We 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
Discussing a Phenomenon in the Arts, Humanities and (Neuro-)Science
and the Life Sciences in the 21st Century.
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 over the course of 2014 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.
II: πρωτεο / proteo - Joanna Hoffmann
23 January, 2015, 7PM
Exhibition runs: 24 January - 29 March, 2015
hours: Fri-Sun, 2-6PM and by appointment. Also open on Thursday
29 January from 2-6PM
of the [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies Library:
January, 2015, 7PM
Curators Talk: 1 March, 2015, 3PM
Artist Talk: 29 March, 2015, 3PM
/ proteo featuring artworks by Joanna
Hoffmann is the fourth and final exhibition of the [macro]biologies
& [micro]biologies series at Art Laboratory Berlin.
The exhibition explores the minute biomolecules that form a basis
for the phenomena of life.
Hoffmann's transdisciplinary works combine art, microbiology, physics
and technology. Her use of multimedia installations, 3d stereoscopy,
experimental video animation and other media explore the visualization
of sub-atomic and molecular as well as cosmic space. Her work relates
to advanced scientific research on the phenomenon of life and to
the interplay between scientific and cultural, sensual and illusive,
digital and biological, natural and synthetic.
/ proteo is intended as a laboratory of
imagination. It brings together a few threads of artistic research
being developed within the frame of the long-term project "Hidden
Topologies of Being" inspired by the atomic structure of protein
molecules, named "basic bricks of life". Their complex
geometries are in turn compared to Calabi-Yau spaces, in which,
according to superstring theory, successive dimensions of our world
are "curled up" at the subatomic level. If the scientific
hypothesis about multi-dimensional nature of the world is true,
then these hidden spaces are everywhere, in each "point"
of the space outside as well as inside us.
does it mean for us to live in a multi-dimensional universe, or
even multiverse? What kind of tools do we have to apprehend the
exhibition space at Art Laboratory Berlin will be transformed into
a multimedia installation. The core of the exhibition will be the
/ proteo, whose title refers to Greek root of
the name protein (Gr. πρωτεῖος
the first, in the lead). πρωτεο
/ proteo is an animation in which a cloud of particles
creates a mini-universe folded in the form of Calabi-Yau space.
It gives birth to a convoluted protein molecule and its dynamic
molecular 'dance of life', in a poetic way brings to mind a question
about the relations between the energy, matter and form. The animation
creates an effect of a hologram inside a transparent pyramid. It
is a kind of virtual incubator, in which the process continues to
develop and repeat itself.
using technologies as diverse as Pepper's ghost (a forerunner of
holography) and 3D video, Hoffmann's work presents the viewer with
a set of structures for scientific, philosophical, and aesthetic
wonder and analysis. Merging interpretations of scientific data,
image, sound and poetry, πρωτεο
/ proteo poses questions about the challenges
and boundaries of our cognition creating an emotional bridge between
our daily experiences and the abstractness of contemporary science.
this exhibition Joanna Hoffmann will be working in collaboration
with sound artist and composer Andre Bartetzki.
of the 2015 Vorspiel programme of the transmediale and CTM
January, 2015, 7PM: Opening of
the [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies
Parallel to the exhibition [micro]biologies II: πρωτεο
/ proteo we will present the [macro]biologies
& [micro]biologies library, where one can study source material
and documentation connected to all four exhibitions and the many
events of the series.
I: the bacterial sublime
26 September, 2014, 8PM
27 September 30 November, 2014
hours: Fri-Sun, 2-6PM and by appointment.
Artist talk: 28 September 2014, 3PM
Finissage: 30 November, 2014
Anna Dumitriu - Communicating Bacteria
The third exhibition will be a solo retrospective of British artist
Anna Dumitriu, whose work in the field of art and science
brings together historical narratives, cutting edge biomedical research
and an interest in ethical concerns.
is well known for creating "The VRSA Dress" & and
"The MRSA Quilt" which were made from so-called 'superbugs'.
To create those works she grew bacteria onto textiles and used natural
and clinical antibiotics to create patterns (sterilised prior to
exhibition will also include works from her "Romantic Disease"
series which explores the history of tuberculosis (TB) from artistic,
social and scientific perspectives and covers subjects such as superstitions
about the disease, TB's literary and romantic associations, the
development of antibiotics and the latest research into whole-genome
sequencing of mycobacteria.
possible through the support of:
Biology workshop with C-LAB // 5-7 September, 2014
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.
The event aims to involve the participants in the internationally
growing practice of do-it-yourself biology and make technology accessible.
In the art experiment we will explore pigments and fluorescent proteins,
scientific methods and enzymes for biochemical transformations,
and grow our own bacteria! Registration necessary. (Presented by
Desiree Förster and Daniela Silvestrin.)
Funded by the European Union and the Federal State
of Berlin within the framework of the "Zukunftsinitiative Stadtteil"
part of the
program "Soziale Stadt." Special
thanks to the Institute for Chemistry (TU Berlin) and Biotinkering