[resource-net] Vernissage: [macro]biologies II: organisms 30 May, 8PM

cdelutz at artlaboratory-berlin.org cdelutz at artlaboratory-berlin.org
Sun May 25 08:54:10 CEST 2014

Art Laboratory Berlin Presents :

[macro]biologies II: 

Suzanne Anker

 Opening: 30 May, 8 PM
Exhibition runs: 31 May – 20 July 
Opening hours: Fr-Sun, 14-18h (and by 
Artists and curators Talk (all artists are present): 1 June, 3 
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 (U.S.), Brandon Ballengée (U.S.) and Maja Smrekar (SI).

Suzanne Anker 
The American artist and theoretician Suzanne 
Anker has been one of the key figures working at the border between art and 
biology for several decades. Her work combines inquiry into science and the 
newest technologies with a keen aesthetic sense. At Art 
Laboratory Berlin Anker will show several series of works: The installation Astroculture (Shelf Life) was first shown in 2009. It consists of  three plant 
chambers with installed LED panels. Surprisingly, although the grown plants 
appeared to be fuschia-colored, they in fact were green. The work manifests the 
possibility of growing herbs in any light deprived apartment.Remote Sensing is a 
series of work produced through rapid prototyping technology. The three 
dimensional working software program converts the image into an object. The 
resultant sculpture shares resonance with pictorial maps and landscapes employed 
by remote sensing. In the series Vanitas 
(in a Petri dish) Suzanne Anker 
reflects the concept of Vanitas by employing a Petri dish as the site of 
laboratory life in which the Petrie dish changes from an object of science to an 
object saturated as art. 
More information:   http://www.suzanneanker.com/

The American artist Brandon Ballengée pursues 
a sustainable form of artistic research in his metier as a visual artist in the 
field of bioart and as a biologist in the field of herpetology. Art Laboratory 
Berlin will show video documentation of his ongoing project Malamp 
Reliquaries , on which Ballengée has worked in various forms 
since 2001. The project's aim is to investigate the potentially unnaturally high 
occurrence of morphological deformities among wild amphibian populations. The exhibition also presents two other works of Ballengée 
developed in the course of his artistic and scientific research: the video 
projection Requiem pour Flocon de Neige Blesses (A Requiem for 
Injured Snowflakes) and the video installation The Cry 
of Silent Forms made up of eight monitors of different sizes arranged 
horizontally on the floor.
More information:   http://brandonballengee.com 

Maja Smrekar
Maja Smrekar is an emerging young 
artist from Ljubljana, Slovenia, connecting the intersections of humanities 
and natural sciences with her main interest in the concept of life. 
In 2012, working together with researchers from the Department for 
Freshwater and Land Ecosystems at the National Institute of Biology in Ljubljana/Slovenia, 
Smrekar built the installation Crustacea deleatur (an Aksioma Production). This project explores the problem of invasive 
species, for instance the interaction of European (indigenous) 
and non-European (tropical, invasive) crayfish.For the exhibition at Art Laboratory Berlin 
Smrekar has continued to develop this project and will present the installation Crustacea deleatur  in a different form as BioBase: 
risky ZOOgraphies focussing on the marble crayfish 
(Procambarus fallax forma virginalis ), and its form of asexual 
reproduction in which growth and development of embryos occur without 
fertilization, called parthenongenesis. Since the spring of 2013, in this 
context, there has been an intensive exchange between Smrekar and Prof. Dr. 
Scholtz from the Institute of Biology (Humboldt University of Berlin), one of 
the leading specialists in the marble crayfish 
More information:http://majasmrekar.org/crustacea-deleatur

 Curators: Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz
Press: Olga Shmakova

Prinzenallee 34
13359 Berlin
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