Events

Event | Colloquium, Colloquium, Colloquium

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 | Uncategorized

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 | Performance, Performance

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

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 | Uncategorized

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 | Conference, Conference

Nonhuman Agents in art, culture and theory

  1. Interdisciplinary Conference
24 - 26 November 2017

The conference takes into account recent philosophical approaches which question anthropocentrism. We will redefine intelligence (human, animal and plant intelligence), agency and sentience. Exhibiting artists as well as scholars from humanities and science will debate together.

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Event | Uncategorized

Nonhuman Agents

  1. ill-at-ease seep
  2. Sarah Hermanutz
28 October 2017

In her lecture the artist Sarah Hermanutz discussed the relationship between humans and wetlands, which is the focus in her long-term artistic research. Wetlands are one of the most biologically diverse and important ecosystems for life on earth, but within the past century..

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Event | Uncategorized

Nonhuman Agents

  1. Swarm | Cell | City
  2. Heather Barnett + plan b (Sophia New & Daniel Belasco Rogers)
23 - 24 September 2017

This workshop is a participatory experiment on art, performance and biology that precedes the exhibition Nonhuman Networks. The project invites the participants to view the city of Berlin by the nonhuman perspectives of the intelligent single-cell organism, the slime mould.

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Event | Walk & Talk

Nonhuman Agents

  1. The forestal psyche
  2. Theresa Schubert
25 - 26 August 2017

This lecture and workshop are based on the artist’s long-term artistic research project on living organisms as an artistic material and medium. For this project, Schubert dedicates herself to the potential of slime moulds, mosses and lichens from the forests around Berlin.

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Event | Uncategorized

Nonhuman Agents

  1. Anatomy of an inter-connected system
  2. Margherita Pevere
15 July 2017

Starting point is the artist’s research at the junction of visual arts, theoretical inquiry and investigation of biological processes, focusing on the discourses regarding human-nature relationship in the frame of today’s environmental crisis and how artistic practices…

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

Cellf

  1. Technosphärenklänge #3
  2. Guy Ben-Ary
  3. Presse Feedback
12 - 13 May 2017

In the work cellF human neurons living in a Petri dish perform duets with human musicians: These are grown into a culture of 100,000 living neurons. Lined with electrodes, these neurons form output via an analog synthesizer, cellF, allowing them to “jam” with human musicians.

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Event | Uncategorized

Guy Ben-Ary

  1. Artist Talk
5 May 2017

In his talk Guy Ben-Ary will present some of the methodologies and theories that underpin his artistic practice by using as examples, four of his major projects completed over the last decade: MEART, The Silent Barrage, In-Potentia, and CellF

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Event | Workshop

DIYBio NOW

  1. DIYBio faire
  2. Biotinkering e.V.
17 - 19 February 2017

The three-day bio-fair brings together the players in the Berlin biohacking scene for a series of hands-on workshops, talks and a special exhibition featuring unique DIY laboratory equipment.

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

SciArt Café

  1. with BIOMOD and iGEM Team Berlin
29 January 2017

The iGEM Berlin team (http://igem.berlin/) presents their fifth SciArt Café. Under the main theme of “Synthetic Biology – a toolkit for solving humanity’s problems” we will hear scientists and artists working with bioscience and afterwards discuss topics of synthetic biology.

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Event | Uncategorized

Nonhuman Subjectivities

  1. Living Systems | Aquatic Systems
  2. Robertina Šebjanič, Kat Austen, Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz
18 September 2016

In this seminar we want to invite you to theoretically explore these and other aspects about artistic and scientific methodologies on interspecies empathy and human-nonhuman companionship.

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Event | Course, Meet up, Workshop

Bio & Beers

  1. with Biotinkering e.V.
  2. Dr. Mirela Alister, Rüdiger Trojok, Alessandro Volpato and Biotinkering e.V.
25 August 2016 - 20 April 2017

The Bio & Beers format is for everyone: we start with a 20 minutes presentation, followed by discussions while having beers. In addition there will be occasional DIY workshops!

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Event | Uncategorized

Nonhuman Subjectivities

  1. Interdisciplinary Dialogs in the Sciences and Humanities
  2. Antonia Ulrich and Marie Neuwald
17 July 2016

For the closing event of the exhibition On Animals. Cognition, Senses, Play we are pleased to invite you to an interdisciplinary dialog with philosopher Antonia Ulrich and Marie Neuwald from NABU.

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Event | Uncategorized

There be Dragons

  1. Human Impact on the environmentally sensitive Galapagos and Lord Howe Islands
  2. Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger
22 May 2016

In the Age of the Anthropocene, this talk will explore how humans impact on our world both by their presence and indirectly by their lifestyle. This is a science-art investigation of tourism and its effects on closed eco systems.

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Event | Performance

Nonhuman Subjectivities

  1. 1000 Handshakes
  2. François-Joseph Lapointe
3 / 5 February 2016

As part of the opening of the 2016 transmediale festival of art & digital culture at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Art Laboratory Berlin will present the performance 1000 Handshakes by and with François-Joseph Lapointe.

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