Schubert (DE) is a post-media artist, works as anartistic researcher
and is a PhD candidate at the Bauhaus-University Weimar. (http://www.theresaschubert.org/)
2014, 14 Uhr - open end: DIY Bio Lounge with Rüdiger Trojok
A full day programme of events introduced and led by biologist Rüdiger Trojok, combining science art, and open source science technology. This event is part of a larger project to create an open bio lab project in Berlin (see http://www.openbioprojects.net/ for more information.)
In the evening
there will be a Molecular cocktail bar, serving sparkling wine with aperol
bubbles, as well as 'smoking' cocktails.
In the installation,
these harmless bacteria have been cultivated on a nutrient medium. The
artists aim to represent the aesthetics of decay, the daily occurrence
when a large number of unused food wastes away, and thereby make a statement
about the "the Food Question" and its relation to the global
Trojok studied systems and synthetic biology at the University of
Potsdam and the University of Freiburg in Germany and Denmark Technical
University. Currently he is building up a citizen science biolab in Berlin
and actively promoting open source biotechnology in public, politics and
Chareza completed her PhD in Microbiology and Virology at the Germany
Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg and is currently working in a contract
Manouchehrabadi: The Power of Form, the Form of Power
Talk with Nasim Manouchehrabadi on 26 October, 2013 3 PM
2009, Berlin. Actually, we had no doubt that he would be voted
out. But then the results were announced and Ahmadinejad was re-elected
president. It was a case of large scale election fraud, and while we were
here, torn between anger and disbelief, Tehran experienced the largest
mass protests since the fall of the Shah's regime. Suddenly there was
a spirit of optimism; for the first time, the population reacted openly
against the regime of the mullahs and exposed the rulers' illegitimacy
before the whole world. However, the system reacted harshly, and mercilessly
put down the uprising, causing many deaths and injuries.
This is how
the Tehran-born and Berlin-based artist and designer Nasim Manouchehrabadi
described the events following the Iranian presidential elections in 2009.
These are the major impetus for the development of her work "The
Power of Form, the Form of Power" which will be on view at Art Laboratory
Berlin from 25-27 October, 2013.
But the 2009
protests against the Islamic regime and the many conflicts within modern
Iranian society are not the only points of departure for the artist. In
her work, Nasim Manouchehrabadi has long dealt with the history of Islamic
ornamentation, originating in the prohibition of images during the 8th
century, and which remains today an essential expression in the Islamic
world. The artist has tried to give the perception and impact of geometric
ornamentation a new direction.
of a carpet is strongly and semantically charged in many ways, bringing
together cultural, social and political aspects of modern Iranian life.
Manouchehrabadi's carpet is made of different elements, from embroidered
fabric to parts made of plexiglas to photographs printed on fabric. The
work can be seen on multiple levels: on one hand the aesthetic of form
and material, on the other content and ideology.
Talk with Pinar Yoldas
24 August,3 PM
Art Laboratory Berlin would like to invite you to an artist talk with the artist collective C-LAB (UK) and the biohacker Rüdiger Trojok (Berlin) presented by Desiree Förster and Daniela Silvestrin on 24 August from 3 PM.
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. .
5/ 6 July, 2013
Theater Glaskasten, Prinzenallee 33, Berlin-Wedding
As a theoretical addition to our ongoing exhibition series SYNAESTHESIA (October 2012 - July 2013/ http://artlaboratory-berlin.org/home_eng.htm), Art Laboratory Berlin will hold an international interdisciplinary conference to further explore and theoretically question the field of multisensory perception.
The term "synaesthesia", from the Greek "aisthesis" ("Sensation", "sensory impression") and "syn" ("together") means the experience of two or more sensory impressions at the same time. Currently there is a strikingly strong interest in the coupling of the senses in science, humanities and in contemporary art. This should come as no surprise: Our daily life in recent years has been subject to ever more multimedia and multisensory experiences. Comparing the latest technologies in the field of communication we come upon the radical technological development during the last 25 years: music video (text, music, colour), computer (as "total" sensory object) and also newest multiple forms of mobile phones (not only used for calls, but as a photo camera, music player or text machine, etc.).
