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Nonhuman Agents

The forestal psyche

Theresa Schubert

Lecture & Workshop

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. Slime moulds are the largest known single-cells organisms and live from decaying matter on the forest floor. Certain mosses and lichens are natural remedies as well as indicators of good air quality. Apart from a scientific approach, forests have always been places of myths, legends and fantasies. How can you combine imagination and biotechnology in an artistic project? Can one “demystify” hard science by interpreting it creatively?

The artist Theresa Schubert gives a lecture on the first evening (26 August), which introduces her work and the subject in particular. On the following day (27 August) the public is invited to a workshop. This begins with an excursion to the area surrounding Berlin. The goal is to find, in the natural forest habitat, organisms that Schubert has used in her art. The use of field microscopes enables an initial analysis directly on site. Particularly interesting specimens will be collected, examined and classified using biotechnological methods. Schubert will demonstrate a Bio-interface that communicates with the organisms and sends data to computers. This makes a later artistic evaluation and implementation possible visually and audibly. This workshop is for both adults and children.

The Berlin-based artist Theresa Schubert researches the interface of art, biology and technology. She studied media art at the Bauhaus-University, Weimar. In her artistic practice, she combines variable media with works that manifest themselves aesthetically in audiovisual installations, photographs or works on paper. Her work treats phenomena of nature not only as inspiration but as material and critical process.


Art Laboratory Berlin
Prinzenallee 34, 13359 Berlin
and Briesetal, Brandenburg

Date and time

25 August, 2017, 7 – 9pm (Lecture)
26 August 2017, 10am – 6pm (Excursion)


Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz


Regine Rapp, Christian de Lutz, Bilge Hasdemir, Florence Razoux, Anne Schreiber, Utpala Sharma

Photo documentation

Tim Deussen

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