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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
I: the biosphere // 8 March - May 4, 2014
II: organisms // 31 May - 20 July, 2014
the bacterial sublime // 27 Sept - 30 November, 2014
a programme of talks, performances and other events with artists, scientists
and scholars will accompany the exhibition series.
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.
Translating, Correcting, Archiving
31.05.2013, 8 PM
Synaesthesia / 4: Translating, Correcting, Archiving presents works by Ditte Lyngkær Pedersen (DK), Eva-Maria Bolz (D) and Andy Holtin (USA). The exhibition devotes itself to selected artistic strategies for decoding the phenomenon of synaesthesia. It is significant that all three artists experience different forms of synaesthetic perception.
Ditte Lyngkær Pedersen, herself a synaesthete, has created
an extensive video archive of interviews about the multi-sensory perception
of synaesthesia that document the experiences of individuals and at the
same time make the unbridgeable gap between this topic and the audience
Her project Why Is Green a Red Word? is comprised of interviews with synaesthetes and scientists, but also includes conceptual video works such as What the Hell does Purgatory Look Like? and drawings depicting the spatial imagination of number forms by different synaesthetes. Contemporaneous with the exhibition opening will be the publication of Ditte Lyngkær Pedersens artist book Why is Green a Red Word?
Der Innere Monitor, which Eva-Maria Bolz presents at Art Laboratory
Berlin, follows her subjective perception that colours and letters form
a specific code through which a text can be translated into blocks of
colour. Each letter corresponds to a specific colour. When the artist
deliberately uses texts that contain intense colour descriptions such
as Oscar Wilde's The Rose and the Nightingale, she asks us not
only to explore the perceived differences, but also to experience the
text through the eyes of a synaesthete. In the exhibition Bolz will present
five selected texts in the form of large colour plates. In addition to
the colour plates, documentation is created in the form of an artist book.
Andy Holtin, Corrections, video still, 2009
Andy Holtin has grapheme synaesthesia, connected with a particular colour-number association. He sees numbers in specific colours, moreover, this is influenced by a partial red-green colour blindness, affecting certain nuances. In his video Corrections (2009) you can see how a hand colours in the numbers of different signs and nameplates in photographs. Corrections demonstrates the gap between the object and subjective sense perception as well as the personal impressions of the artist himself. By speeding up the video, the act of colouring in appears grotesque as the act of artist's hand achieves a form of slapstick. In his video Connections (2013) the artist examines the complications he experiences when objects share a colour with a particular number due to Holtins individual synaesthetic experience, creating an extended perceptual relationship.
final exhibition the synaesthesia series, Art Laboratory Berlin will host
an international interdisciplinary conference "Synaesthesia. Discussing
a Phenomenon in the Arts, Humanities and (Neuro-)science" (5
& 6 July, 2013, Glaskasten Theatre, Prinzenallee 33, next to Art Laboratory
With the generous support of:
portal kunstgeschichte, 29 July, 2013, Synästhesie Eine internationale transdisziplinäre Konferenz versucht eine Integration von künstlerischen und wissenschaftlichen Positionen zum Thema, by Gerhard Scharbert
5/ 6 July,
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
Concept: Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz, Art Laboratory Berlin
of Neuroesthetics_Platform for Art and Neuroscience,
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:
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