IN-PROGRESS… | COLLOQUIUM
Research in Art, Science and Humanities
With Daphne Dragona and WhiteFeather Hunter
Art Laboratory Berlin is delighted to invite you to take part in our discursive format – a colloquium on research in art, science and humanities, curated by Regine Rapp (next to our Reading Club, curated by Tuçe Erel).
The Colloquium (on 12 July it will be hybrid, on-site and online!) addresses an international interdisciplinary research audience to present and discuss past, present or future projects by artists and scholars, curators or editors from the fields of art, science and the humanities. The topics could refer to an art project, a book, text or chapter, a research or exhibition project, a lab experiment, a lecture series, a conference concept or other.
The presentations and exchange will focus on the work-in-progress. Methodological approaches – theoretical or practical – are also of great interest here. While researching, we often tend to shift between practical inquiry and theoretical research, browsing various disciplines. Following the original meaning of colloquium as “speaking together”, we want to provide a platform for exchange and embrace various kinds of work processes which are often not seen or talked about.
Structure of the sessions: Each session will include two presentations followed by discussions, altogether 90 min. The colloquium welcomes informal conversations amongst the participants.
Speakers on 12 July Session
Daphne Dragona | Weather Engines
Daphne Dragona is an independent curator and writer based in Berlin. In her work she addresses issues such as the ambiguities of connectivity, the challenges of the commons, and the role of technology in times of climate crisis. Her exhibitions have been hosted at the real or virtual premises of Onassis Stegi, LABoral, Aksioma, EMST (National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens), Akademie Schloss Solitude and other institutions. Articles of hers have been published in various books, journals, magazines, and exhibition catalogs by the likes of Springer, Sternberg Press, and Leonardo Electronic Almanac. Dragona was part of the core curatorial team of the transmediale festival between 2015-2019. She holds a PhD from the Faculty of Communication & Media Studies of the University of Athens.
In the Colloquium Daphne Dragona will talk about her current research on sustainable forms of cultural production, and the recent exhibition Weather Engines that she co-curated with Jussi Parikka.
WhiteFeather Hunter | Blood Magic in Biotech
WhiteFeather Hunter is a multiple award-winning Canadian artist and scholar. She is a PhD candidate in Biological Art at SymbioticA/ The University of Western Australia, supported by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Australian Government International RTP Scholarship and UWA International Postgraduate Scholarship. Before commencing her PhD, Hunter was a founding member and Principal Investigator of the Speculative Life BioLab at Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia University. Hunter’s practice intersects technofeminist witchcraft and biotechnologies with performance, new media, and craft. Her current research was featured by Sigma/ Merck for International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2021. www.whitefeatherhunter.net
In the Colloquium WhiteFeather Hunter will present her current research project, entitled Blood Magic in Biotech.