Through interdisciplinary art science practice, the art science group DIY Hack the Panke aims to explore the Panke River for living organisms and critically examine its complex history of human use. Existing since early 2018, we offer public workshops on topics such as river flora, fauna and microbiology; bio matter as part of artistic research; plastic waste and other pollutants; and the impact of history, culture and technology on the present-day Panke. The public is also invited to take part in walk & talks, art performances as well as public labs to rediscover their urban environment, as well as learn and take part in Citizen Science.Read more
In 2019 and again in 2022 bio media artist Saša Spačal provides artistic research for her project Symbiosis in intra-flux of the Anthropocene at the Rillig Group, Ecology of Plants, Institute of Biology, FU Berlin. She addresses pressing societal and environmental issues such as climate crisis and plastic pollution in the context of symbiosis as a process of planetary metabolism in the case studies such as red clover-bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi.
The project arose from a cooperation between Art Laboratory Berlin and the Institute of Biology, Freie Universität Berlin, Rillig Group – Ecology of Plants, Institute of Biology, Freie Universität Berlin.Read more
Art Laboratory Berlin, in cooperation with the Institute of Biotechnology TU Berlin, is pleased to present the Art & Science project Mind the Fungi, which is dedicated to the research of local mushrooms and current fungal biotechnology. In the project Mind the Fungi we use the interdisciplinary concept from STEM to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Art) to expand scientific research with artistic and design-based research. The Institute of Biotechnology works with Berlin citizens, artists and designers to develop new ideas and technologies for mushroom and lichen-based materials of the future. The Artists in Residence programme brings art and design into the project as a constructive source of ideas, multipliers and communicators of scientific issues, and supports the process of sharing research processes and findings with the public.Read more
Vivian Xu’s Silkworm Project explores the possibilities of using silkworms to design a series of hybrid biomass machines capable of producing self-organized flat and spatial silk structures. Art Laboratory Berlin is pleased to collaborate with the Berlin-based Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) on a four-month research stay in Berlin by Vivian Xu, who lives in Shanghai. Between May and August 2019, Vivian Xu upursued artistic and practical research at MPIWG and ALB. An exhibition (May – July 2019), a conference at MPIWG, talks and workshops on sericulture by Vivian Xu provided the public with insights into the fascinating long-term project.Read more