It is the aim of Art Laboratory Berlin to grasp the specific impulses of our current complex, synchronous and technologised society on the phenomenon of synaesthesia, with its distinctive form of sensory fluctuation. For the upcoming conference, we are interested in discussing issues from diverse scholarly fields - humanities, arts as well as natural and social sciences - regarding both historical positions and contemporary inquiries. We will reflect topics such as: synaesthesia and the neurological discourse (memory and cognition; sensory perception); synaesthesia - between perception and subjectivity; synaesthesia and language; synaesthetic modalities (grapheme synaesthesia; synaesthesia of smell, taste, touch, sound and vision); synaesthesia in art and cultural history (in visual art, literature and film); synaesthesia and the digital world (synaesthesia in the 21st century).
The Synaesthesia-Conference is open to the public and free of charge - donations are very welcome.
Concept: Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz, Art Laboratory Berlin
part of the exhibition
Davenport & Carl Rowe // Banquet for Ultra Bankruptcy
A Banquet for Ultra Bankruptcy, developed for Art Laboratory Berlin, is based on the Marinetti's manifesto, which forms the starting point for a series of performances followed by an exhibition. The overarching theme of synaesthesia provides a basis for the study of aesthetics, politics and participation, as well as for the reactions of the participants. A Banquet for Ultra Bankruptcy is made up of five performances for six guests. During a six-course menu selected foods are combined with images, sounds and scents. Each course is designed as an aesthetic experience, allowing the audience to participate in simultaneous sensations.
With the generous support of:
Synaesthesia series is supported
in part by a generous gift from Michael Schröder.
talk with Madi Boyd 10 March, 2012 at 3PM
25.1.2013, 8 PM
Inquiries into the nature of Space and Perception are the basis of Art Laboratory Berlin's second exhibition in the Synaesthesia series. Synaesthesia, the experience of two or more sensory impressionsat the same time, is both an artistic paradigm and neurological phenomenon. Two installations by Madi Boyd and Carrie C Firman explore the connection between perception and experience of mind and body from a synaesthetic point of view.
is a synaesthete from Great Britain, whose artistic work focuses on perception
and the brain. In collaboration with neuro-scientists, Dr. Mark Lythgoe
and Dr. Beau Lotto, from University College London her work incorporates
and combines installation, film and sculpture. Her recent project The
Point of Perception explores how much information the human brain
needs in order to know what it is looking at. It is an art experience
and scientific arena about vision. The installation uses moving image
and built environments to confuse depth perception and is designed to
act specifically on the human eye and brain to create a space of uncertainty.
A newly developed version of the project will be presented at Art Laboratory
Berlin with the addition of sound and colour. The idea is to assign musical
notes and colours to specific points in the gridded space, in order to
explore perception of geometric space and sound.
Art Laboratory Berlin Awarded Prize for Project Spaces
We are pleased to announce that Art Laboratory Berlin is one of the winners of the first Prize for Art Project Spaces and Initiatives in the Field of Visual Arts awarded by the Berlin Senate Office of Cultural Affairs.
The award honours the commitment and work of those operating project spaces and initiatives. "The award serves" according to the Senate Office of Cultural Affairs, "to support them, to secure the existing diversity and to make the activities of art project spaces and initiatives in Berlin more visible."
The prize ceremony takes place on 27 February, 2013 under the auspices of State Secretary André Schmitz
statement from Art Laboratory Berlin on the award can be found at:
Art Laboratory Berlin at MutaMorphosis
Berlin will present the series Time & Technology at the international
conference MutaMorphosis in Prague from December 6-8, 2012.
2012, 4PM - Artist talk and workshop with Barbara Ryan
The artist Barbara Ryans perceptions of the world are underpinned by her polymodal synaesthesia which in turn forms the foundation of her artistic work. She experiences her synaesthesia »as something that is in her parallel conscious as opposed to something that is in the subconscious creating a duality of vision«. Her installation That cant be September it smells like the August of 1985! combines in a unique way the artists intimate personal interconnecting relationship between scent, colour, time and space, played out within the city of Berlin, where she lived in the 1990s.
is a coded re-creation of her sense of space and time as imbued with colour
and odour. Using text, photography and self-manufactured fragrances she
re-maps the city according to the systematic guidelines of her own synaesthesia.
