and Science talk with C-LAB and Rüdiger Trojok
August, 3 PM
CLAB, The Living Mirror, 2013
Laboratory Berlin would like to invite you to an artist talk with
the artist collective C-LAB (UK) and the biohacker Rüdiger
Trojok (Berlin) presented by Desiree Förster and
Daniela Silvestrin on 24 August from 3 PM.
is a London based artist collective, founded by the two artists
and scientists Laura Cinti and Howard Boland, that
is dealing critically with contemporary intersections and cross-fertilisation
of art, science, and technology. The work of Cinti and Boland focuses
on the examination and exploration of the implications, properties
and peculiarities of all which is or regards organic and synthetic
life. This being their incentive, they want to create a platform
that is open for both artistic and scientific reflection and discourse.
In their most recent experimental art projects, C-LAB developed
a variety of genetic constructs that led to new kinds of behavior
of e.coli bacteria; the scientists thereby explored the possibilities
of synthetic biology and techniques of genetic engineering in an
art context (e.g. in artworks such as kate, katEred, Stressostat
or Banana Bacteria).
Also the DIY scene has started to experiment with biology on a molecular
level in private homes. The technologies and chemicals that they
use are usually being acquired through the internet, just like the
theoretical background knowledge and the working instructions. This
growing community meets in online forums or festivals, and is connected
worldwide. The movement is creating both fascination and discomfort,
the potential misuse of modern biotechnologies is creating fears
in times of repeated warnings of pandemics through viruses such
as SARS or H5N1. At the same time this democratization of technologies
and knowledge can lead to new impulses for the sciences as well
as enhance public debate and consciousness.
After the peek into C-LAB's art practice the Berlin-based biohacker
Rüdiger Trojok will give a presentation of the do-it-yourself
biohacking scene and the possibilities and limits of bringing biotechnologies
into private spaces.
In a following discussion round these different perspectives and
areas of knowledge will be combined and confronted, which will give
the possibility for exchange, discussion and imagination with regard
to the ethical and aesthetic examination of art on the intersection
with science and research.
Rüdiger Trojok: http://www.openbioprojects.net/1801.html