| Research | Citizen Science
art & science project "Mind the Fungi" is a collaboration
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.
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 Artists in Residence programme brings art and design
into the project as a constructive source of ideas, multipliers and communicators
of scientific issues, and supports the process of sharing research processes
and findings with the public.
In cooperation with the Technische Universität Berlin, Institute
DIY Hack the Panke
research group DIY Hack the Panke, founded in January 2018, consists of
a group of artists and scientists promoting Citizen Science projects along
the Panke River in north and central Berlin. Through
interdisciplinary practice, the group aims to explore the Panke River
for living organisms and critically examine its complex history of human
use. Members of DIY Hack the Panke plan public workshops on topics such
as river flora, fauna and microbiology; plastic waste and other pollutants;
and the impact of history, culture and technology on the present-day Panke.
In addition to workshops, the public is also invited to take part in a
walks and talks as well as public labs to rediscover their urban environment,
as well as learn and take part in Citizen Science.
The Silkworm Project
The Silkworm Project explores the possibilities of using silkworms
to design a series of hybrid biomass machines capable of producing self-organized
flat and spatial silk structures. Art Laboratory Berlin is pleased to
collaborate with the Berlin-based Max Planck Institute for the History
of Science (MPIWG) on a four-month research stay in Berlin by Vivian Xu,
who lives in Shanghai. Between May and July 2019, Vivian Xu will pursue
artistic research at MPIWG, and her artistic practice at a studio at ALB.
An exhibition (May - July 2019) and a workshop on sericulture by Vivian
Xu will provide the public with insights into the fascinating long-term
In cooperation with Max Planck Institute
for the History of Science