|Events 2007 - 2013:|
Viewing and Artist Talk
2009, Berlin. Actually, we had no doubt that he would be voted
out. But then the results were announced and Ahmadinejad was re-elected
president. It was a case of large scale election fraud, and while we were
here, torn between anger and disbelief, Tehran experienced the largest
mass protests since the fall of the Shah's regime. Suddenly there was
a spirit of optimism; for the first time, the population reacted openly
against the regime of the mullahs and exposed the rulers' illegitimacy
before the whole world. However, the system reacted harshly, and mercilessly
put down the uprising, causing many deaths and injuries.
This is how
the Tehran-born and Berlin-based artist and designer Nasim Manouchehrabadi
described the events following the Iranian presidential elections in 2009.
These are the major impetus for the development of her work "The
Power of Form, the Form of Power" which will be on view at Art Laboratory
Berlin from 25-27 October, 2013.
3 October, 2013 | Artist Talk
Talk with Pinar Yoldas
is a cross-disciplinary artist and researcher with a background in architecture,
interface design, computing and neuroscience. Her work investigates social
and cultural systems in regards to biological and ecological systems.
She is the 2013/14 resident at the Vilém Flusser Residency Programme
for Artistic Research, run by transmediale and the Berlin University of
the Arts (UdK).
September, 2013 |
August, 2013 |
Art and Science talk
talk with C-LAB and Rüdiger Trojok
Art 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.
C-LAB 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.
As a theoretical addition to our ongoing exhibition series SYNAESTHESIA (October 2012 - July 2013/ http://artlaboratory-berlin.org/home_eng.htm), Art Laboratory Berlin will hold an international interdisciplinary conference to further explore and theoretically question the field of multisensory perception.
The term "synaesthesia", from the Greek "aisthesis" ("Sensation", "sensory impression") and "syn" ("together") means the experience of two or more sensory impressions at the same time. Currently there is a strikingly strong interest in the coupling of the senses in science, humanities and in contemporary art. This should come as no surprise: Our daily life in recent years has been subject to ever more multimedia and multisensory experiences. Comparing the latest technologies in the field of communication we come upon the radical technological development during the last 25 years: music video (text, music, colour), computer (as "total" sensory object) and also newest multiple forms of mobile phones (not only used for calls, but as a photo camera, music player or text machine, etc.).
It is the aim of Art Laboratory Berlin to grasp the specific impulses of our current complex, synchronous and technologised society on the phenomenon of synaesthesia, with its distinctive form of sensory fluctuation. For the upcoming conference, we are interested in discussing issues from diverse scholarly fields - humanities, arts as well as natural and social sciences - regarding both historical positions and contemporary inquiries. We will reflect topics such as: synaesthesia and the neurological discourse (memory and cognition; sensory perception); synaesthesia - between perception and subjectivity; synaesthesia and language; synaesthetic modalities (grapheme synaesthesia; synaesthesia of smell, taste, touch, sound and vision); synaesthesia in art and cultural history (in visual art, literature and film); synaesthesia and the digital world (synaesthesia in the 21st century).
The Synaesthesia-Conference is open to the public and free of charge - donations are very welcome.
Concept: Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz, Art Laboratory Berlin
Opening and Performances
History of the Senses
& Carl Rowe // Banquet for Ultra Bankruptcy
10 March, 2013 | Artist Talk
talk with Madi Boyd
with the exhibition
25.1.2013, 8 PM
into the nature of Space and Perception are the basis of Art Laboratory
Berlin's second exhibition in the Synaesthesia series. Synaesthesia, the
experience of two or more sensory impressionsat the same time, is both
an artistic paradigm and neurological phenomenon. Two installations by
Madi Boyd and Carrie C Firman explore the connection between perception
and experience of mind and body from a synaesthetic point of view.
Art Laboratory Berlin Awarded Prize for Project Spaces
We are pleased to announce that Art Laboratory Berlin is one of the winners of the first Prize for Art Project Spaces and Initiatives in the Field of Visual Arts awarded by the Berlin Senate Office of Cultural Affairs.
