Events

Event | Uncategorized

IN-PROGRESS… | COLLOQUIUM

  1. Research in Art, Science and Humanities
  2. With Daphne Dragona and WhiteFeather Hunter
12 July 2022

The Colloquium 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.

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Event | Performance, Performance

HACKERS, MAKERS, THINKERS

  1. Holobiont: Relics from the Revolution | Cyanotoxic Romance
  2. Performance | Cammack Lindsey, featuring Hanita Firoozmand
7 July 2022

This performance is a continuation of Holobiont: Relics from the Revolution, which is currently shown in the group exhibition Hackers, Makers, Thinkers at Art Laboratory Berlin. The performance features excerpts of compositions from Cyanotoxic Romance, a multi-species musical theater piece centered on love and relationships in times of precarity that further imagines the symbiosis between an intersectional working class and toxic cyanobacteria (known as blue-green algae) in the midst of revolution.

The music composition accompanies the story in envisioning how cyanobacteria and humans could musically expand together symbiotically. Investigating interdisciplinary musical pathways for algorithmic computer music, natural patterns from data of cyanobaceria’s subvisible world are sonifed and interwoven within a shared narrative from a proletarian queer-feminist perspective urging for alternatively prolific closeness and intimacy between humans and nature.

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Event | Reading Club, Reading Club

Inspired by…

  1. Reading Club
  2. With Guest Artist Tina Ribarits
28 June 2022

Inspired by… is an event series, a hybrid format derived from reading group and artist talk formats. In each session, an invited artist will choose a specific text or excerpt from a book that was inspirational for the artist’s practice and/or a particular project that the artist will introduce.

The project follows up Tuçe Erel’s Posthumanism Reading Group, organized between 2018-2020. After co-reading and discussing plenty of seminal texts in two years, the club is transforming into a new discussion, presentation and reading program, an online and offline exchange platform in a non-hierarchical and non-institutional infrastructure in the fields of arts, science and technology.

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Event | Uncategorized

HACKERS, MAKERS, THINKERS

  1. Virophilia
  2. Performance | Pei-Ying Ling + Soydivision
11 June 2022

What if viruses are used in cuisines? Project Virophilia collaborates with Soydivision to present you the most intimate relationship we can have with viruses – by digesting them. This performance is the experiential version of project Virophilia, which explores the futuristic possibilities of using viruses in culinary experiences. When we no longer think about viruses only on their pathogenic characteristics but also that viruses have other relationships with their hosts, could we open up a whole new relationship with them?

By participating in the event, you will be invited to join an experiment of alternative perspectives through eating, drinking, and storytelling. You will be challenged to eat the viruses and their byproducts, use ‘the inner surface of your body’ to experience the changes viruses may bring. It will also be a good place for you to talk about viruses that are not COVID. Let us embrace our ancestral viral partners and enjoy the possibilities they bring.

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Event | Colloquium, Colloquium, Colloquium

IN-PROGRESS… | COLLOQUIUM

  1. Research in Art, Science and Humanities
  2. With Daniela Silvestrin and Susanne Schmitt
7 June 2022

The Colloquium 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.

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Event | Uncategorized

HACKERS, MAKERS, THINKERS

  1. Seokkeodungdung: Doing “Social Fermentation” 
  2. Workshop | Rice Brewing Sisters Club (RBSC)
4 June 2022

The workshop is an invitation to get a theoretical and practical insight into the artistic practice and research of South-Korean artist collective RICE BREWING SISTERS CLUB (RBSC). Central to their work is the approach of “social fermentation” which they will explore with the participants. In the workshop the RBSC will focus on their new art project TERRESTRIAL-CELESTIAL, which was produced during their current residency in Berlin (since April 2022 – ongoing) in connection with Berlin community gardens and gardeners.

During an introduction the artists will show their project that works as a culturing home for microorganisms collected from rice, soil, and human hands. They will also explain their approach of “seokkeodungdung,” a socio-microbial experiment of mixing, floating, caring, and situating “in the field.” The RBSC will give an insight in how social fermentation enables us to be grounded in the earth we live in, while traversing boundaries between migration, localization, and indigeneity in Berlin here and now. Next to an introduction of their artistic practice and in particular of the new project the RBSC will invite the participants to actively take part in certain parts of their fermenting practice related to TERRESTRIAL-CELESTIAL.

