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Art Laboratory Berlin: Nonhuman Subjectivities: The Other Selves. On the Phenomenon of the Microbiome - 23 Jan 2016 to 3 Feb 2016

Current Exhibition

23 Jan 2016 to 3 Feb 2016
Open: Fri-Sun, 2-6 PM and by appointment
Opening 26 February, 2016
Art Laboratory Berlin
Prinzenallee 34
T: +49 (0)172/176 55 59

Franšois-Joseph Lapointe, 1000 Handshakes, Performance, 2014

Artists in this exhibition: various

Nonhuman Subjectivities:
The Other Selves. On the Phenomenon of the Microbiome

Opening 26 February, 2016

In the run up to our next series Nonhuman Subjectivities, opening 26 February 2016 with the exhibition The Other Selves. On the Phenomenon of the Microbiome, we are glad to announce a series of events together with the Vorspiel programme of the transmediale and CTM.

23 January, 2016
, 8PM - Sarah Hermanutz: Mind Blind: Therapeutic Interventions for Human/Nonhuman Communications
In her performance-lecture Sarah Hermanutz will explore "Mind-Blindness", a concept from autism research, providing a speculative framework for the diagnosis and treatment of humanity's ongoing struggles to understand and interact with a non-human world.

24 January, 2016
- Nenad Popov Art Science Swap - Two Heads Are Better than One
2PM - In this workshop pairs of artists and scientists reflect about the same problem using their own methodology, and then swapping: Scientists follow an artistic approach, artists follow a scientific one.
5PM - At the end of the workshop there will be interviews with the participants and presentation of results to a larger public.

30 January 2016
, 7PM - Book launch and presentation by Rüdiger Trojok
Biohacking - Gentechnologie für alle, Franzis Publishing House (in German)
In the last several years a global movement of citizen scientists has developed with biology as a particular focus: their work has become known as biohacking. This book serves all those interested in this topic as well as beginners by offering a basic understanding of the world from a molecular biological perspective, teaches how to read and write DNA and discusses the future technological and social implication of our newly gained ability to program life.

31 January, 2016
, 3-6PM - Science Café with Berlin iGEM team
The iGEM Berlin team ( will recap their project for the 2015 International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition (iGEM) in Boston, as well as present ideas for 2016. Art Laboratory Berlin and iGem Berlin invite you to discuss ideas, projects and implications of current trends in the life sciences in an open cafe environment.

3 February, 2016 - Opening Night of transmediale/conversation piece

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures, John-Foster-Dulles Allee 100, 10557 Berlin)

As part of the opening of the 2016 transmediale festival of art & digital culture at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Art Laboratory Berlin will present the performance 1000 Handshakes by François-Joseph Lapointe, curated by Regine Rapp und Christian de Lutz. During this performative experiment Lapointe will shake hands with people, gradually changing the invisible microbial community in the palm of his hand. The DNA of this microbiome, whose samples were taken from his skin during the performance, will then be analysed to reveal how our contact with others shapes the microbes between us, how it changes who we are. The performance raises awareness through physical and social engagement, through acts of participation and exchange on social, individual and microbial levels. The handshake is a basic and ancient act of networking, forms the beginning of a social, scientific and artistic collaboration between the performer and the public. The results will form part of the exhibition The Other Selves. On the Phenomenon of the Microbiome opening later that month at Art Laboratory Berlin. During the transmediale there will also be a talk with François-Joseph Lapointe and curators Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz (time and location TBA).

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