DRIVEN DESIGN. Sculpting with Bioplastic Textile
A two-day workshop with Fara Peluso
New Date TBA
14 March & 28 March 2020 | 1 - 6:30 pm
@ ALB, Prinzenallee 34, 13359 Berlin
No previous knowledge necessary | Workshop language: English
Registration mandatory for both days together: firstname.lastname@example.org
Today Material Research is a central point in the theory and practice
of designing new technologies, in cooperation with art and design. These
fields are currently collaborating, merging their knowledge and practice
to develop a new generation of materials, by focusing on specific characteristics,
to create new environmentally friendly materials. Another approach, however,
has also arisen in the last years combining making, crafting and personal
fabrication of new materials through a form of Do It Yourself (DIY) biology
This Mind the Fungi workshop discusses this new material driven
design movement and methodology, learning how to build a new material
by studying and using a living organism like mycelium. Discovering the
features, possibilities and limits of mycelium-based materials, the participants
will work together growing material and developing new material, building
sculptures, assembling DIY packaging and drawing and cutting patterns
on a new material made of biofilm.
Day 1: 14 March 2020
After an introduction by Fara Peluso into her design research and
insights by the biotechnologists from TU Berlin in context of the project
Mind the Fungi, the participants will learn how to inoculate mycelium
into a liquid culture and prepare a biofilm based on mycelium and algae.
The knowledge and techniques learned are functional in a DIY setting.
Day 2: 28 March 2020
After a two-week period, during which the biofilms will grow, the
participants will be now able to use their new biomaterials to assemble
sculptures or create designed objects like bags. Here innovative design
practice will enable us to unleash the potential of these new materials
created through material driven design.
Fara Peluso, a Berlin based artist-designer, graduated
in industrial design and graphic design at University of Spienza, Deptm.
for Architecture, Rome. Through speculative research her work connects
the human being with nature, living organisms and biological processes
to form a deeper relationship. Together with biologists, she has pursued
deep research into algae, taking constantly inspiration from them, experimenting
and understanding how to work with them inside the fields of Art and Design.
In collaboration with BioArt Laboratories in Eindhoven, she developed
the prototyping of a speculative wearable accessory, WeaReactor, which
connects the algae's photosynthesis process with the breath of the wearer
(exhibited at DDW17 in Eindhoven in 2017; at Art Laboratory Berlin in
2019). Peluso has extended this knowledge over the last 15 months by working
with researchers at the TU Berlin Institute of Biotechnology on mycelium-based
materials as an artist-designer-in-residence in the project Mind the Fungi.
the Fungi (2018-20) is
a collaborative project between the Institute of Biotechnology TU Berlin
and Art Laboratory Berlin. Biotechnologists and process engineers are
researching local tree fungi and lichens (Prof. Vera Meyer/ Applied Molecular
Microbiology; Prof. Peter Neubauer / Bioprocess Engineering). The focus
is on developing new ideas and technologies for fungal and lichen based
materials for the future. Art Laboratory Berlin bridges the gap between
science, art, design and the public and offers various Citizen Science
formats. The Artist- and Design-Residencies with Fara Peluso and Theresa
Schubert bring in art and design as constructive sources of ideas for
this research project.
generous support of the Technische Universität Berlin as part of
the program Citizen Science - Forschen mit der Gesellschaft:
at the Institute for Biotechnology/ Bioprocess Engineering, TU Berlin
76 Room Z20, Hof 3 Aufgang F, 13355 Berlin
January 2020, 7-9.30 PM
registration necessary | Free entrance
The Art &
Science project Mind the Fungi is a cooperation between the Institute
of Biotechnology at the TU Berlin and Art Laboratory Berlin and is dedicated
to the research of local fungi and lichens. Scientists of the Department
of Bioprocess Engineering will give short presentations to give an insight
into the world of lichens and their potential for new natural products
is presented. Afterwards, production tools, in particular bioreactors,
that are used to reproduce the lichen cultures and their valuable materials,
will be presented. There is also the opportunity to have hands-on experiences
with the material even under the microscope. Using lichens from
the environment, experimental methods for isolation and characterization
in laboratory experiments will be shown and the morphology of the symbiosis
observed under the microscope.
Lichens represent a symbiosis of algae and fungi. Fungi and lichens offer
a resource of diverse substances, the spectrum ranges from compounds to
fine and basic chemicals such as bioplastic components to valuable food
components and even building materials. In the case of lichens, the cultivation
for the production of such diverse products is still at the beginning.
Appropriate isolation and subsequent bioprocess optimization should greatly
shorten growth times and unlock the potential for producing valuable substances.
The bioengineering research is expanded through artistic and design-based
approaches. The Institute of Biotechnology works together with Berlin
artists and designers to develop new ideas and technologies for the mushroom
and lichen-based materials of the future and would like to involve the
public in these developments.
