on the current conditions of our world (environmental changes, gender
aspects, biopolitics, etc.), the artists' positions propose an 'aesthetics
of care' as the basis for inter-species coexistence. Here, the planet
is understood as a symbiotic web in which we are all entangled with one
another (humans, plants, animals, environment) on molecular, organic,
ethical and biopolitical levels. The artistic positions investigate reproductive
mechanisms, biochemical connections between humans and nonhumans, and
refer to alternative biomaterials as "source of life" in future
times of scarcity and crisis.
The one-day symposium will bring the artists together with researchers
from the humanities and natural sciences into a critical dialogue. In
different panels we will discuss alternative concepts of m/others, wombs
and placentas, fluid inheritance and modes of care.
Talk Show Series
Feminist SF: Visions of M/otherhood & Reproduction. Curated
and hosted by Isabel de Sena
event series pays tribute to the powerful alternative images of mothering
we've inherited through the pioneering work of feminist Sci-Fi writers,
most notably regarding their defiance of conventions on (technological)
reproduction, child-rearing, the maternal body, and sexuality, as well
as their invention of ecofeminism and myriad forms of transspecies kinship.
Rather than a nostalgic reflection, the events examine these authors'
sustained relevance within the current sociocultural and political landscape,
inviting experts from divergent fields (visual arts, gender-studies, literature,
biotechnology and political science) to programme their "ideal TV
and reading evening" on the topic.
Through a live Talk Show format, the selected footage and live readings
are interspersed with conversation, so that the audience (re)discovers
the works through the guest's eyes.
Invited Guests & Schedule
27 August 2020, 6 - 8 pm: Mary Maggic (Artist)
24 September 2020, 6 - 8 pm: Alison Sperling (Scholar
| Literature and Gender Studies) 13 October 2020, 6 - 8 pm: Noemi Yoko Molitor (Artist
and Scholar | Post-Colonial Studies and Queer Art) All episodes will
be conducted in English
project partners: The project THE CAMILLE DIARIES arose from a generous invitation to
take part in the international curatorial swarm for the open call »M/others
and Future Humans«, initiated by Ida Bencke (LABAE,Copenhagen, DK)
and Eben Kirksey (Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, USA).
Future for Food with
Amy Youngs, Ken Rinaldo, Anna Paltseva, Daniel Lammel,
Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz
June 2020, 4-6 pm CET / 10-12 am EDT
Can we break
away from current agricultural practices which are intimately connected
to desertification, water and soil pollution, antibiotic resistance, climate
change and social and economic inequalities? In a two-hour discussion we
are interested in considering a sustainable, multispecies perspective to
farming, which could start in the soil and progress through thinking about
the multiple ways we can consider food. Aquaponics, vertical farming, worms,
soldier flies, and permaculture offer real solutions, where food is grown
while respecting living beings, and the intertwined ecologies that support
food can be grown in urban or rural communities, though the soil is
critical. How can we learn and care about living beings we cannot quickly
know or see? What is care like in practice? We are also interested in exploring
the concept of "citizen eco-artist" as so much of what we do resides
in the spaces between actual science, sustainable practice and speculative
fiction. (More information)
Youngs is an Associate Professor in art and technology at Ohio State
University. She uses electronics, kinetics, insects, plants and pixels to
create artwork about the changing relationships between technology, nature
and self. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and
her essays about art and biology have been published in Leonardo and Nouvel
Rinaldo is internationally recognized for interactive art installations
developing hybrid ecologies with humans, algorithms, plants, animals, and
bacterial cultures. His art/science practice serves as a platform for hacking
complex social, biological, and machine symbionts. Inventing and constructing
interfaces for animals and plants, allows illuminating and amplifying the
underlying beauty, and intertwined symbiosis existent in natural living
systems. Rinaldo is author of Interactive Electronics for Artists and Inventors,
and is a Professor of Art and Technology at The Ohio State University.
Anna Paltseva holds a Ph.D. in Earth & Environmental Sciences
at the CUNY Graduate Center and Research and Program Coordinator at the
NYC Urban Soils Institute. She focuses on the assessment of heavy metals
bioavailability in urban soils. Anna Paltseva is a lecturer at CUNY
Brooklyn College, New York University, and the New York and Brooklyn Botanical
Gardens. Anna develops educational materials, leads soil workshops and coordinates
collaborations with international researchers for the NYC Urban Soils Institute.
Lammel is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Biology (Ecology
of Plants), Free University Berlin. His areas of research is soil ecology
and mycorrizal symbiosis as well as Soil Fertility, Plant Nutrition, Agricultural
Science and Ecosystem Ecology. Originally from Brazil, he studied at the
university of São Paulo, before competing his Ph.D. at Univ. of Massachusetts
Rapp is an art historian, curator and co-director of Art Laboratory
Berlin. Her current research interests include Installation art, artist
books, hybrid art, art & science collaborations. She researches, curates
and publishes on 21st century art at the interface of science and technology.
She has taught art history at the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle
and is currently a researcher at the TU Berlin Institute of Biotechnolgy,
Dept. for Applied and Molecular Microbiology.
de Lutz is a curator, co-founder and co-director of Art Laboratory Berlin,
where he has curated over 40 exhibitions, including the series Time and
Technology, Synaesthesia, [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies, and Nonhuman
Subjectivities. His curatorial work focuses on the interface of art, science
and technology in the 21st century, with special attention given to BioArt,
DIY Science initiatives and facilitating collaborations between artists
the generous support of the Senate Office for Culture and Europe:
Workshop and Livestream
DRIVEN DESIGN. Sculpting with Bioplastic Textile Workshop/
Livestream with Fara Peluso 6
May, 2020 6-8 pm CET
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
Due to the COVID-19 crisis the initial workshop has been postponed and
will hopefully take place later this year.
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:
Workshop and Livestream:
Hack the Panke
and Coexistence Kat
Austen and Nana MacLean
consider to be our environment unequivocally and ubiquitously contains
plastic. It has been found at the outskirts of human reach: at the top
of Mount Everest, in Arctic ice, and at the bottom of the Mariana trench.
Plastic is becoming part of our geology and the lively surrounding of
many organisms on this planet a new material and habitat providing
new stories and life forms.
The overabundance of this human-made material challenges our concepts
of the natural and former sites of waste and refuse might have
gotten a new fertile potential: Trees grow on plastic dumps, bacteria
and fungi evolve to feed on PET. Plastic might be disrupting our idea
of nature but is it really disrupting nature itself?
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! Part of
the Vorspiel programme in partnership with the CTM and transmediale With
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. (More on
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 Opening
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. (More
Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz, Art Laboratory Berlin
of the program Citizen Science - Forschen mit der Gesellschaft, Technische
Hack the Panke
Workshop and Jam session with Kat Austen and Nenad Popov 5 October 2019, 8PM
Sarah Hermanutz und Nenad Popov will perform a new work based on their involvement
in the citizen science collective 'DIY Hack the Panke'. The two artists'
previous collaboration have mixed Hermanutz's artistic research into wetland
ecologies with Popov's sound and programming based work.