Monday, February 27, 2017

Artist Talk with Alinta Krauth

Australian artist Alinta Krauth 's new project Under-Mine (2017) was specially developed for Art Laboratory Berlin. She has used video, generative art, data visualisation and an intensive study into the science of animal perception and cognition to propose narrative paths towards a meeting point of the human and nonhuman. Taking into account that each species' way of sensing the world is unique, and often beyond the ken of human experience, Krauth makes use of a diverse technological toolbox to navigate and translate nonhuman perceptions.
More information at: http://artlaboratory-berlin.org/html/eng-exh-archive.htm









Monday, February 20, 2017

DIYBio NOW Bio Fair at Art Laboratory Berlin

17 Feb. 7-10PM
18 Feb. 12-8PM
19 Feb. 12-6PM

A DIYBio fair organized by Biotinkering Berlin, the three-day bio-fair brought together players in the Berlin biohacking scene for a series of hands-on workshops, talks and a special exhibition featuring unique DIY laboratory equipment. The bio-fair focuses on the elusiveness of nature, trying to rebuild the lost connection between humans and the oldest organisms on Earth: bacteria, algae and fungi.

The fairs opened on Friday at 7 PM with a series of presentations by Berlin-based biohackers. The program continued on Saturday 12-8PM and Sunday 12-6PM with workshops and talks on topics ranging from 'bioluminescent bacteria' to 'tempeh fermentation' to 'spectrometry' by Jessica Bernds, Rüdiger Trojok and Alessandro Volpato. It included an exhibition of artworks by  Mirela Alistar, Graziele Lautenschlaeger, Fara Peluso and Margherita Pevere and others.


Anthotype workshop by  Graziele Lautenschlaeger

Anthotypes by Graziele Lautenschlaeger

Tempeh fermentation workshop with Rüdiger Trojok

Bio dye workshop with Luci Ajonjoli and Hong Yu

Alessandro Volpato, workshop on spectrometry, with extracted chlorophyll from basil

Margherita Pevere, Artist's book, bacterial cellulose book and jar with culture, 2016-17

DIY Gene Gun by Rüdiger Trojok

Detail of Komucha Sky by Alessandro Volpato
Viva, jewellery with algae by Fara Peluso

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Nonhuman Subjectivities. Under-Mine. Alinta Krauth opens 25 February, 2017

Alinta Krauth, Under-Mine, interactive video installation,  (detail), 2017
Vernissage: Saturday 25 February, 2017. 8PM
Artist talk on 26 February, 2017 at 3PM
Exhibition runs 26 February- 2 April, 2017, Fri -Sun 2-6PM and by appointment


The exhibition project investigates the problematics and possibilities of communicating nonhuman perception through the interface of artistic practice and new technologies. By means of interactive and non-interactive video that use generative and time-based techniques the Australian artist Alinta Krauth considers potential narratives of animals under threat from climate change.

Alinta Krauth's new project Under-Mine (2017), especially developed for Art Laboratory Berlin, uses video, generative art, data visualisation and an intensive study into the science of animal perception and cognition to propose narrative paths towards a meeting point of the human and nonhuman. Taking into account that each species' way of sensing the world is unique, and often beyond the ken of human experience, Krauth makes use of a diverse technological toolbox to navigate and translate nonhuman perceptions.

By means of data generated video and sound, hand drawn animation, and digital interactive elements, Krauth creates four 'narratives' - bat, wild horse, woodlouse, and rock lizard - that follow a similar plot line: the attempt to survive a species die-off. The artist introduces abstract visual and aural perception as language, interaction with an immersive environment, and a sense-oriented, rather than linear narrative. In her own words she discerns that "one way to tell a narrative of, or for, a nonhuman animal is to consider the senses that are stronger in other species than in humans, for example echolocation, magnetoreception, hygroreception, chemoreception, and possibly proprioception."

The project makes use of a tradition of interactive and game related electronic art, which connects the human body to storytelling, but proposes using this to explore the possibilities of inter-species empathy. Through interaction the audience wavers between being a character, a creator, and a viewer. While the artist is well aware that narrative is itself a very human construct, and that any attempt to experience animal perception is bound to be inherently anthropocentric, Under-Mine seeks to push at the boundaries between the human and animal, and dislodge us from our usual subject-object relation to the nonhuman.

Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz (curators)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Art Laboratory Berlin's upcoming events for January & February 2017

Part of the Vorspiel programme of the transmediale and CTM 2017

SciArt Café with BIOMOD and iGEM Team Berlin

29 January, 2017 3-6PM


The iGEM Berlin team (http://igem.berlin/) presents their fifth SciArt Café. Under the main theme of "Synthetic Biology - a toolkit for solving humanity's problems" we will hear scientists and artists working with bioscience and afterwards discuss topics of synthetic biology.
1. Nikolaj Koch - Introduction into SynBio, iGEM Berlin 15-17, Using Synthetic Biology to clean our water from microplastics
2. Svenja Nierwetberg -Searching for parasites - Using synthetic biology for diagnostics (iGEM Charité)
3. Prof. Vera Meyer - Fungal Bioart : Combining scientific and artistic approaches in microbiology
4. plus additional talks on biology and the arts



DIYBio NOW
17 Feb. 7-10PM
18 Feb. 12PM-8PM
19 Feb. 12PM-6PM

A DIYBio faire Organized by Biotinkering Berlin
The three-day bio-fair brings together the players in the Berlin biohacking scene for a series of hands-on workshops, talks and a special exhibition featuring unique DIY laboratory equipment. The bio-fair focuses on the elusiveness of nature, trying to rebuild the lost connection between humans and the oldest organisms on Earth: bacteria, algae and fungi.
More information


Mycelium Network Society
February 24,2017
Art Laboratory Berlin will be taking part in the discussions at the opening event of the Mycelium Network Society (part of transmediale ever elusive).
silent green Kulturquartier
Gerichtstraße 35
13347 Berlin


Next Exhibition:

Nonhuman Subjectivities: Under-Mine.

Alinta Krauth

Under Mine, Interactive video installation, Stills from animation, 2017

Vernissage: Saturday 25 February, 2017
Artist talk on 26 February, 2017 at 3PM
Exhibition runs 26 February- 2 March, 2017, Fri -Sun 2-6PM and by appointment

The exhibition project investigates the problematics and possibilities of communicating nonhuman perception through the interface of artistic practice and new technologies. By means of interactive and non-interactive video that use generative and time-based techniques the artist considers potential narratives of animals under threat from climate change.
More information

Friday, December 30, 2016

Thank you for 2016 and best wishes for the New Year 2017

Art Laboratory Berlin thanks you for your interest, your visit, your all your input during 2016! Our deepest gratitude to Francois-Joseph, Tarsh​, Saša​, Anil, Mirjan​, Joana, Maja​, Rachel​, Robertina​, and to Alanna​, Benjamin​, Selena​, Ewelina​, Jothi​, Utpala​, and Annalisa​, as well as to Kat​ , Margherita​, Miri, Rüdiger, Ale, Emilia, and Jessie​ . We wish everyone a healthy, happy and successful 2017 and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!!!

Thursday, December 01, 2016

End of the Year Call for Donations


Dear friends, colleagues and visitors,

Thank you very much for your interest and active exchange (both in person and virtually)!

This year, we were able to gain a lot of attention in the public and the press with our projects, as well as with external projects. Art at the interface of science and technology, dealing with topics relevant to the 21st century, is still not often supported or appreciated by many funding bodies.


As we want to continue our work at Art Laboratory Berlin (now 10 years old) with our current focus in the coming year, we are, in great part, dependent on your donations.


Please support our non-profit organisation Art Laboratory Berlin e.V. now with a donation!

Even smaller amounts can help us to realise portions of future projects. If desired, we can issue a donation receipt (the donation is tax deductible from German taxes).

Art Laboratory Berlin e.V.
Berliner Volksbank
IBAN:DE20100900002078156000
BIC:BEVODEBB


We wish to continue to be able, with your help, to create a place of artistic and scientific discussion on current topics.
We also want to continue the discussions on aesthetic strategies of coexistence next year.
We hope that Art Laboratory Berlin will continue to function as an open platform for interdisciplinary practices
.


Whether as an individual or as a group, we are pleased to invite you to take part in our exhibitions or to arrange seminars and talks to your particular interest.


Welcome to Art Laboratory Berlin!


We wish you pleasant holidays and all the best for 2017!

Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz