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Apr 11, 2018

Climate change and migration - Scientific Talk with Diana Hummel and Lukas Drees

This lecture will be in German Language. Please check the German Website for more information.
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Andreas Greiner (DE) & Tyler Friedman (US)
„Study 01“, „The Molecular Ordering Of Computational Plants“

The collaboration between Andreas Greiner and Tyler Friedman started in 2014 and can be seen as an ongoing project of sharing thoughts and combining skills and knowledge. With an interest in speculative biology, their works are a trajectory in progress, charting a thought experiment that proposes organic-cellular structures as hyper-complex computational devices, contributing to an imaginary strain of futurology in which intergalatic- space is quantum and life is electric. To this end, Andreas’ visual elements combine with Tylers’ sound and science fiction offers reflection on living sculpture, rendering a multi-sensory experience in the exhibition space.
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Filippa Pettersson & Tamara Antonijevic interview on 7AM

The performance is set in an office environment under water, where the audience can witness three creatures doing their routines. I wouldn’t call it a futuristic scenario, it’s rather an impression of these imagined beings that look and act a lot like humans. However, as the performance unfolds, it becomes clear that there is something off about them and that they are maybe not human at all.
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Superflex (DNK)
„Flooded McDonald's“

Superflex is a collective comprised of the Danish artists Jacob Fenger (b. 1968), Rasmus Nielsen (b. 1969), and Bjørnstjerne Reuter Christiansen (b. 1969), who have been working together since 1993. They consider their works as a way to question systems of power, capitalism, and the potential of artistic practice in different social fields. They have received international attention with their provocative political initiatives such as their 2007 campaign to include Palestine in the “Eurovision Song Contest”, and their cooperation with Brazilian farmers to create an energy drink called “Guaraná Power”. More recently, in 2017, they exhibited fully functional medical equipment, which was subsequently sent to a hospital in the western Syrian city of Salamiyah. In exchange for purchasing this work, the potential collector receives a photograph of this post-readymade in its original exhibition setting.
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ISOE Design Labs

Jan 9, 2018

Workshops for a more sustainable way of living in the city

The Workshops will take place in German language. Please check the German website for more information.
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Carolina Caycedo (EN)
„Esto no es agua / This Is Not Water“, „Foresight Filaments“

Carolina Caycedo’s artistic practice unites activism and art. She translates her research, interviews, and documentation into objects, drawings, and videos meant to be shown in exhibition contexts. Territorial resistance, the fight for the rights of indigenous populations and their environment, is a central aspect of her work. Through visual forms, sounds, and lectures she spotlights unspoken realities and ecocides around the world and opens up space for potential discussions and paradigm shifts. Water elements have become particularly central in her work; as Caycedo has stated, “In Indigenous cosmogonies of the Americas, all bodies of water are connected. Rivers are the veins of the planet, their waters associate communities and ecosystems.” In a subtle way, she brings the public’s attention to some of the biggest environmental catastrophes of our time— affecting rivers, indigenous populations, and ecosystems in South America, from Colombia to Brazil—and thus mediates the voices of the local population directly affected by the unrestrained exploitation of natural resources through methods like mining and hydropower. Although the latter is often considered a source of green energy, some countries have become aware of the ecological risks and damage caused by dams and have begun to dismantle them. Nevertheless, while Western countries have started this process on their own land, the same companies have started to develop massive plants in the Global South: no less than 250 new constructions have been planned for South America, which will affect the entire biotope.
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Hicham Berrada (MAR)
„Celeste“

Hicham Berrada’s artistic approach centers on the experimental use of chemical substances as materials. In his installations, performances and film-based works he relies on these chemicals to provoke reactions, which often evoke associations of microscopic, ephemeral forms of natural organisms and landscapes. The artist not only places the focus on the poetry of spontaneously occurring processes with his works, but also critically explores the late-modernist view of a nature that can be dominated by science and technology.

5 Questions with Mario Pfeifer

1. What does the idea of a non-human world mean to you? Do you see it as an inspiring artistic proposition or as a real possibility for the near future? I would say it's a rather scary proposition. Therefore it can be an inspiring idea for an artist. In my case, I find it more inspiring to think about how to avoid such a scenario and wonder what would the conditions for a non-human world be: war, disaster—or an outlook on a better habitat than we currently live in. How realistic is it? Well, it's more realistic with world leaders who use language like, “We are going to bomb the shit out of you,” or, “Climate change is a hoax,” than with more progressive thinkers who want to make sure we live a sustainable life on earth. Another aspect is that innovators preparing for civilian space travel might conquer another habitat and make it unattractive to stay on Earth for a certain group of civilians, namely the rich, the smart, and the biologically most advanced human beings. It's inspiring to think critically about these conditions, but I am more in favour of making life on Earth more equal and sustainable.
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Julian Charrière (CH)
„Iroojrilik“, „Pacific Fiction—Study for a Monument“

