Workshop with Sarah Hermanutz, India Mansour and Fara Peluso
May, 2019, 1-6PM
Art Laboratory Berlin
workshop will research the diversity of invisible life in the Panke
River. Choosing a site along the river in Berlin-Wedding artists
Fara Peluso and Sarah Hermanutz and microbiologist India Mansour
will show participants how to investigate the microbial life and
ecologies of an urban waterway. The workshop will explore the river
and floodplain as microbial habitats, with special emphasis on water,
sediment and soil along the riverbanks. The workshop will explore
the river and floodplain as microbial habitats, with special emphasis
on water, sediment and soil along the riverbanks. Microbial community
characteristics, interactions with the environment, and nutrient
cycles will be discussed and examples sought out.
Participants will test the water for signs of a possible Algal bloom
in the coming summer, seek out life through microscopy and build
their own Winogradsky columns, which can visualise bacteria and
algae, from Panke mud. These will later bloom into rich visual and
Sarah Hermanutz is a visual artist working at the intersections
of performance, technology, and ecology. Her sculptures, installations,
and performance experiments are preoccupied with wetlands, amphibious
creatures, and the mysteries of social cognition. Her artistic research
takes place in Berlin at Lacuna Lab, an art and technology collective
she co-founded in 2015, and in the media arts department of Bauhaus
Dr. India Mansour researches microbial community structure
and function in rivers and soils as a postdoc at the Free University,
Berlin - Plant Ecology. She is currently focused on the emerging
theoretical framework of community coalescence, which investigates
the dynamics that occur when previously distinct microbial communities
collide in space. She attained a joint PhD in River Science from
Free University - Berlin and Queen Mary University in London.
Artist designer Fara Peluso's long-term research focuses
on potential uses for algae as an environmental regulator, source
for sustainable materials, and aesthetic catalyser of biophilia.
Her research and practice combine working with biotechnologists
and DIY scientists with speculative and critical design to produce
a myriad of innovative design and artistic solutions.
DIY Hack the Panke is a collective of artists, scientists
and curators exploring the rich historical and ecological heritage
of the Panke River in Mitte, Wedding and Pankow. Based at Art Laboratory
Berlin, we thank Panke e.V. for their cooperation in this workshop
and the Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur Bezirksamt Mitte and the Bezirkskulturfonds
for their generous support of our 2019 public programme.
event invites a wide public without special knowledge and is organised
together with DIY
Hack the Panke.
Supported by the Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur Bezirksamt Mitte and