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& [micro]biologies. Art and the Biological Sublime in the 21st
Ed. by Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz,
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Schubert // Growing Geometries - Evolving Forms
runs: 29 August 20 September, 2015
Opening: 28 August, 2015 8PM
exhibition is the practical part of her PhD dissertation at the
Bauhaus University Weimar. In the words of Theresa Schubert:
"The exhibition presents works on the subject of 'membranes'.
A membrane appears in both the exterior and interior of living beings;
in the case of a cell membrane it is part of the smallest building
block of life, but it is also as a synonym for skin, which separates
two different states. In media technology, the membrane is an essential
component, which transmits surge waves, like speakers or a microphone.
In this sense, the presented work should transmit its vibrations
to the outside world or reflect external influences. The membranes
as parchment is the focus of work Growing Geometries I. The artist
tattooed mushrooms in an early stage and observed changes in the
tattooed images during their growth, caused by elongation of the
fungal membrane. In the exhibition, an installation with growing
mushrooms will be constructed and investigating the generation of
images/ shapes by biological organisms."
artist Theresa Schubert, born in 1980, conducts research at the
intersection of art, biology, and technology. She has studied Media
Arts & Design at the Bauhaus University Weimar. Her artistic
practice combines various media such as audiovisual installations,
photography or work on paper which deals with the phenomena of nature
not only as a source of inspiration, but as a material and critical
process. By means of transdisciplinary methods, such as the re-enactment
of scientific experiments, biohacking, theoretical analysis and
collaborative practices, her work deals with the themes of self-organization,
computational geometry and morphology. The starting point for her
experiments are simple organisms that arranged in setups have the
opportunity to grow and develop - always under the control of the
artist - sometimes in interaction with people and visitors.
Theresa Schubert's work has been exhibited internationally. Venues
include; Ars Electronica, Linz, Salzburg ARGE culture, Newcastle
Region Art Gallery, Electro Fringe Festival, Art & About Sydney
Festival, Istanbul Biennial, European Media Art Festival and KIBLA
Maribor. Additionally, the magazines "Wired" (Sep. 2013)
and "Art in Berlin" (April 2014) have reported on her
June, 2015 - Plan Bienen
A project by Tessa Zettel and Sumugan Sivanesan
Opening: 26 June from 8PM
Brunch and Talk: 28 June 12-2PM (RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Viewing open 27-28 June, 2015 from 2-6 PM
Bienen is an ongoing research project developed by Sydney-based
artists Tessa Zettel and Sumugan Sivanesan during their residency
at ZK/U - Centre for Art and Urbanistics in Berlin in 2014.
Plan Bienen the artists attempt to make real and speculative
connections between two parallel crises one within European
economic systems and the other in honeybee ecologies. Considering
Berlins development as a multicultural creative
capital, the artists take the local histories and current popularity
of urban beekeeping as an entry point to explore expanded possibilities
for non-monetary economies and new social habits already present
within Berlins food systems, intercultural gardens, migrant
networks and hausprojekts. In the process they ask what
kinds of promising more-than-human futures might todays
city bees lead us towards.
Bienen: Statements of Profit and Loss, will be open Friday
evening, as well as Saturday and Sunday from 2-6PM, and will show
documents and artefacts generated by the project. On Sunday 28 June
there will also be a brunch and conversation, 'Rates of ExchangeA
Discursive Sonntagsbrunch', discussing exchange and relations in
the multispecies city, from 12-2PM.
Zettel is an interdisciplinary artist who works to create possible
futures from forgotten pasts. Her participatory, site-based projects
often involve forms of exchange and new relationships with obscured
cultural practices and knowledge.
an anti-disciplinary artist, Sumugan Sivanesan
works with a multiplicity of media. His installations, performances,
videos and texts present a space for discussion and intervention.
Partners: ZKU - Centre for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin Food Art
This project is supported by the Australian Artists' Grant. The
Australian Artists Grant is a NAVA initiative, made possible
through the generous sponsorship of Mrs Janet Holmes à Court
and the support of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for
Immersion into Noise
works by Joseph Nechvatal
24 April 2015, 8PM
Artist Talk & Noise Music Concert: 25 April, 2PM
Exhibition runs: 25 April 21 June 2015
Opening hours: Fri-Sun, 2-6PM and by appointment
J. Nechvatal, frOnt windOw retinal autOmata,
Computer-Roboter gesteuertes Gemälde, 2x2m
Nechvatal (born in 1951 in Chicago) is a post-conceptual artist
working in digital art. He is one of the most important pioneers
of 'new media art,' but at the same time makes use of 'old media'
(such as painting and drawing). What is phenomenal, and in our opinion
relevant to the 21st century, is that his paintings are created
through a use of custom artificial life software and computer robotics.
subtitled Immersion into Noise, is Nechvatals first
solo show in Berlin and presents recent works to a Berlin audience
alongside his eponymous book Immersion into Noise (2011).
In that text, Nechvatal provides visual analogies to audio noise
within the powerful effects of the act of immersion.
In the bOdy pandemOnium exhibition, and in Nechvatal's work
in general, the term viractualism, meaning the interface
between the biological and the technological, plays an essential
role: "The basis of the viractual conception is that virtual
producing computer technology has become a noteworthy means for
making and understanding contemporary art. This brings art to a
place where one finds the merging of the computed (the virtual)
with the uncomputed corporeal (the actual)."
Parallel to his theoretical research, Nechvatal has created a series
of paintings and projections that show a C++ custom virus program
(created with the programmer Stephane Sikora) invading, destroying
and transforming his painterly art images based on intimate parts
of the human body. In the exhibition at Art Laboratory Berlin, two
large computer-robotic assisted paintings will be on display: frOnt
windOw retinal autOmata (2012) and rear windOw curiOsites
Also on view will be one of his famous viral computer software de-generative
works: Viral Venture (2011). It is accompanied by a musical
score for two hundred electric guitars by the composer Rhys Chatham.
An artist talk with noise music concert of his piece 3
pOstmOrtems will take place on the opening weekend, on Saturday,
25 April, 2pm.
Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz
Press: Olga Shmakova
This exhibition is made possible in part by a generous gift from
and the Life Sciences in the 21st Century.
January 2014 - March 2015
left to right : Mathias Kessler, Center for PostNatural History,
Anna Dumitriu, Brandon Ballengee, Maja Smrekar
Moving from the vast to the minute, [macro]biologies &
[micro]biologies, will be a series of 3 exhibitions, performances,
and talks at Art Laboratory Berlin. The series moves from biosphere
and landscape - systems, structures, creation and devastation (in
exhibition 1) to the level of non-human, multi-cellular 'being'
(in exhibition 2) and finally explores micro-organisms (in exhibition
3), as well as the minute particles or objects that still forms
life or a basis for living. Additionally a programme of talks,
performances and other events with artists, scientists and scholars
will accompany the exhibition series.
(The [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies programme in overview)
are proud to share with you our online-publication of the international
interdisciplinary 2-day SYNAESTHESIA-Conference, held by Art Laboratory
Berlin in the summer 2013:
Discussing a Phenomenon in the Arts, Humanities and (Neuro-)Science