The viewer is then invited to explore and decode the artist's unique phenomenological
the generous support of:
Transmigration in Artistic Practice is a screening and artist presentation of two projects by the Korean-American artist kate hers, whose works in performance, video and other media deal with issues of language and identity.
Missing is a performative autobiographical documentary video. In her late 20s, the artist, adopted as an infant and raised in the United States, returned to South Korea in an attempt to find her birth parents. The video documents performances, interventions and text from her adoption documents as well as her appearance on a South Korean television program while on the quest for her birth parents. It investigates the phenomena of Korean adoptees returning to the land of their birth and addresses the issues of belonging and transnational identity.
The work Das deutschsprachliche Projekt consists of two parts and deals with learning a new language and living in a foreign country. In the first part, made in 2008, the artist realized a rather extreme durational performance where she stopped speaking her native language for three months and spoke only in German, a language she was not yet fluent in at the time. The second part of the project is an ongoing one year interactive performance which she publishes on her blog (germanproject.estherka.com). It is made up of short videos in which she introduces online spectators to a new word (swear words, slang, idioms) in German on a daily basis. The project, which can also be described an educational series of video podcasts, tries to explore the notion of cultural identity through language.
kate hers has an Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of California, Irvine and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA). She currently lives in Berlin.
Works by Cage and others adapted for the output of the Reversing Machine plus new sound works by Sam Belinfante & Simon Lewandowski. In conjunction with the exhibition Fantastic Time Machines and our current series Time & Technology Belinfante & Lewandowski will perform a series of sound works and actions using the Reversing Machine mechanism and attached devices. (Information on the exhibition Fantastic Time Machines)
Time: Dreams, Drones, Flickers and Alpha Rhythms"
and experiments with the Reversing Machine. The artists will offer the
public a more intimate experience with their installation, including as
series of additional actions and interactions, explanation as an queries
into the nature of time and perception. (Information
on the exhibition Fantastic Time Machines)
May, 1 PM
Gretta Louw, whose performance and exhibition Controlling Connectivity started off the current Time & Technology series will set up a live video link up between Art Laboratory Berlin and the Warnayaka Arts centre in Lajamanu, Australia, located in the remote central Australian desert.
Since March Louw has been taking part in a residency in Lajamanu teaching photography, video and new media to indigenous arts workers, as well as introducing them to online communication platforms. The culmination of this first program of new media training will be a real time link-up between Lajamanu and Berlin.
A live audience
in Berlin will view a simultaneous performance streamed out of Lajamanu,
captured by a number of webcams and presented as two large-format projections.
The event will incorporate an eclectic and innovative mix of traditional
dance and storytelling, as well as live VJing of documentation organised
by Louw. The event will also provide and encourage the possibility of
interaction and exchange between participants in both Berlin and Lajamanu.
Warnayaka Art Center
are pleased to invite you to an artist
talk with Shlomit Lehavi
on Friday , March 30, 2012 at 8 pm at Art Laboratory Berlin (Prinzenallee
same evening we are celebrating the 5th anniversary of Art Laboratory
Friday Feb. 24, 2012: Tour through the exhibition with the artists (7.30 PM)
b (Sophia New & Daniel Belasco Rogers)
27 January 2012, 8PM
2012 3.30PM: Tour of the exhibition and Artists' talk with Gretta
In many ways participation in the elaborate communication networks that now underlie social interaction is no longer a matter of choice, since failure to participate is, in many demographics, akin to social withdrawal. Our decision to connect with and perform within online networks also plays an increasingly large role in determining professional success. The question, however, is what are the other effects of our growing reliance on online communication and community on our lives, culture, and society?
With the opportunity for connectivity and limitless access to information, comes the obligation to be increasingly available to receive and transmit; to be perpetually connected. The consequent erosion of true leisure time, the blurring of the traditional professional / personal, public / private dichotomies, and an information overload are creating hitherto unknown levels of psychological pressure.
