carbon based gases and environmental destruction. The four positions
in the exhibition explore different ways in which 'nature' has been
effected by or reacted to these recent stresses.
Participating artists: Katya Gardea Browne, Center for PostNatural
History, Mathias Kessler, Alexandra Regan Toland. (more
II: organisms // 31 May - 20 July, 2014
The second exhibition will highlight the work of artists working
with multi-celled organisms, how we relate to them, and how their
precariousness relates to our own situation in the 21st century.
Participating artists: Suzanne Anker, Brandon Ballengée,
Workshop with the artist collective C-LAB (UK)
// 5-7 September, 2014
C-LAB is a London based artist collective, founded by the two artists
and scientists Laura Cinti and Howard Boland, that is dealing critically
with contemporary intersections and cross-fertilisation of art,
science, and technology. The work of Cinti and Boland focuses on
the examination and exploration of the implications, properties
and peculiarities of all which is or regards organic and synthetic
life. This being their incentive, they want to create a platform
that is open for both artistic and scientific reflection and discourse.
The event aims to involve the participants in the internationally
growing practice of do-it-yourself biology and make technology accessible.
In the art experiment we will explore pigments and fluorescent proteins,
scientific methods and enzymes for biochemical transformations,
and grow our own bacteria! (Presented by Desiree Förster and
I: the bacterial sublime // 27 Sept - 30 November, 2014
The third exhibition will be a solo retrospective of British artist
Anna Dumitriu, whose work in the field of art and science
brings together historical narratives, cutting edge biomedical research
and an interest in ethical concerns. Dumitriu is well known for
creating "The VRSA Dress" & and "The MRSA Quilt"
which were made from so-called 'superbugs'. To create those works
she grew bacteria onto textiles and used natural and clinical antibiotics
to create patterns (sterilised prior to exhibition). The exhibition
will also include works from her "Romantic Disease" series
which explores the history of tuberculosis (TB) from artistic, social
and scientific perspectives and covers subjects such as superstitions
about the disease, TB's literary and romantic associations, the
development of antibiotics and the latest research into whole-genome
sequencing of mycobacteria.
II: πρωτεο / proteo //
23 January - 29 March, 2015
Exhibition runs: 24 January - 29 March, 2015
hours: Fri-Sun, 2-6PM and by appointment. Also open on Thursday
29 January from 2-6PM
Curators Talk: 1 March, 2015, 3PM
Artist Talk: 29 March, 2015, 3PM
/ proteo featuring artworks by Joanna
Hoffmann is the fourth and final exhibition of the [macro]biologies
& [micro]biologies series at Art Laboratory Berlin.
The exhibition explores the minute biomolecules that form a basis
for the phenomena of life.
Hoffmann's transdisciplinary works combine art, microbiology, physics
and technology. Her use of multimedia installations, 3d stereoscopy,
experimental video animation and other media explore the visualization
of sub-atomic and molecular as well as cosmic space. Her work relates
to advanced scientific research on the phenomenon of life and to
the interplay between scientific and cultural, sensual and illusive,
digital and biological, natural and synthetic.