"EMBRACING WATERY CARE. What We Can Learn from Rivers in Times of Ecological Crisis" – Workshop with Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz

DIY Hack the Panke: Wasserpank, workshop by the artists Kat Austen and Nenad Popov, Art Laboratory Berlin, summer 2019, photo: Art Laboratory Berlin

!!NOTE!!! Due to new developments in the global COVID-19 situation we unfortunately have to postpone the workshop until a later time!

Our current human-induced ecological crisis can be only addressed in a radical interdisciplinary way: By exploring current hybrid art projects that combined artistic research with current scientific research topics this 2-day workshop invites the students to study, discuss and understand various approaches to understanding the importance of and caring for urban water ways – both from a theoretical and practical point of view. The workshop will discuss recent projects related to Art Laboratory Berlin and relevant theoretical texts will be read. In addition, students will be invited to practically explore urban watery sites and realize a performative Walk & Talk along the “Wienfluss” including some practical experiments (including building a density column).

The workshop takes place under the Angewandte COVID regulations.

Regine Rapp is an art historian, curator and director of Art Laboratory Berlin. Her current research focuses on installation art, artist books, hybrid art, and art-science collaborations. She has taught art history at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle. As co-founder and director of Art Laboratory Berlin, she researches, curates and publishes on 21st century art at the interface of science and technology. In this context she conceived the international conferences Synaesthesia. Discussing a Phenomenon in the Arts, Humanities and (Neuro)Science (2013), Nonhuman Agents (2017), The Camille Diaries (2020) and Under the Viral Shadow (2021). She co-edited Mind the Fungi, published at TU Berlin University Press in December 2020.

Christian de Lutz is a curator, co-founder and co-director of Art Laboratory Berlin, where he has curated over 40 exhibitions, including the series Time & Technology, Synaesthesia, [Macro]biologies & [Micro]biologies, and Nonhuman Subjectivities. His curatorial work focuses on the interface of art, science and technology in the 21st century, with special attention given to bioart, DIY science initiatives and facilitating collaborations between artists and scientists. His interest is in building multidisciplinary networks and unleashing their creative potential. He is currently involved in collaborative cultural projects connecting Berlin with other cities in Europe and Asia, building international networks for art-science and DIWO (Do-It-With-Others) communities.

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