Controlling_Connectivity uses the pervasiveness of internet-based social networking, as well asthe obligation and opportunity for constant connection with these platforms as a paradigm for a severe and systematic disruption of normal, socially accepted patterns of life and interpersonal interaction during a self-documented performance. Taking to its natural extreme the notion that new technologies are increasingly dictating our social interaction, professional life, and have a far reaching effect on many other aspects of daily life, Gretta Louw will complete a durational performance, living in the gallery space in complete isolation except for contact through various social networking sites and the internet.
For 10 days the artist will be available 24 hr/day for discussions, emails, comments, or interviews of both private and professional nature for any internet user wishing to take part in the project. All necessary supplies will be stored within the gallery and the windows will be blacked out to ensure that the environment is not normalised by natural light or social rhythms outside, but defined purely by the internet connection to external participants. A number of planned online events (the artist's 30th birthday, live talks with partners in New York, interviews with press) will be scheduled at intervals throughout the performance, with these social and professional pressures becoming progressively more difficult to fulfill as sleep deprivation and isolation take effect.
performance the artist will create and install the subsequent exhibition
at Art Laboratory Berlin, with the aim of examining how extreme internet
use and our reliance on online connectivity could affect psychological
functioning; our ability to censor ourselves and continue to behave in
a socially acceptable and comprehensible way under the constant pressure
of inexorably increasing connectivity.
generous support of:
Book Release Party - VISIONS NYC by Bärbel Möllmann: 30 September, 2011
In context of the ongoing show VISIONS NYC afterthoughts, Art Laboratory Berlin is pleased to invite you to the
Book Presentation & Book Release Party
In the project VISIONS NYC the Berlin-based artist and photographer Bärbel Möllmann has gathered a series of amazing portraits and interviews with New Yorkers from Summer 2001, recording their individual plans, goals and dreams, and from Summer 2002 recording their reactions to the events of the previous year.
Möllmann: VISIONS NYC.
With a purchase of the book on 30 September, 2011 the buyer will also receive and original print from the photo book (30 x 50 cm)
generous support of:
01 May 2011, 3PM
to the exhibition:
A Round Table Discussion Al Tahrir: The Day After, 1 May, 2011, 3PM
Since January of this year a wave of protests, originating first in Tunisia, and then in Egypt, have spread across the Arab world. Demonstrators have demanded democracy and the freedom of expression. How will the ongoing changes affect the lives artists and cultural production? What has been the role of politics in the arts in the Middle East and how might this change? Supposedly new technological media such as social networking platforms have played an important role in this year's 'Arab Spring'. Is this really true, and if so what potential does technology have to foster change as well as aid in inter-cultural communication?
On May 1, 2011 at 3PM, in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition My Dreams Have Destroyed My Life. Some Thoughts on Pain there will be a round table discussion on the cultural and political changes taking place in the Middle East in the wake of the current wave of protests. The artists Aissa Deebi, who teaches at the American University in Cairo, and Al Fadhil will be joined by Munira Khayyat (Anthropologist), Heiko Wimmen (Political Scientist) and Christian de Lutz (who will be the moderator)
Aissa Deebi is a Palestinian-American artist,who has produced a body of work in photography, video, new media and the graphic arts. He is currently assistant professor in visual art, new media at the Department of Performing and Visual Arts at The American University in Cairo. An award winning artist, Deebis work has been internationally exhibited in Germany, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Spain, Chile, Palestine and the United States.
Al Fadhil is an artist working in multimedia and performance. He has staged exhibitions at various venues including the Sharjah Biennale, Venice Biennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and the Kuandu Museum, Taipei Since 2003 he has been the initiator of the project 'Iraq Pavilion'. He currently lives in Lugano Switzerland and Berlin.
Munira Khayyat is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Columbia University, New York. She is currently completing her dissertation entitled A Landscape of War: On the Nature of Conflict in South Lebanon. An ethnographic inquiry into life in a rural war zone, her dissertation attends closely to the landscape, its features, practices and rhythms, to gain an understanding of the ordinary - 'naturalized' - experience of inhabiting war. From 1998 to 2000 she worked as a journalist.
