About Art Laboratory Berlin


The multiple award winning art and research platform Art Laboratory Berlin (ALB) presents interdisciplinary art projects in an international context. It was founded in 2006 by an international team of art historians and artists - including Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz. Our main goal is the presentation and mediation of contemporary art at the interface of art, science and technology. In recent years, ALB has focused on the field of art, biology and artistic research.

EXHIBIT | Sustainable curatorial practice

It is an important aim of ALB, in the form of a close, long-term collaboration with artists, to follow the creative processes and make this visible in the exhibitions. 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.

RESEARCH | Artistic Research & Artist-in-Residence
At all our international conferences, we have successfully brought artists and researchers from the humanities and natural sciences together in an active and sustainable dialogue. In recent years we have been successful in realising research projects between artists and universities and in developing artist-in-residence programs.

PUBLISH | Scientific publications & artist books
We have published numerous texts and books, also scientific academic contributions (conference papers and articles); exhibition catalogues and artist books.
- [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies. Art and the Biological Sublime in the 21st Century. Ed. By Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz, Berlin 2015:http://www.blurb.com/b/6244394-macro-biologies-micro-biologies-art-and-the-biolog
- Internationale Conference Nonhuman Agents in Art, Culture and Theory (24.-26.11.2017), conceived and realized by Regine Rap & Christian de Lutz, Online-publication: http://artlaboratory-berlin.org/html/eng-event-40.htm

EDUCATE | Individual art education
A model character takes the form of art mediation, which reaches a broad international audience of different ages through different mediation formats. Highly praised in the press are not only our conferences, exhibition talks and our Reading-Lounge, but also children's workshops and student talks.

MAIN TOPICS| Exhibition and event series

  • Art & Science (2008 - present
  • Time and Technology | Exhibitions & Conference (2011-12)
  • Synesthesia. A Multisensory Phenomenon | Exhibitions | Exhibitions (2012-13)
  • International Synesthesia Conference (July 2013)
  • [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies. Biosphere, Organism, Bacteria, Molecules | Exhibitions & Publications (2013-15)
  • Nonhuman Subjectivities | Exhibitions (2016/17)
  • Nonhuman Agents | Exhibition, Workshops, International Conference (2017/18)
  • Mind the Fungi | Interdisciplinary Research project with the Institute of Biotechnology of TU Berlin (2018-20)

Art Laboratory Berlin is run by Christian de Lutz and Regine Rapp.

The current team of Art Laboratory Berlin includes

Christian de Lutz is a curator and visual artist, originally from New York. As co-founder and co-director of Art Laboratory Berlin he has curated over 40 exhibitions, including the series Time and Technology, Synaesthesia, [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies, and Nonhuman Subjectivities. His curatorial work focuses on the interface of art, science and technology in the 21st century, with special attention given to BioArt, DIY Science initiatives and facilitating collaborations between artists and scientists.

He has published numerous articles in journals and books, including [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies. Art and the Biological Sublime in the 21st Century, which reflects theoretically on Art Laboratory Berlin's 2013-15 program, and an introductory essay in Half Life. Machines/ Organisms, Artistic Positions in the context of Climate Change and Extinction (2018). He is currently a researcher affiliated with the Institute for Biotechnology, TU Berlin in context of the interdisciplinary Art & Science Project "Mind the Fungi".

He is also active in a number of collaborative organisations including transmediale/ re-Source, Synapse (Haus der Kulturen der Welt), The Berlin Network of Free Project Spaces and Initiatives, and 21cc. Network for hybrid and digital practices.

Co-director and curator, Art Laboratory Berlin

Regine Rapp is an art historian, curator and co-director of Art Laboratory Berlin. Her research focuses on art in the 20th and 21st century: Installation Art, Text and Image Theory, the Artist Book, and Art & Science Collaborations. As a research associate at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle she taught art history.

As co-founder of Art Laboratory Berlin (2006), she has curated and researched on more than 40 exhibition projects (Time and Technology, Synaesthesia, [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies). In 2011 parallel to the exhibition Sol LeWitt. Artist's Books, she conceived the international Sol LeWitt Symposium at Art Laboratory Berlin. Along with Christian de Lutz she developed the international conference Synaesthesia Discussing a Phenomenon in the Arts, Humanities and (Neuro) Science (2013). The Nonhuman Subjectivities (2016/17) and Nonhuman Agents (2017/18) series of exhibitions, performances, workshops, and an international conference reflected on Art and Science in the post-anthropocentric era. As a research associate at the Institute of Biotechnology of the TU Berlin, she is currently connecting Art & Science research in the project Mind the Fungi.

Publications (selection): [macro] biologies & [micro] biologies. Art and the Biological Sublime in the 21st Century (ALB, Berlin 2015); Trans, Post and Beyond. Some Reflections on Machines and the Biological (Fabrico Publishers, 2018); The concept »Nonhuman Subjectivities«. Current Artistic Practices in Posthumanism (Reimer Publishers, 2019).

Co-director and curator, Art Laboratory Berlin

Olga Shmakova 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.


Utpala Sharma studied Biology at the Dayalbagh University in Agra India, with a research focus on Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biotech technology, and pharmacology etc. From 2010 to 2015 she researched at the Dayalbagh University, Agra on her project "Phylogenetic Studies in selected groups of Squamates in semi-arid region of Agra, India." She received a fellowship by the University Grant Commission Research Fellowship in Science for Meritorious students, India, for research. She is currently employed with Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW). At Art Laboratory Berlin she is responsible for collecting and structuring data from various sources and generating actionable insights.


Former team members


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