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Event | Conference

HACKERS, MAKERS, THINKERS

  1. Collective Experiments in Social Fermenting
  2. International Conference (hybrid | on-site and livestream)
27 - 28 May 2022

The project Hacking, Making, Thinking proposes that Doing it With Others (DIWO) can be a way of rebuilding and re-energizing damaged social relations after the pandemic. The international conference includes presentations by artists, currently on show at ALB, and guest speakers from the artistic and curatorial practice, design, biology and anthropology. The talks critically elaborate on various artistic approaches towards (agri)culture, farming and social fermentation. A special emphasis will also have a viral discourse in connection with food and performance. The discussion will then evolve around the phenomenon of symbiosis, discussing cyanobacteria and biopolitics, including various approaches of hacking. Speakers additionally reflect critically on culture-political, post-colonial and sound-related phenomena related to khipu, human-computing, open AI as well as sound art and noise.

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Event | Uncategorized

HACKERS, MAKERS, THINKERS

  1. Soya C(o)u(l)ture. Ecoprints on Bioleather
  2. Workshop | Irene Agrivina
28 May 2022

The Indonesian collective XXlab is an exclusively female staff composed of designers, artists and programmers, including Irene Agrivina. With SOYA C(O)U(L)TURE the collective want to combat water pollution and poverty in Indonesia by taking advantage of an innovative process, which takes the toxic residues and polluted water that are by-products of Indonesia’s intensive soy production and utilizes them as inputs for manufacturing edible cellulose as well as bio-fuel and biologically tanned leather.

In a do-it-yourself fashion, anyone can get busy in their kitchen at home. In the workshop Irene will talk about the process, show samples and then lead the participants in making their very own eco-prints using easily available materials such as flowers and leaves. Participants will get the opportunity to print on SOYA C(O)U(L)TURE, a bio leather derived from the by-product of soy production. This is a BYOF workshop: Bring your own flowers.

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Event | Uncategorized

HACKERS, MAKERS, THINKERS

  1. Khipu Dialogues
  2. Workshop | Constanza Piña Pardo
25 May 2022

In the workshop, Constanza will present her artistic research on khipu that began in 2013, which resulted in a textile electromagnetic sound installation, a website, an artist book and several workshops. We will review its references as well as the relationship of the Inca khipus with other ancestral computation and writing systems such as the yupana, the tocapus, Püron/Pron mapuche and the signs of the Inca khipu in relation to the binary code.

In the second part of the workshop, we will connect the contemporary with the ancient: Coming from Constanza’s khipu project, we will visit several original khipus in the archives of the Ethnological Museum in Berlin-Dahlem. This visit can be understood as a ritual of connection with ancient technologies of South America.

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Event | Workshop, Workshop, Workshop, Workshop

Hackers, Makers, Thinkers

  1. Almost Nonhuman (Berlin)
  2. Workshop | Interspecifics
7 - 8 May, 2022

Interspecifics and Art Laboratory Berlin are proud to present a gathering for the collective creation of speculative post-humanist scenarios and build stories together that may assist our transition from the Anthropocene to the transversal inclusivity of the Symbiocene. For this workshop – as part of the project series Hackers, Makers, Thinkers – we have designed a hybrid design thinking strategy via a collection of narrative techniques, drawing from more-than-human theories, Speculative Fabulation, and Cyberpunk to help us reframe human-nature relationships through a non-anthropocentric envisioning of better futures. To see beyond human rationality, dissolve binary or oppositional categories that elevate ‘people’ above ‘nature’ and recognize the agencies, and dependencies, of a range of living and non-living non-human actors (Maller 2019). We invite the Berlin community of visual artists, storytellers, independent researchers, and sci-fi and DIY bio enthusiasts to combine bio sampling, microscopic photography, storytelling, and generative image programming.