Stones, or natural elements such as lithium and salt, say a lot about human behavior and history. Julian Charrière travels around the world in order to play with these elements in a deeply poetic way. He has climbed an iceberg off the coast of Iceland, confronted radioactive regions in Kazakhstan, and crossed a desert in the south of Bolivia. Inspired by science-fiction visions such as “The Terminal Beach” by J. G. Ballard, he has developed a corpus of work that explores broadly the consequences of atomic power and radioactivity.
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Interview with Jeronimo Voss

1. The exhibition is based on the narrative of a non-human world. This theme defines the context for the artists and visitors as well as for the additional education program. For your project you decided to stage holograms of bookshelves photographed in living rooms. What is your main interest in this topic? I got the idea when I read about the ancient mythology of Cassandra. Cassandra is the seer that herself isn’t seen. According to Greek mythology her prophecies are ignored by her fellow Trojan citizens because she is cursed by a god whom she refuses to have sex with. As a priest, as a seer, she states that this society will not sustain itself much longer. So she knows about the social crisis that surrounds her – a knowledge that is probably not supernatural given that Troy is besieged by Greek enemy soldiers. As a result, she is not only ignored but even considered a traitor. I think this story speaks a lot about those who still deal with the truth of the current and future social reality and it’s unfolding crisis, how powerless it can feel to analyse and speak about this crisis without being able to directly having an impact on it – just think of the hatred people can face in today’s “post-factual” media world. Allan Sekula once stated: “the old myth that photographs tell the truth has been replaced by the new myth that they lie.” So I decided to stage photographs of bookshelves in a Cassandrian setting. In my view Cassandra’s caves today are living rooms filled with knowledge about the ongoing crisis of the last 3000 years of class society. If humanity will really end in self-extinction one probably would find an answer for how and why this happened in these caves.
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Marcela Armas (ME)
„TSINAMEKUTA“

Decolonization is not always only a matter of identity and roots, but also may involve the liberation of environment and nature. It is no secret that even today, western globalist companies are impacting the cultures, societies, and environments of Latin American countries. This imbrication of consequences are essential aspects of Marcela Armas’s artistic research. Through installations, handmade technological apparatuses, and films she investigates the mechanisms and processes of de- and re-territorialization.
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Jeronimo Voss (DE)
"Cassandra's Cave"

In his artistic practice Jeronimo Voss mostly creates installation works that can be interpreted as multilayered designs for historic and parallel worlds. By means of montages of slides and various projection methods he conjures up narrative spatial situations which are not only defined by the intermingling of the past, present, and future, but which also trace the overlapping of pictorial and social reality. Recurring focal points of his artistic exploration can be found in the cosmopolitical interpretations of astronomical hypotheses and the critical examination of neo-liberal promises of progress.
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Uriel Orlow (CH)
„Remnants of The Future“

Uriel Orlow’s artistic practice is defined by a research- and process-oriented approach and the recurring use of the media film, photography, drawing, and sound. Using these he designs multimedia installations in which he relates different image regimes and narrative modes. His interest centers on the exploration of concealed micro-histories, whose specific locations and spatial inscriptions he reveals and investigates in his works.
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Galina Leonova (RUS)
„Air“

In her artistic work Galina Leonova explores the transformation of social and moral value systems and the epistemological grasp of our reality against the backdrop of current technological advances. She particularly addresses this thematic field in the context of installations and filmic works in which she reflects upon the specific points of intersection between our human lifeworld and the new media in an experimental manner. At the same time, her artistic approach involves a recurrent exploration of various forms of future scenarios, which serve her as a fictional point of reflection for analyzing current developments.

I have 5 questions Mr. Orlow

1. What does the idea of a non-human world mean to you? Do you see it as an inspiring artistic proposition or as a real possibility for the near future? The world is non-human, we are the last to arrive to the party - and we are definitely spoiling the fun.
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Will There Come Soft Rains?
with Carolina Caycedo

1. What does the idea of a non-human world mean to you? Do you see it as an inspiring artistic proposition or as a real possibility for the near future? It's a world where we understand that processes of representation and of production of knowledge are not exclusively human. A non/human world is a pluriverse where many worlds are possible, instead of a Universe where everything is determined by the white male colonizer human experience.  In many places of Latin America the post human evidences itself today, the fact that the earth is a subject with rights as determined in the constitutions or Bolivia or Ecuador, or that in Colombia the Atrato River has also gained legal rights, are more institutional manifestations. But if you look at the everyday of indigenous and rural communities in the Andean regions, and the Amazon Basin, amongst others, you will find post human worlds, where water, rocks, stones, emeralds, fish, corn and other non/human spirits are considered social active agents in the everyday socio-politics of the community. The Colombian sociologist Arturo Escobar calls this 'Pensamiento de la Tierra' (Thought of the Earth), it manifests through a vast array of popular movements across the continent that are based on their unique and constitutive relation to localized nature and to their territories. For these communities, the rivers, the mountains, even the forest are like family, and they take on active roles in the collective efforts of territorial resistance against extractivist industries.  For example, a river can overflow to halt the construction of a dam, or the ground can tremble to complicate a mine operation.  So actually I think that there are non-human worlds happening today, they have been happening for millennia, but colonial and extractivist structures have made a great deal to erase them.

