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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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Transhuman Life Forms
Fabulous Olfactometer, Digital photograph, 2014
Opening: 25 September, 2015 8PM
Childrens' Workshop: 4 October, 2-4 PM
Panel discussion with Susanna Hertrich & Enno Park: 13 November,
Finnisage: 29 November
Exhibition runs: 26 September 29 November, 2015, Fri- Sun
2-6PM and by appointment
Open 27 November 2-9PM
The exhibition explores the phenomenon of the prosthesis as bodily
extension in the 21st century. Exploring new technologies and recent
developments in neuroscience and biology, Susanna Hertrich proposes
new transhuman sensory extensions of what may eventually become
'human 2.0'. The exhibited works are part of her long-term artistic
research project Bodies & Technology.
In Susanna Hertrichs work a narration is constructed in which
the human sensory apparatus is extended through computer controlled
prostheses. The results can be understood as crossing the boundaries
between artistic hypothesis and technological experimentation. The
artworks reflect our current living environments, as well as critically
question the social, political and physical consequences of the
new technologies utilised in their making.
Next to Hertrich's works Art Laboratory Berlin will showcase a film
by Rafel Duran Torrent on Neil Harbisson and the Cyborg Foundation.
2015 programme is made possible in part by a generous gift from
About Prostheses, Extensions and Cyborgs
Panel Discussion with
Susanna Hertrich | artist
Enno Park | author, co-founder of Cyborgs e.V.
Regine Rapp| curator, Art Laboratory Berlin
13 November 2015, 7pm | Entrance 5,- EUR
Seminar in English with limited seating.
Registration required: firstname.lastname@example.org
Schubert // Growing Geometries - Evolving Forms
runs: 29 August 20 September, 2015
Opening: 28 August, 2015 8PM
Talk and Finissage: 20 September, 2015, 3PM
"In her experimental
setups, Theresa Schubert condenses the most simple organisms to
highly complex philosophical questions. In the artistic research
project Growing Geometries I - tattooing mushrooms, fungi
generate their growth by processing organic material. Together with
the treatment of the mushroom with tattoo needles, their natural
growth creates a closer proximity to that of mankind than to that
of plants. A natural phenomenon is translated into a moment of critical
analysis of processes of growth with the simplest of means. Theresa
Schubert's tattooed mushroom are fruits of a deeper lying mesh whose
growth can take any shape or form based on devitalized organic material
causing revitalization." (Kerstin Godschalk, curator HB55 Kunstfabrik
The exhibited works have been developed
as part of her PhD research at the Bauhaus University Weimar. In
the words of Theresa Schubert: "The works want to challenge
common understandings of creativity and emphasize a posthuman view
on the world and its creatures. Common ground is the intervention
on 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 also separates two different
states. Further, it is an investigation into the aesthetics and
mechanisms of natural growths processes."
The artist Theresa Schubert 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, KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Berlin, ARGE Kultur Salzburg, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Electro
Fringe Festival Australia, Istanbul Biennial, European Media Art
Festival and KIBLA Maribor. Recently, the journals Antennae, Wired
and Art in Berlin have reported on her work.
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