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Event | Reading Club

Inspired By…

  1. Reading Club
  2. With Guest Artists Rice Brewing Sisters Club (RBSC)
3 May 2022

Inspired by… is an event series, a hybrid format derived from reading group and artist talk formats. In each session, an invited artist will choose a specific text or excerpt from a book that was inspirational for the artist’s practice and/or a particular project that the artist will introduce.

The project follows up Tuçe Erel’s Posthumanism Reading Group, organized between 2018-2020. After co-reading and discussing plenty of seminal texts in two years, the club is transforming into a new discussion, presentation and reading program, an online and offline exchange platform in a non-hierarchical and non-institutional infrastructure in the fields of arts, science and technology.

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Event | Uncategorized

In Progress… | Colloquium

  1. Research in Art, Science and Humanities
  2. With Fara Peluso and James Whitehead
12 April 2022

The Colloquium 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.

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Event | Reading Club

Inspired by…

  1. Reading Club
  2. With Guest Artist Cammack Lindsey
22 March, 2022

Inspired by… is an event series, a hybrid format derived from reading group and artist talk formats. In each session, an invited artist will choose a specific text or excerpt from a book that was inspirational for the artist’s practice and/or a particular project that the artist will introduce.

The project follows up Tuçe Erel’s Posthumanism Reading Group, organized between 2018-2020. After co-reading and discussing plenty of seminal texts in two years, the club is transforming into a new discussion, presentation and reading program, an online and offline exchange platform in a non-hierarchical and non-institutional infrastructure in the fields of arts, science and technology.

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Event | Colloquium

In Progress… | Colloquium

  1. Research in Art, Science and Humanities
  2. With Kat Austen and Alison Sperling
1 March 2022

The Colloquium 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.

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Event | Talk

Controlling_ Connectivity

  1. Ten Years After
  2. Artists Talk | Gretta Louw, Igor Štromajer
8 February 2022

In context of Vorspiel | transmediale 2022 Art Laboratory Berlin welcomes you to an online-conversation with artists Gretta Louw and Igor Štromajer based on Louw’s radical 10 day online performance at ALB in 2011.

In November 2011, Gretta Louw performed Controlling_Connectivity, a 240-hour durational online intervention, in which — in the blacked out, locked gallery space of Art Laboratory Berlin — she made herself available around the clock for contact via the internet. During the performance, Net art pioneer and online performance artist Igor Štromajer became involved via Twitter. It was during the course of the performance that the two artists, from different generations of digital art, began a fascinating dialogue about the nature and boundaries of online relationship-building.

This January 2022 – ten years later – we have invited Gretta and Igor to return and discuss online performance, virtual worlds and their past and current work.

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Archive

Event | Uncategorized

VIRAL CLOUD | Berlin Tokyo

  1. Hybrid Arts and DIY Bio Cultures
  2. Heather Barnett
22 December 2020

Since spring 2020 ALB and BioClub Tokyo have been arranging online meetings between hybrid artists and associates in our respective cities and beyond. Meeting #11 features Heather Barnett on her art and science practice, recent collaborations in Japan, and new projects.

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Event | Uncategorized

VIRAL CLOUD | Berlin Tokyo

  1. Hybrid Arts and DIY Bio Cultures
  2. Walter Waldman
25 November 2020

Since spring 2020 ALB and BioClub Tokyo have been arranging online meetings between hybrid artists and associates in our respective cities and beyond. Meeting #11 features Walter Waldman presenting his research on microplastics and ideas for cooperation across disciplines.

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Event | Talkshow

Feminist SF

  1. Visions of M/otherhood & Reproduction
  2. Isabel de Sena
August - October 2020

This event series as a live Talk Show format pays tribute to the powerful alternative images of mothering we’ve inherited through the pioneering work of feminist Sci-Fi writers, most notably regarding their defiance of conventions on (technological) reproduction.

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Event | Conference

THE CAMILLE DIARIES Symposium

  1. Current Artistic Positions on M/otherhood, Life and Care
26 September 2020

The symposium discusses current conditions of our world (environmental changes, gender aspects, biopolitics), an ‘aesthetics of care’ as the basis for inter-species coexistence. The conference brings the exhibiting artists together with researchers from the humanities and natural sciences.

