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Monday 11.09.2017

Art Laboratory Berlin at Berlin Art Week | 14 – 17 September 2017

Photo by Tim Deussen/Studio Deussen from the workshop 'The forestal psyche' by Theresa Schubert

Nonhuman Agents: Presentation of past projects and upcoming program
Art Laboratory Berlin


Date of opening: 14 September 2017, 7 pm Presentation Duration: 14 September – 17 September 2017 Opening hours: 14 September 2017, 7-11 pm | 15-17 September 2017, 1 - 4 pm

Anne Schreiber

Art Laboratory Berlin
Prinzenallee 34
13359 Berlin

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Between June and November 2017, Art Laboratory Berlin presents a series of events that critically investigate the nature of “Nonhuman Agents”. During the Berlin Art Week a documentation of the first three workshops will be presented, as well as a preview of the upcoming Autumn programme of workshops, exhibitions and an international conference.

The interdisciplinary event series “Nonhuman Agents” takes into account recent philosophical approaches which question anthropocentrism. These discourses emphasize non-human perspectives through object-oriented ontology (Harman and Meillasoux); discuss nonhuman / human encounters (Haraway); postulate a 'posthumanism' (Braidotti); and examine various posthuman performative strategies such as intra-acting (Barad). A new 'de-centering' lets us draw our attention to a reality that can no longer be described in purely anthropocentric parameters.

During the Berlin Art Week, results and artefacts from the first three workshops with Alanna Lynch, Margherita Pevere, and Theresa Schubert will be presented. Additionally, Art Laboratory Berlin will give an insight into the upcoming Autumn program of workshops, exhibitions and conference. International artists, living in Berlin, invite the public to think about the non-human by means of selected artistic, performative and scientific methods. Mushrooms, mosses, lichens and bacterial processes, as well as Berlin wetlands, play a central role.

The presentation takes place in cooperation with the Berlin Network of Independent Project Spaces and Initiatives and the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Past workshops:

Alanna Lynch | Gut feelings
June 18, 2017

Margherita Pevere | Anatomy of an inter-connected system
15 July, 2017

Theresa Schubert | The forestal psyche
25 & 26 August, 2017

Upcoming workshops:

Heather Barnett + plan b (Sophia New & Daniel Belasco Rogers) | Swarm | Cell | City
23 & 24 September, 2017 | 1-5PM
20€/15€ for both days (registration necessary)

This 2-day workshop is a participatory experiment on art, performance and biology that precedes the exhibition Nonhuman Networks. The project invites the participants to view the city of Berlin by the nonhuman perspectives of the intelligent single-cell organism Physarum polycephalum and GPS tracking.

Sarah Hermanutz | ill-at-ease seep
28 October 2017

Upcoming exhibition and conference:

Group exhibition: “Nonhuman Networks”
Heather Barnett| Saša Spačal with Mirjan Švagelj & Anil Podgornik
Opening: 29 September, 2017, 8 pm | Exhibition runs: 30 September - 26 November, 2017
Artist Talk with Heather Barnett and Saša Spačal: 30 September, 3 pm

Interdisciplinary Conference: “Nonhuman Agents in Art, Culture and Theory”
24 - 26 November, 2017

Finally, an interdisciplinary conference will bring together international artists, scholars, and natural scientists from different disciplines to discuss artistic, philosophical, ethical and scientific approaches to nonhuman agents. The previous positions from the “Nonhuman Subjectivities”-series will also be taken into account.

With the generous support of:
Senate Department for Culture and Europe Department of Culture

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Cooperation partner:
Studio Deussen