Wimmen is a PhD fellow at the German Institute for International and
Security Affairs in Berlin. Between 2004 and 2009 he worked as a Program
Manager and Deputy Director at the Middle East Office of the Heinrich
Böll Foundation in Beirut. From 2002 to 2004, he was a professional
fellow of the Social Science Research Council, conducting research on
coexistence and conflict in divided cities, and between 1997 and 2002,
he worked as a radio journalist and producer in Beirut. He specializes
in political mobilization and social movements in divided societies.
Christian de Lutz (moderator) is Co-Director and Curator at Art Laboratory Berlin. He studied Art History and Fine Arts at New York University, and is also an artist working in video installation and new media on themes of migration, new technology and inter-culturality.
With the generous support of:
19/20 February 2011 Sol Lewitt Symposium
Venue: Glaskasten, Prinzenallee 33 (next door to Art Laboratory Berlin)
1970, Schematic Drawings for Muybridge II, 1964, New York: Multiples Inc.
An occasion in which all the artist books of Sol LeWitt are gathered into one exhibition invites further study. As we have done in previous exhibitions Art Laboratory Berlin would like to bring together artistic practice and scholarly debate, in this case in the form of a symposium. The complex nature of Sol LeWitt's artists' books specifically calls for examination by a variety of disciplines.
Beginning with a survey of the concept and the conceptual in LeWitt's work, continuing with a reflection on the medium of the book and the problem of authorship, the initial contributions will sketch LeWitt's art from art historical and literary perspectives. Additionally, contributions from the philosophy of art, musicology and mathematics will reflect on space and time, the question of a possible terminology and the phenomenon of serial geometric forms. Similarly, LeWitt's aesthetic production and his relationship to graphic design will be discussed. Finally, contributions from an artistic perspective as well as those of friends and collectors will illuminate practical and theoretical aspects of LeWitt's artistic work.
Alex Toland and Myriel Milicevic both work on the border between art and life and environmental sciences. Toland considers the project 'habitat hacking' and Milicevic describes the project as 'reconstructing cross-species life worlds'. Together they have chosen the immediate area around Art Laboratory Berlin (the Soldiner Kiez) as a place to investigate interactions between the local human population and urban flora and fauna. The exhibition space will function as a laboratory for mapping, sketching, modelling and prototyping. Wunschgarten is a series of dialogues: between the artists and the local community, between city dwellers and nature, between urban planning and urban wilderness.
As cities creep further into wild landscapes, the wild moves into cities. Urban habitats are places where plants and animals take up residence alongside people. Too often though, space for nature is sealed off by concrete constructions, resulting in a marked divide between the space occupied by humans and the rest of the biotic community. The Wunschgarten is an exploration of the city's wild features and creatures, and a vision of utopian measures that reach beyond existing mitigation schemes and municipal green-space planning. The city becomes a garden of unexpected edible opportunities and ideas to incubate and explode.
The artists encourage local inhabitants (and other visitors) to take part in the project. From the gallery space the participants can depart on a series of walks, contribute their own ideas and sketches, and in turn use the Wunschgarten as a springboard for further investigations or offshoots such as urban gardening projects, recordings of urban fauna, or evolutionary architecture and experiments in wild urban societies.
To explore these possibilities in a more concentrated setting, there will be a workshop on September 4 led by the artists to discuss and investigate, create and formulate, construct and co-inhabit the Wunschgarten and its wild urban offshoots.
01 July 2010 7PM
Art Laboratory Berlin is pleased to present a collection of documentary films about artworks recently created using the latest twenty-first century technologies: artificial life, robotics, bio and genetic engineering. The screening has been organized by the curator and artist Dmitry Bulatov in conjunction with the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad branch, Russia).
The films document artworks whose medium is living or lifelike matter, and the properties of living organisms and technologically reproduced artefacts are combined to produce the method. Art created under these new conditions of post-biology - that is, under conditions of artificially generated life - cannot avoid making this artificiality its explicit theme. We are thus again confronted with the question of the relationship between art and life in a completely new context defined by biological and abiological creations, works, and beings.