Pinar Yoldas

1. What does the idea of a non-human world mean to you? Do you see it as an inspiring artistic proposition or as a real possibility for the near future? I do not get a kick out of the possibility of a non-human world. Since humans emerged as a species who dominated the planet, a world without humans would mean that our models for civilization failed us. I do not find inspiration in the mass failure of human cultures, to live harmoniously with other organisms inhabiting Earth. My inspiration comes from the intrinsic and undeniable beauty of the natural world in its all complexity to the point that we understand it with our science or by other means we have been endowed with. Yet it is very humbling to accept that human beings may or may not be around let’s say in the next 500 years. It is the same kind of humbling thought that one could get when one understands their own death.
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Pinar Yoldas (TR)
„Ecosystem of Excess“

In her roles as artist, designer and scientist Pinar Yoldas takes an interdisciplinary approach to the field of biological phenomena, as well as to the use of digital technologies. She creates extensive installations, kinetic objects and film-based works focused on contemporary issues surrounding post-humanism, eco-nihilism and a feminist-oriented techno-science.
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The Molecular Ordering Of Computational Plants

Mar 12, 2018

Andreas Greiner und Tyler Friedman in conversation with Desiree Förster

Andreas Greiner und Tyler Friedman sprechen mit Desiree Förster über ihre künstlerische Praxis und Zusammenarbeit. Der in Berlin lebende Künstler Andreas Greiner (*1979, Aachen) schloss sein Studium 2013 an Olafur Eliassons Institut für Raumexperimente ab. Im Rahmen seiner interdisziplinär angelegten Praxis nähert er sich auf experimentelle Weise naturwissenschaftlichen Phänomenen, technologischen Entwicklungen sowie einem auf Prozesshaftigkeit basierenden Skulpturenbegriff an. Jüngst waren Greiners Arbeiten in Ausstellungen des Sprengel Museums in Hannover (2017), des Neuen Berliner Kunstvereins (2017), des Art Center Nabi in Seoul (2017) und der Berlinischen Galerie (2016) zu sehen. Für sein Schaffen erhielt Greiner zahlreiche Auszeichnungen, darunter den Preis für junge Kunst des NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstvereins (2014) und den GASAG Kunstpreis der Berlinischen Galerie (2016). Der Komponist, Produzent und Sound-Künstler Tyler Friedman (*1983 San Diego) studierte unter anderem Komposition am Reed College in Portland und an der Goldsmiths University in London. In seiner Arbeit verschränkt er Elemente aus dem Feld des Sound-Designs mit digitalen und analogen Studiotechniken sowie Methoden der konzeptuellen Imagination. Zu Friedmans wichtigsten Veröffentlichungen zählen die Eps Revolve (2012), und Vulkalaunai/Wallouian (2016). Ein aktueller Schwerpunkt seines Schaffens liegt im Bereich der performativen Musikologie. 2012 verantwortete Friedman unter anderem die musikalische Ausgestaltung des Films The Radiant der Otolith Group. Seit 2014 entwickelt er regelmäßig Projekte mit dem Künstler Andreas Greiner. Desiree Förster ist Promotionsstudentin und akademische Mitarbeiterin am Institut für Künste und Medien, Universität Potsdam. Sie studierte Philosophie, Komparatistik und Medienkulturanalyse in Bochum und Düsseldorf, arbeitete u.a. als Programmassistentin am Haus der Kulturen der Welt (2013-2016), wo sie die Projekte „A Matter Theater“ und „Technosphere“ konzeptionell wesentlich mitentwickelte und teilweise koordinierte. Des Weiteren kuratiert und organisiert sie Veranstaltungen in Zusammenarbeit mit der freien Projektszene Berlins. Ihre Forschungsinteressen liegen in der experimentellen Erforschung des Verhältnisses von Mensch und environment, der Erprobung neuer Perspektiven auf den Menschen in Verbindung mit nichtmenschlichen Anderen – als verwoben in hybride, biotische und abiotische Milieus –, sowie den hier möglich und nötig werdenden soziopolitischen Handlungsfeldern. Das Werk von Andreas Greiner entstand im Rahmen seines Stipendiums des innogy VISIT-Programms.
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Mario Pfeifer (DE)
„#BLACKTIVIST“

Mario Pfeifer’s artistic practice is expressed in filmic works and video installations, by means of which he sheds light on representational systems and socio-political backgrounds from a number of different cultures. His works relate to specific questions about society, the wider contexts of which he explores and documents through extensive local research. At the same time the musical and acoustic dimensions of his works assume a special role, being frequently closely linked to the works’ thematic and visual aspects.