The award honours the commitment and work of those operating project spaces and initiatives. "The award serves" according to the Senate Office of Cultural Affairs, "to support them, to secure the existing diversity and to make the activities of art project spaces and initiatives in Berlin more visible."
The prize ceremony takes place on 27 February, 2013 under the auspices of State Secretary André Schmitz
statement from Art Laboratory Berlin on the award can be found at:
7 December, 2012 | Conference
Art Laboratory Berlin at MutaMorphosis
Laboratory Berlin will present the series Time & Technology
at the international conference MutaMorphosis in Prague from December
Artist talk and workshop with Barbara Ryan
Part of the exhibition Synaesthesia / 1: The Orange Smell of November
The artist Barbara Ryans perceptions of the world are underpinned by her polymodal synaesthesia which in turn forms the foundation of her artistic work. She experiences her synaesthesia »as something that is in her parallel conscious as opposed to something that is in the subconscious creating a duality of vision«. Her installation That cant be September it smells like the August of 1985! combines in a unique way the artists intimate personal interconnecting relationship between scent, colour, time and space, played out within the city of Berlin, where she lived in the 1990s.
installation is a coded re-creation of her sense of space and time as
imbued with colour and odour. Using text, photography and self-manufactured
fragrances she re-maps the city according to the systematic guidelines
of her own synaesthesia. The viewer is then invited to explore and decode
the artist's unique phenomenological structures.
Screening and Presentation.
Transmigration in Artistic Practice is a screening and artist presentation of two projects by the Korean-American artist kate hers, whose works in performance, video and other media deal with issues of language and identity.
May, 2012 |
Musical Transpositions for the Reversing Machine
Cage and others adapted for the output of the Reversing Machine plus new
sound works by Sam Belinfante & Simon Lewandowski. In conjunction
with the exhibition Fantastic Time Machines and our current series Time
& Technology Belinfante & Lewandowski will perform a series of
sound works and actions using the Reversing Machine mechanism and attached
devices. (Information on the
exhibition Fantastic Time Machines)
Experiments with the Reversing Machine
with the artists Sam Belinfante & Simon Lewandowski
and experiments with the Reversing Machine. The artists will offer the
public a more intimate experience with their installation, including as
series of additional actions and interactions, explanation as an queries
into the nature of time and perception.
May, 2012 |
Gretta Louw, whose performance and exhibition Controlling Connectivity started off the current Time & Technology series will set up a live video link up between Art Laboratory Berlin and the Warnayaka Arts centre in Lajamanu, Australia, located in the remote central Australian desert.
Since March Louw has been taking part in a residency in Lajamanu teaching photography, video and new media to indigenous arts workers, as well as introducing them to online communication platforms. The culmination of this first program of new media training will be a real time link-up between Lajamanu and Berlin.
A live audience
in Berlin will view a simultaneous performance streamed out of Lajamanu,
captured by a number of webcams and presented as two large-format projections.
The event will incorporate an eclectic and innovative mix of traditional
dance and storytelling, as well as live VJing of documentation organised
by Louw. The event will also provide and encourage the possibility of
interaction and exchange between participants in both Berlin and Lajamanu.
March, 2012 | Artist Talk and Art Laboratory Berlin's 5th Birthday!
are pleased to invite you to an artist talk with Shlomit Lehavi on Friday
, March 30, 2012 at 8 pm at Art Laboratory Berlin (Prinzenallee 34, Berlin-Wedding).
same evening we are celebrating the 5th anniversary of Art Laboratory
24 February, 2012 | Tour through the exhibition with the artists
b (Sophia New & Daniel Belasco Rogers): Navigating the Everyday
27 January 2012, 8PM
14 January, 2012 | Tour of the exhibition and Artists' Talk
Art Practices on Time and Technology
25 November 2011-14 January 2012 | Performance and exhibition
2012 3.30PM: Tour of the exhibition and Artists' talk with Gretta
generous support of:
30 September, 2011 | Book Release Party
VISIONS NYC by Bärbel Möllmann
of the ongoing show VISIONS NYC afterthoughts, Art Laboratory
Berlin is pleased to invite you to the
purchase of the book on 30 September, 2011 the buyer will also receive
and original print from the photo book (30 x 50 cm)
1 May 2011
Round Table Discussion
in Dialog: Al Fadhil & Aissa Deebi
Round Table Discussion Al Tahrir: The Day After, 1 May, 2011, 3PM
On May 1,
2011 at 3PM, in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition My Dreams Have
Destroyed My Life. Some Thoughts on Pain there
will be a round table discussion on the cultural and political changes
taking place in the Middle East in the wake of the current wave of protests.
