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.
Saturday 19 July, 2 - 4 PM
Children's Workshop with Desiree Förster in
conjunction with the exhibition [macro]biologies II: organisms
(in German) Ages 8- 12, free (with registration:
20 July, 3PM - Artist
talk with Maja Smrekar,
followed by finissage
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.
Programme in Overview
with the artist collective 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."
I: the bacterial sublime
// 27 September - 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. www.normalflora.co.uk