[macro]biologies II: organisms
The second exhibition of the series [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies, [macro]biologies II: organisms will highlight the works of artists dealing with multi-celled organisms. Noteworthy is both the relationship of these organisms to us, as well as their roles as independent actors. The exhibition focuses on the works of three remarkable, internationally recognized artists whose work deals with multicellular organisms: Suzanne Anker (US), Brandon Ballengée (US) and Maja Smrekar (SI).
Instead of a unified conception of existence, such as “world” or “nature”, today, in the post-anthropocentric era, we find ourselves confronted rather with a multiplicity of structures, a blurring of boundaries, and a re-emergence of the object. This show is part of a series of exhibitions – [macro]biologies and [micro]biologies – dedicated to artistic reflection on current drastic changes to how we connect, relate and interrelate to the worlds around us.
Curators: Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz
Press: Olga Shmakova: presse@artlaboratory-berlin.
Suzanne Anker has been one of the key figures working for several decades at the border between art and biology, combining science, the newest technologies and a keen aesthetic sense. Art Laboratory Berlin will show the installation Astroculture (Shelf Life) which consists of multiple plant chambers with installed LED panels; Vanitas (in a Petri dish) reflecting the concept of Vanitas by employing a Petri dish, transforming labora- tory life from an object of science to an object saturated as art; and Remote Sensing, a series of work produced through rapid prototyping technology.
Brandon Ballengée pursues a sustainable form of artistic research as both an artist and a biologist in the field of herpetology. Art Laboratory Berlin will show a video documentation of his ongoing project Malamp, on which Ballengée has worked since 2001, investigating the occurrence of morphological deformities among wild amphibian populations. The exhibition also presents the video projection Requiem pour Flocons de Neige Blessés (A Requiem for Injured Snowflakes) and the video installation The Cry of Silent Forms which offers the viewer a unique microscopic view of life in wetlands.
Maja Smrekar works at the intersection of the humanities and life sciences. In 2012, working with researchers from Ljubljana, Smrekar created Crustacea deleatur (an Aksioma Production), in which she opposed indigenous crayfish with an invasive species from Australia found in a Slovene lake. The work contained a two part aquarium connected by a ladder, allowing the crustaceans to cross over and confront each other. For this exhibition Smrekar is using an invasive species found near Berlin. BioBase: risky ZOOgraphies focuses on the marble crayfish (Procambarus fallax forma virginalis), and its form of asexual reproduction called parthenongenesis.
Cooperation partners: degewo, fotoscout, Genossenschaft PA58
This exhibition is made possible in part by a generous gift from Michael Schröder.
31 May– 20 July, 2014
Vernissage/ Opening: 30 May, 8PM
Artists and curators Talk (all artists are present): 1 June, 3PM
Art Laboratory Berlin
Prinzenallee 34, 13359 Berlin
(U8 Pankstraße / S-Bahn Bornholmer Straße)
Opening hours: Fr-Sun, 2-6PM (and by appointment)