The artists Aissa Deebi, who teaches at the American University in Cairo,
and Al Fadhil will be joined by Munira Khayyat (Anthropologist), Heiko
Wimmen (Political Scientist) and Christian de Lutz (who will be the moderator)
An occasion in which all the artist books of Sol LeWitt are gathered into one exhibition invites further study. As we have done in previous exhibitions Art Laboratory Berlin would like to bring together artistic practice and scholarly debate, in this case in the form of a symposium. The complex nature of Sol LeWitt's artists' books specifically calls for examination by a variety of disciplines.
with a survey of the concept and the conceptual in LeWitt's work, continuing
with a reflection on the medium of the book and the problem of authorship,
the initial contributions will sketch LeWitt's art from art historical
and literary perspectives. Additionally, contributions from the philosophy
of art, musicology and mathematics will reflect on space and time, the
question of a possible terminology and the phenomenon of serial geometric
forms. Similarly, LeWitt's aesthetic production and his relationship to
graphic design will be discussed. Finally, contributions from an artistic
perspective as well as those of friends and collectors will illuminate
practical and theoretical aspects of LeWitt's artistic work.
- 28 November, 2010 |
Exhibition and Special Event
Alex Toland and Myriel Milicevic both work on the border between art and life and environmental sciences. Toland considers the project 'habitat hacking' and Milicevic describes the project as 'reconstructing cross-species life worlds'. Together they have chosen the immediate area around Art Laboratory Berlin (the Soldiner Kiez) as a place to investigate interactions between the local human population and urban flora and fauna. The exhibition space will function as a laboratory for mapping, sketching, modelling and prototyping. Wunschgarten is a series of dialogues: between the artists and the local community, between city dwellers and nature, between urban planning and urban wilderness.
As cities creep further into wild landscapes, the wild moves into cities. Urban habitats are places where plants and animals take up residence alongside people. Too often though, space for nature is sealed off by concrete constructions, resulting in a marked divide between the space occupied by humans and the rest of the biotic community. The Wunschgarten is an exploration of the city's wild features and creatures, and a vision of utopian measures that reach beyond existing mitigation schemes and municipal green-space planning. The city becomes a garden of unexpected edible opportunities and ideas to incubate and explode.
The artists encourage local inhabitants (and other visitors) to take part in the project. From the gallery space the participants can depart on a series of walks, contribute their own ideas and sketches, and in turn use the Wunschgarten as a springboard for further investigations or offshoots such as urban gardening projects, recordings of urban fauna, or evolutionary architecture and experiments in wild urban societies.
these possibilities in a more concentrated setting, there will be a workshop
on September 4 led by the artists to discuss and investigate, create and
formulate, construct and co-inhabit the Wunschgarten and its wild urban
1 July, 2010 | Talk and Film Screening
Art Laboratory Berlin is pleased to present a collection of documentary films about artworks recently created using the latest twenty-first century technologies: artificial life, robotics, bio and genetic engineering. The screening has been organized by the curator and artist Dmitry Bulatov in conjunction with the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad branch, Russia).
The films document artworks whose medium is living or lifelike matter, and the properties of living organisms and technologically reproduced artefacts are combined to produce the method. Art created under these new conditions of post-biology - that is, under conditions of artificially generated life - cannot avoid making this artificiality its explicit theme. We are thus again confronted with the question of the relationship between art and life in a completely new context defined by biological and abiological creations, works, and beings.
