was founded in Autumn 2006 by an international team of art historians
and artists. As a non-commercial art space, it was established as a platform
for inter-disciplinary exhibition projects in an international context.
Our main focus is the presentation of contemporary art at the meeting
point of art, science and technology.
Sustainable interdisciplinarity - Arts & Science
Art Laboratory Berlin pursues a sustainable form of inter-disciplinarity,
going beyond the mere juxtaposition of art and science. We want to create
constructive synergies between artists and scientists, to enable transparency
and content production. Often, in our exhibition and research projects,
we have been able to create lasting networks which extended beyond traditional
relationships between the science and art, to create new forms of inter-disciplinary
Immersive inductive curatorial practice
It is also an important aim of Art Laboratory Berlin, in the form of a
close, long-term collaboration with artists, to follow the creative processes
and make this visible in the exhibitions. Although we always base our
exhibition series on a general theoretical concept, we understand our
curatorial practice not as deductive, but inductive. Instead of subordinating
the works on exhibition to theory, we are interested in an inductive approach
- that rather places the individual artistic work at the centre of inquiry.
Individual forms of art education
Art Laboratory Berlin has achieved a model form of art education by using
various formats to reach a wide international audience of all ages. Through
a conscious openness to different disciplines we manage to take a variety
of specialized approaches to each exhibition. Many students groups visit
us. In the form of seminars, we discuss current positions and issues
in the context of ongoing exhibitions and events. Art Laboratory Berlin
also offers regular artist and curator talks that make the artistic
and curatorial processes of our projects transparent to a wide audience.
Children's workshops are aimed specifically at young visitors and
make important topics accessible in a creative way.
One part of our art education
programme has been to make literature and source material available in
our spaces: an example of this was the macro/microbiologies library,
a study room which existed parallel to the last of the four exhibitions
of our [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies series. A wide variety
of specialized books and texts, relevant to the topics of the series,
as well as source books about the works of the artists, allowed the public
to delve deeper into the subject matter. Discursive debate is an essential
part of our curatorial practice. Art Laboratory Berlin has also expanded
on its exhibition programme on several occasions with international inter-disciplinary
conferences highlighting current scholarly and artistic research.
Points of Focus
Since 2012 Art Laboratory Berlin has increasingly concentrated on a curatorial
practice which is closely linked to current issues and phenomena of the
21st century (see below). Our initial focus point on inter-disciplinary
practice, from 2007-2009, brought forth the exhibition series: Art
& Music, Art & Text, Art & Science, Arts
& Law. The series Artists in Dialog (2010-11) involved
two artistic positions to which a subject, motif or an artistic strategy
was the starting point for a exhibition in dialog, which also sought to
transgress the traditional roles of artist and curator.
In 2011 Art Laboratory Berlin presented Sol
LeWitt: Artist's Books with the entire artist books of the
American conceptual artist Sol LeWitt. Visitors could take the artist
books from custom built cabinets for individual study. Parallel to the
exhibition Art Laboratory Berlin organised an international inter-disciplinary
to support a dialog between art and scholarship as well as theory and
In 2011/12 Art Laboratory Berlin presented a series of exhibitions, performances
and talks, Time and Technology, which took as its theme the effects
of the latest technology on our perception of time, and places this in
the context of international artistic production. The technological developments
of the last 25 years have considerably changed the way we live, work and
communicate. The series presented artistic contributions that reflected
the latest technologies and their effect on changing forms of work and
communication (such as altered senses of time and new forms of temporal
From Autumn 2012 to Summer 2013 Art Laboratory Berlin presented a series
of four exhibitions along with an inter-disciplinary conference on the
theme of Synaesthesia. The increased interest in the phenomenon
of synaesthesia, a diverse form of multisensory perception, has made itself
noticeable in both science and contemporary art. A strikingly strong interest
for coupled sense perception can be seen in many current artistic works.
This is not surprising, since multimedia and multi-sensory experiences
have become increasingly common in our daily lives. The inter-disciplinary
Discussing a Phenomenon in the Arts, Humanities and (Neuro-)Science
completed the series in July 2013.
Through March 2015 Art Laboratory Berlin presented a series of exhibitions,
talks and events - [macro]biologies
& [micro]biologies - with the goal of creating a multi-faceted
theoretical platform for artists, scientists and the public to discuss
topics such as the planet, "nature" and organisms in connection
within the context of art and the life sciences.
In 2016-17 Art Laboratory Berlin presents a series of exhibitions, events
and conferences on the theme of Nonhuman
Berlin is run by Christian de Lutz and Regine Rapp.
The current team of Art Laboratory Berlin includes:
de Lutz is a visual artist and curator, originally from New York.
He works in photography, new media, video and installation. His artworks
deal with social, political and cultural themes, with an emphasis on technology,
migration and cultural borderlines. He has collaborated with artists and
institutions in Germany, Spain and Southeast Europe as well as exhibiting
in Europe, the USA and Japan.
As a co-founder
of Art Laboratory Berlin he has curated over 30 exhibitions and developed
a number of series, including Time and Technology and Synaesthesia
as well as [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies. His curatorial
work concentrates on the interface of art, science and technology in the
21st century. Additionally he has published numerous articles in journals
and books, and is active in a number of collaborative organisations including
transmediale/ re-Source, Synapse (Haus der Kulturen der
Welt) and The Berlin Network of Free Project Spaces and Initiatives.
co-director and curator, Art Laboratory Berlin
Rapp is an art historian and curator. Her specific fields of research
for 20th and 21st century art are installation art, image text theory,
artist books, and art & science collaborations. Currently she is researching
spatial aesthetics of contemporary installation art. She worked as Assistant
Professor for Art History at the Burg Giebichenstein Art Academy Halle
until Autumn 2013.
She is co-director
of Art Laboratory Berlin, which she co-founded in 2006. She curated over
30 exhibitions (exhibition series on Time and Technology, Synaesthesia
and macro/microbiologies) and has published several books. Concurrent
to the exhibition Sol LeWitt. Artist's Books in 2011 she conceived
and realised the international Sol LeWitt_Symposium at Art Laboratory
Berlin. Together with Christian de Lutz she developed the international
transdisciplinary conference Synaesthesia. Discussing a Phenomenon
in the Arts, Humanities and (Neuro-)Science, 2013 at Art Laboratory
Berlin. Her new publication [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies.
Art and the Biological Sublime in the 21st Century reflects theoretically
Art Laboratory Berlin's last series from 2014-15.
She is a
member of the International Association on Word and Image Studies
(IAWIS) and SYNAPSE Curators' Network (Haus der Kulturen der Welt).
and curator, Art Laboratory Berlin
studied Art History at the Russian State University for the Humanities
(RGGU) in Moscow, with a research focus on modern and contemporary art
(visual arts, installation art, art in context). In 2008/2009 she researched
at the Humboldt University, Berlin on her project "The Search for
an Ideal Artistic Language in the Multimedia Projects of the Russian Avant-garde
and the German Bauhaus." She has recently completed her Masters in
Art History and Image Science with an outstanding master's thesis on Synesthesia
in art of the 20th century. Currently she is responsible for press and
PR for Art Laboratory Berlin.