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Event | Uncategorized

A Future for Food

  1. Discussion and Livestream
  2. Amy Youngs | Ken Rinaldo | Anna Paltseva | Daniel Lammel | Regine Rapp | Christian de Lutz
4 June 2020

Can we break away from agricultural practices which are intimately connected to desertification, water and soil pollution, antibiotic resistance, climate change and social and economic inequalities? This discussion considers a sustainable, multispecies perspective to farming.

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Event | Uncategorized

Mind the Fungi

  1. Material Driven Design | Workshop
  2. Fara Peluso
6 May 2020

Based on material driven design methodologies Fara Peluso in this workshop explores possibilities and limits of mycelium-based materials. The participants discuss and work together on growing material, building sculptures, and drawing and cutting patterns on a new material made of biofilm.

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Event | Uncategorized

DIY Hack the Panke

  1. Microplastics and Coexistence | Online Workshop Discussion
  2. Kat Austen and Joana MacLean
22 April 2020

Central to the discussion is the coexistence of microplastics in the environment. Approaching the plastisphere as artists, chemists and biologists, trees and bacteria, humans and particles, we will negotiate together a plan of coexistence with microplastics on this planet.

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Event | Visit

Mind the Fungi

  1. Open Lab Night | Bioprocess Engineering
21 January 2020

Scientists will give an insight into the world of lichens and their potential for new natural products is presented. Afterwards, production tools, in particular bioreactors, that are used to reproduce the lichen cultures and their valuable materials, will be presented.

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Event | Performance, Performance, Performance

The Lumenses Project

  1. Florence Razoux
5 January 2020

Artist and scientist Florence Razoux will be presenting the Lumenses Project, a series of creative initiatives that offers a new perspective on menstruation and examine how the taboo that surrounds menstruation impacts society, and especially the biomedical research.

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Event | Course, Course, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk

DIY Hack the Panke

  1. Science by Doing
  2. With students from the Gustav-Freytag Schule
February - December 2019

The project offered the pupils of the Gustav-Freytag-Schule a wide range of events about the river Panke. Through workshops and visits the art science collective DIY Hack the Panke made it possible for students to artistically explore biology, chemistry, design and ecology.

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Event | Uncategorized

Symbiosis in intra-flux of the Anthropocene

  1. Project Presentation
  2. Saša Spačal
29 November 2019

For the month of November 2019 bio media artist Saša Spačal undertook artistic research at the Rillig Group, Ecology of Plants, Institute of Biology, FU Berlin, addressing pressing societal and environmental issues such as climate crisis and plastic pollution.

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Event | Walk & Talk

Mind the Fungi

  1. Walk & Talks
  2. Theresa Schubert and TU Berlin
Autumn 2018 and 2019

In the Walk & Talks artist Theresa Schubert and biotechnologists from TU Berlin explore with public groups the potential of sustainable biomaterials from fungi in the forests of Berlin and Brandenburg. After collecting tree fungi, the public is invited to the TUB lab to cultivate them.

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Event | Course

Mind the Fungi

  1. Mushroom Cultivation Courses | TOP Lab
Spring 2019 and Autumn 2019

TOP Lab will host a mushroom cultivation course where the participants will learn how to isolate and grow mushrooms for different purposes, such as packaging materials, furniture, building materials and even leather. The course will show how to set up a culture to grow edible mushrooms.

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Event | Workshop, Workshop, Workshop, Workshop, Workshop, Workshop

Local Area Network (LAN)

  1. Part of the project: Invisible Forces
  2. Martin Howse
13 October 2019

Local Area Network (LAN) open workshop is a collective, speculative investigation of local fields/particles, and energetic exchanges, towards the hacking and re-routing of energy flows and networks at all stacked levels of local geological, environmental and technological…

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Event | Uncategorized

DIY Hack the Panke

  1. Wasserpank | Workshop & Jam Session
  2. Kat Austen and Nenad Popov
5 October 2019

Artist and chemist Kat Austen together with sound and new media artist Nenad Popov take the Panke river and its water as a starting point for this exciting workshop on sound experimentation from water and the environment, experimenting with hydrophone recordings.

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