This collection is the first comprehensive overview of the current stage of contemporary techno-biological art. It provides a panorama of artistic strategies for granting and withdrawing the gift of authenticity. The analysis of these strategies opens up new possibilities for creative production and cultural commentary. In 2009 the Evolution Haute Couture project won the National Innovation Prize (Moscow, Russia), awarded annually for achievements in contemporary visual arts.
screening also coincides with the first volume of the anthology Evolution
Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age. Edited
by Dmitry Bulatov. Book plus two DVD-ROMs collection (45 video documentaries),
KB NCCA, Kaliningrad, 2009. (ISBN: 978-5-94620-054-7). This publication
is supported by The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, The
Ford Foundation (The Moscow Office, Russia), The Dynasty Foundation (Moscow).
Web site: www.videodoc.ncca-kaliningrad.ru/eng/
March, 2010 |
In 2008 Birgit
Szepanski created a complex site specific installation at Art Laboratory
Berlin, which referred to the street Prinzenallee in Berlin-Wedding as
part of the exhibition series Art and Text. Over a number of weeks the
artist recorded traces of the street in her films, photographs and texts.
In decidedly minimal formal language she was able to unfurl the street
into the exhibition space by means of language, image and sound. In this
newly released publication this is further expressed in the form of an
Jana, Janez Jana, Janez Jana: NAME Readymade
lawyer Andreas Lichtenhahn (in German).
connection with the exhibition SEIZED prof. Steve Kurtz gave a presentation
on the theme of 'diciplinarity and its effects on art' at Art Laboratory
Berlin, followed by a Q&A session.
Artists in Dialog
Natural distribution mechanisms of plant species are often severely obstructed in the city. Tree sponsorship is a popular and effective way of re-greening city parks and streets. Individual sponsors become personally linked to individual trees while beautifying the neighborhood and creating new habitats for birds, mammals and insects.
Toland takes this idea a step further by creating species partnerships
for a day and encouraging personal interspecies relationships as a potential
distribution mechanism. As part of the series Artists in Dialog at ART
LABORATORY BERLIN the artist will realize a collaborative walk and installation
project by leading a group of Berlin residents through part of the green
corridor along the Panke and make personal introductions between individual
people and plants.
22 July 2009 at 9 pm
and Art Laboratory Berlin are pleased to present Strike
Anywhere for the first time
May, 2009 |
Premiere: On Media Reality a film by Vladimir Turner about Ztohoven
As part of
the exhibition Art and Law II - Ztohoven. Media Reality
April, 2009 |
will present a running thread through various works, mainly photographs
and montages, produced in different geographical areas ranging from Southern
Lebanon to Berlin via Sweden and China.
from Paola Yacoub is the first of Art Laboratory Berlin's new series of
artists talks, presentations, performances and events Artists in Dialog
October, 2008 |
Curators from East and Central Europe II: Elena Sorokina
Subjective Events, Sometimes Recorded
Curatorial workshop with Elena Sorokina, October 24, 2008, 6pm
July, 2008 |
like to celebrate one and half years of successful exhibitions with you.
You are cordially invited to our Summer Celebration. The latest video
works from Jakup Nepra, who took part the recent exhibition Cosmopolitics,
will be shown. Later in the evening you can dance to music by DJ Nata.
There will be a buffet and drinks.
30 May - 14 June, 2008
March - 27 April, 2008 |
Art and Science
Dmitrij Bulatov: Senses Alert
Opening: 28 March, 2008, 8PM
29.03.2008 - 05.04.2008
Artist's talk and workshop: 29.03.2008, 5PM
Tour of the exhibition: 27.04.2008, 3PM
27 January - 2 March, 2008 | Workshop
from East and Central Europe I
Art and Text
songs is a performance that deals with the occasion of a jam session on multiple and expanding levels.
off with a number of people, who will be invited to come to the gallery
in order to tell the story of a song. The recordings of those stories
will be transcribed the same day.
Art and Music
February, 2007 |
Pre-opening: Bildungscamper. Der Blick des Patriarchen
A documentary film
by Nicola Hochkeppel
2004, 62 min