This collection is the first comprehensive overview of the current stage of contemporary techno-biological art. It provides a panorama of artistic strategies for granting and withdrawing the gift of authenticity. The analysis of these strategies opens up new possibilities for creative production and cultural commentary. In 2009 the Evolution Haute Couture project won the National Innovation Prize (Moscow, Russia), awarded annually for achievements in contemporary visual arts.
The film screening also coincides with the first volume of the anthology Evolution Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age. Edited by Dmitry Bulatov. Book plus two DVD-ROMs collection (45 video documentaries), KB NCCA, Kaliningrad, 2009. (ISBN: 978-5-94620-054-7). This publication is supported by The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, The Ford Foundation (The Moscow Office, Russia), The Dynasty Foundation (Moscow). Web site: www.videodoc.ncca-kaliningrad.ru/eng/
13 and Sun 14 March, 2010, 2-6PM
In 2008 Birgit Szepanski created a complex site specific installation at Art Laboratory Berlin, which referred to the street Prinzenallee in Berlin-Wedding as part of the exhibition series Art and Text. Over a number of weeks the artist recorded traces of the street in her films, photographs and texts. In decidedly minimal formal language she was able to unfurl the street into the exhibition space by means of language, image and sound. In this newly released publication this is further expressed in the form of an artist book
2010, 8PM, Book Release Party
Berlin is pleased to invite you to a presentation of the recently published
artist book "Prinzenallee - Ein Stück ohne Dialoge" ("Prinzenallee
- A Play without Dialog").
The event will present the act of Name changing perpetrated by three Slovenian artists who in 2007 officially, with all the required papers and stamps, changed their names to the then prime minister of Slovenia , Janez Jana (2004-08). All Janez Jansas works, their private and public affairs, in a word their whole life, has been conducted under this name ever since.
Janez Jana will take you through a series of artistic, political, administrative and mediatic actions performed by himself together with Janez Jana and Janez Jana, with a particular focus on their latest personal exhibition entitled NAME Readymade. Works exhibited in this show (valid ID cards, passports, credit and bank cards, driving licences, birth and marriage certificates, and so on) were generated by reality itself. (more information)
2009, 7.30 PM
in cooperation with:
2009 at 4PM
connection with the exhibition SEIZED prof. Steve Kurtz gave a presentation
on the theme of 'diciplinarity and its effects on art' at Art Laboratory
Berlin, followed by a Q&A session.
2009 at 4PM (meeting point: Art Laboratory Berlin)
Natural distribution mechanisms of plant species are often severely obstructed in the city. Tree sponsorship is a popular and effective way of re-greening city parks and streets. Individual sponsors become personally linked to individual trees while beautifying the neighborhood and creating new habitats for birds, mammals and insects.
Artist Alex Toland takes this idea a step further by creating species partnerships for a day and encouraging personal interspecies relationships as a potential distribution mechanism. As part of the series Artists in Dialog at ART LABORATORY BERLIN the artist will realize a collaborative walk and installation project by leading a group of Berlin residents through part of the green corridor along the Panke and make personal introductions between individual people and plants. (more information)
22 July 2009 at 9 pm
and Art Laboratory Berlin are pleased to present Strike
Anywhere for the first time
May 2009, 8.30pm
April 2009, 21h
will present a running thread through various works, mainly photographs
and montages, produced in different geographical areas ranging from Southern
Lebanon to Berlin via Sweden and China.
This presentation from Paola Yacoub is the first of Art Laboratory Berlin's new series of artists talks, presentations, performances and events Artists in Dialog
compilation from Jakup Nepra
We would like to celebrate one and half years of successful exhibitions with you. You are cordially invited to our Summer Celebration. The latest video works from Jakup Nepra, who took part the recent exhibition Cosmopolitics, will be shown. Later in the evening you can dance to music by DJ Nata. There will be a buffet and drinks.
from East and Central Europe I
Art and Text
songs is a performance that deals with the occasion of a jam session on multiple and expanding levels.
It starts off with a number of people, who will be invited to come to the gallery in order to tell the story of a song. The recordings of those stories will be transcribed the same day. (more...)
19 June: Robin Hayward (violin/ bindelwald) and Olaf Bugiel (vocals/ electric guitar)
20 June: Oliver Schneller (percussion) and Workz (electronic, DJ)