IN-PROGRESS… | COLLOQUIUM
Research in Art, Science and Humanities
With Margherita Pevere and Dolores Steinman
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 20 September it will be entirely 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 20 September Session
Margherita Pevere | Vulnerable Materials across Environment and Embodiment
Margherita Pevere is an internationally acknowledged artist and researcher working across biological arts and performance with a distinctive visceral signature. Her practice hybridizes biotechnology, ecology, queer and death studies to create arresting installations and performances that trail today’s ecological complexity. Her body of work is a blooming garden crawling with genetically edited bacteria, cells, sex hormones, microbial biofilm, blood, slugs, growing plants and decomposing remains. With Marco Donnarumma and Andrea Familari, she co-founded the artists’ group Fronte Vacuo. She is member of the Finnish Bioart Society, of The Queer Death Studies Network and of The Posthumanities Hub. Margherita has been part of various series, conferences and exhibition at Art Laboratory Berlin, such as the Nonhuman Agents (2017) or the The Camille Diaries. New Artistic Positions on M/Otherhood, Life and Care (2020). www.margheritapevere.com, https://frontevacuo.com
In the Colloquium Margherita will talk about her work with vulnerable materials across environment and embodiment.
Dolores Steinman | Altered Emotive Memory through Interactions and Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Dr. Dolores Steinman was trained as a Pediatrician and, upon relocating to Canada, obtained her PhD in Cell Biology. Currently she is a retired Senior Research Associate in the Biomedical Simulation Laboratory, University of Toronto (UofT), and was part of an interdisciplinary team, also affiliated with the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU). Following her training in the Visual Arts Department at Western University (London, ON), she also volunteered Docent at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). In her new research, as part of the A.R.E. artist collective, Dolores is searching new ways of communicating to and with the patient through introspection, subjective examination of the post-pandemic state-of-mind and the role played by art in the ever-evolving circumstances in which we find ourselves. https://are-research.com
In the Colloquium Dolores will talk about a project in progress connected to A.R.E., relating to the many intricate ways in which emotive memory can alter and be altered through interactions and interdisciplinary collaboration (another project deals with death from the most mundane to the scientific, through myth, tradition and connection with the ancestral past).