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
CALL: Nonhuman subjectivities (Deadline 15 December, 2014)
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.
Programme in Overview
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:
II: πρωτεο / proteo - Joanna Hoffmann
22 January, 2015, 8PM
Exhibition runs: 23 January - 29 March, 2015
hours: Fri-Sun, 2-6PM and by appointment.
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 visualisation of subatomic and molecular as well as cosmic space.
Her project πρωτεο
/ proteo and related works start with proteins,
the bricks of life. These in turn are compared to Calibi-Yau spaces,
in which, according to the superstring theory, successive dimensions
of our world are curled up at the subatomic level. By
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.
this exhibition she will also be working in collaboration with sound
artist Andre Bartetzki.
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