Read MoreThe project Mind the Fungi is a Citizen Science STEAM research project, which resulted from the cooperation of the Departments of Applied and Molecular Microbiology and Bioprocess Engineering of the TU Berlin and the art and research platform Art Laboratory Berlin. The scientific and artistic paths in the project Mind the Fungi, which we followed together with the public from 2018 to 2020, including the Art & Design Residencies, can now be traced in text and images in this book. It was intended to provide citizens with an opportunity for scientific collaboration in fungal biotechnology.
In her academic paper “The Concept of Nonhuman Subjectivities. Current artistic practice in posthumanism” Regine Rapp introduces the concept of Nonhuman Subjectivities by means of selected current artistic positions that place nonhuman organisms – animals, plants, fungi – at the centre of their work. The authors of this volume show the role of mimesis as imitation of nature in design. The contributions address topics as diverse as the design of virtual spaces in computer games, the sustainable production and disposal of clothing, and the imitation of animals and their behaviour in contemporary performance art.
Machine-organisms, organic machines: The dissolution of the boundaries between bodies and mechanics is on its way to normality – sentient prostheses, neuroimplants, neuroenhancement – posthumanism. The extinction of species is to be compensated by synthetic and mechanical organisms. How are these developments thought through artistically? What threats and promises are emerging? 41 artistic positions from 15 countries provide critical to visionary templates for the fields. This volume provides groundbreaking positions from apparative art, bioart (art that incorporates living organisms or cultures), and other approaches.