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 ( 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

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

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

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Weekly Meetups with Biotinkering e.V. at Art Laboratory Berlin

Bio & Beers | every Thursday with Biotinkering e.V.
A project of Dr. Mirela Alister, Rüdiger Trojok and Biotinkering e.V.

The Bio & Beers format is for everyone: we start with a 20 minutes presentation, followed by discussions while having beers. In additon there will be occasional DIY workshops!

October 6 · 7:00 PM  DIY Biology/Spectrometry – Rock ur Rainbow
with Alessandro Voltape
The main interest of DIY (Do It Yourself) biologists is to give everyone the possibility to answer biological questions affecting more or less their lives. The first step towards that, is to enable citizens to execute experiments in self-organized laboratory. The need for more advanced tools led to the development of cheap, but functional lab tools.
In this talk I will present the project that was taken on at the Science Hack Day Berlin by the wonderful DIY Spectrometer team!

This device was created by Public Lab ( during the deep water horizon oil spill to detect mineral oil in water.

But this device can be used for other purposes, for example to understand the worries of the Consumer and Health Scientific Committees about light sources at home.

"With the growing use of energy saving lamps and the development of new lighting technologies, comes the worry that some people who have conditions that react to light might be negatively affected by this shift. Can these new artificial light sources affect the health of the general public or of light-sensitive people?"
Source: EU Comission - Consumer and Health Scientific Committees with this cheap and portable spectrometer and your smartphone you can check all the lights in your environment (home/work/school/etc.) and have a better understanding about the worries of the scientific committes.

Moreover Dr. Kat F. Austen will be our guest and will tell and discuss with us the results of her work. She is applying spectrometry for food analysis  

October 13 · 7:30 PM: Bio & Beers - Digital Microfluidics Hacking

This week's topic: DropBot - Digital microfluidics for everyone

Presenter: Ryan and Christian Fobel

Currently researcher in Wheeler's lab, Toronto, Canada, Ryan and Christian have built DropBot, a digital microfluidic biochip.

Here is more about their vision: their short presentation, we will join them for an intense hacking session.

October 15 · 12:00 PM: Growing Cellulose - Workshop
Microbial cellulose is a material with unique aesthetic properties: delicate and sensuous, it resembles skin and bodily matter. Not only: once dried, it has paper-like attitude. The best thing is that you can cultivate it yourself!

Margherita Pevere will teach us how to get directly involved in the adventurous life of microbial colonies and show us her unique way to grow cellulose.

We will learn how to grow Glucoacetobacter Xylinus with DIY recipes, compare different kinds of cultures, how to protect them from mold, how to dry cellulose and use it creatively.

-----------workshop schedule-----------
12:00 - 12:30 Microbial cellulose fundamentals: what it is, how it grows, different kind of cultures
12:30 - 13:00 Preparing the media: DIY recipe based on soy derivatives; Tricks to to protect cultures from mold
13:00 - 13:40 Creative prototyping
13:45 - 14:00 DIY Bio code of conduct
14:00 - 15:00 Lunch and discussions

Presenter: Margherita Pevere, artist and researcher at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.  

October 27 · 7:00 PM: Bio & Beers - Messenger DNA

November 3 · 7:00 PM: Bio & Kombucha tea - introducing Movember

November 10 · 7:00 PM: DIY CRISPR-CAS
If you are interested in what and how you can use gene technology at home, tonight is the perfect occasion to learn about it. Ruediger Trojok will introduce the latest techniques for genetic modification (CRISPR-CAS) and will discuss the legal aspects of DIY genetic engineering.

November 17 · 7:00 PM: Do it together Art and Science
Can Art and Science work together?

Joanna and Mert will bring in their experience to discuss the potentials of a program that brings together artists and scientists for a long term collaboration.

Presenters: Joanna Szlauderbach ( and Mert Akbal (

November 24 · 7:00 PM:  Workshop: Brewing kombucha

December 1-3 · 7:00 PM: Biohack academy: DIY Gene TechnologyA workshop on DIY Synthetic Biology led by Rüdiger Trojok
During this 3-day workshop we will clone GFP and transform E. Coli.
December 8 · 7:00 PM: Bio & Beers end of the year brainstorm

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Video documentation of the seminar Living Systems | Aquatic Systems online

Complete video documentation of the seminar Living Systems | Aquatic Systems featuring talks by Regine Rapp, Robertina Šebjanič and Kat Austen, with moderation by Christian de Lutz can be found at

Monday, September 19, 2016

Seminar: Living Systems | Aquatic Systems

with Robertina Šebjanič, Kat Austen, Regine Rapp (moderated by Christian de Lutz)
in the framework of the exhibition Aural Aquatic Presence featuring work by Robertina Šebjanič .

18 September, 2016, 2-6PM

 The current exhibition project artistically explores the interplay and intercommunication between animal and machine while focusing on the aquatic environment. Within this framework we want to invite you to our seminar which will theoretically explore these and other aspects about artistic and scientific methodologies on interspecies empathy and human-nonhuman companionship.

Regine Rapp
Art and Object-Oriented Perception. Reflecting Living Systems in Contemporary Art

Based on the concept and exhibition series Nonhuman Subjectivities the presentation will theoretically reflect several artists and their specific artistic interest in nonhuman agents. Different artistic strategies will be presented to discuss the manifold aesthetic approaches to the phenomenon of object-oriented perception. Be it narrative strategies, aesthetic strategies of immersion, bridging medical historical phenomena with gender issues, or combining scientific laboratory and art practices – it is challenging to explore a variety of artistic approaches towards the nonhuman. The counter-linguistic turn as well as the concept of cooperative actions can serve as a useful theoretical ground within the debate.

Robertina Šebjanič
Subjectivity and the Aquatocene

The most substantial aims of the audiovisual performance Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva sonification (2015) are to explore the phenomena of interspecies communication, sonification of the environment and the underwater acoustic/ bioacoustics. Her new installation Subaquatic / Aquatocene sound scape (2016) reflects about the immersion into the underwater acoustic environment and the sound and noise pollution produced there by human presence. The project explores the relationship between sound, nature and society and encourages rethinking the human impact on the (under)water habitat as well as the establishment and maintainance of safe audio environments for animals that live in the oceans and seas.

Kat Austen

Experiments in Interspecies Empathy: The Coral Empathy Device

We have a lot in common with coral. It builds shelter to protect itself, and lives in symbiosis with microorganisms, which – like our microbiome – help it to survive. Coral acts like a steward to much other marine life, providing a home for the algae with which it lives symbiotically, and creating reefs that are one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. Using stewardship as a common starting point, Kat will discuss her piece The Coral Empathy Device (2016) in the context of exploring interspecies empathy through artistic investigations into the marine environment and human perception. Drawing on an approach that melds together multiple knowledges, Kat will explain both the conceptual approach and her methodologies in the research and creation of a piece that challenges the audience physically to prompt a lived experience connecting human-in-air and coral-in-water.