Swarms, Robots and Postnature
Artist Talk | Käthe Wenzel
The exhibition project presents research based artistic positions on swarm behaviour, questioning the traditional concept of “nature” and explores the interface of the biological and the machine. As part of our online program the exhibiting artist Käthe Wenzel will give an insight in her artistic research and practice.
Käthe Wenzel has created interfaces between the biological and the machine in her project Bone Bots. These hybrid electronic animals, robots made from animal bones, blur traditional categories of “technology” and “nature” as they are based on experiments from synthetic biology and represent semi-living machines. Wenzel’s Bone Costumes thematise the mass consumption of living beings and the daily killing of animal bodies and the standardized forms into which we try to squeeze our own bodies. The works emerged from research into historical corset techniques and in connection with modern fashion technologies; they have developed into exoskeletons: half organic and half mechanical apocalyptic outfits.
Related to the exhibition SWARM, ROBOTS AND POSTNATURE
30 April 2021, 8 pm – Virtual Vernissage at https://www.facebook.com/ArtLaboratoryBerlin
6 May 2021, 8 pm – Online artist talk with So Kanno
20 May 2021, 8 pm – Online artist talk with Käthe Wenzel
3 June 2021, 8 pm – Online artist talk with Sofia Crespo (online venue TBA)