The event is open to everyone, no previous knowledge is required!
the Vorspiel programme in partnership with the CTM and transmediale
the generous support of the Technische Universität Berlin as part
of the program Citizen Science - Forschen mit der Gesellschaft:
Talk | Happening
Florence Razoux: The Lumenses Project
5 January 2020, 3-6PM
Artist and scientist Florence Razoux will be presenting the Lumenses
Project, a series of creative initiatives that offers a new perspective
on menstruation and examine how the taboo that surrounds menstruation
impacts society, and especially the biomedical research. The interactive
art and science installation Bloody Holidays, questioning our perception
of menstruation, will be presented to the public, with the opportunity
to donate menstrual blood for the making of the piece. Please get in touch
with the artist if you're interested in participating: email@example.com
Razoux is a scientist and artist with a PhD in neuroscience and biomedical
engineering. Their work bridges science, art, design and technology, and
was presented in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin (Gray Matters,
2017), MONOM, Berlin Center for Spatial Sound (Sgr-A*, 2018) and most
recently ETH Zürich in Switzerland (Waddington, 2019).
in intra-flux of the Anthropocene
research at the Rillig Group, Ecology of Plants, Institute of Biology,
Free University Berlin in cooperation with Art Laboratory Berlin
29. November 2019, 7:30 PM: Project presentation: Saa Spačal
in converation with Dr. India Mansour
For the month of November 2019 bio media artist Saa Spačal
will provide artistic research for her new project Symbiosis in intra-flux
of the Anthropocene at the Rillig Group, Ecology of Plants, Institute
of Biology, FU Berlin.Towards the end of the residency Art Laboratory
Berlin will host a public presentation and discussion about the topics
that residency covered, together with scientists from the Rillig Group.
Symbiosis in intraflux of the Anthropocene)
event is supported
by the Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur Bezirksamt Mitte and the Bezirkskulturfonds
as part of DIY
Hack the Panke
Area Network (LAN).
Workshop with Martin Howse
13 Oct and 10 Nov 2019, 11AM-6PM
Local Area Network (LAN) open workshop is a collective, speculative
investigation of local fields/particles, and energetic exchanges, towards
the hacking and re-routing of energy flows and networks at all stacked
levels of local geological, environmental and technological "Umwelten",
forking into a forensic exhibition at Art Laboratory Berlin.
LAN works in the field - at sites along the Panke - and in the
lab, punctuating an ongoing exhibition of changing processes and prototypes,
examining the interface of data ecologies and the non-human through mapping,
measuring and intervening within local and specific energetic transformations,
entropic gradients and boundings of matters, materials and cultures.
LAN examines and identifies sites of execution, the places where
energetic transformations intersect with human infrastructure and agents
of abstraction and logic; intervening within the co-existent realms of
algorithmic entities, of the structures and infrastructures of computation,
communication with the non-human entities of the earth (mycelium, microbes).
For example, specific devices, developed in the course of collective workshops
will examine relations of computation and decay, perhaps logging the growth
of lichen and other parasitic fungi/forms on human infrastructures or
examining branchy dew formations of radioactive particles. Workshops and
devices will equally examine relations of the decay of particles, and
the extension of the nuclear/geological within the interiors of plants
The first workshop will take place at Art Laboratory Berlin on the 13th
October, the second on 10th November. For the 2nd workshop participants
should follow the AND operator!
Local Area Network (LAN) forms part of the exhibition Invisible
Forces opening at Art Laboratory Berlin on 18 October, 2019.
by the Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur Bezirksamt Mitte and the Bezirkskulturfonds
5 September 2019, 7 PM
Local Tree Mushrooms as Sustainable Material for the Future
FUTURIUM | Futurium Lab, Alexanderufer 2, 10117
by Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz, Art Laboratory Berlin
5 September 2019 30 April 2020
Curator's talk with Christian de Lutz: 7 September, 2019 3-5PM
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 10AM 6PM, Thur 10AM 8PM,
is a collaboration between the TU Berlin Institute of Biotechnology and
Art Laboratory Berlin, combining scientific research, citizen science
and artist and designer residencies-in-lab. The project researches innovative
uses for biomaterials produced from tree fungi. Researchers at TU Berlin's
Institute of Biotechnology create new materials from natural sources.
How and what you grow the material on defines its qualities. Art Laboratory
Berlin brings together for this topic artists, scientists and the public
to share knowledge and experience new forms of creativity through exhibitions,
talks and workshops.
shows how we have cultivated various tree fungi with different media (i.e.
on substrate such as sawdust), and produced biomaterials with different
shapes, structures and qualities. Some current examples range from mycelium
bricks to 'vegan leather' and other design products. Videos and slide
shows document the Art Science project "Mind thr Fungi", introduce
the individual team members and provide a deeper insight into the creative
world of an interdisciplinary work process.
Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz, Art Laboratory Berlin
of the program Citizen Science - Forschen mit der Gesellschaft, Technische