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Satellite Salon // Bacteria

January 27, 2014


an evening of art-science conversations

with presentations by:
Pablo Rojas  Sissel Tolaas   Pinar Yoldas

Berlin Mitte
27th  January  2014

Our presenters:Pablo Rojas​ ​is a PhD candidate ​working at ​the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin Institut für  Mikrobiologie und Hygiene. His research ​is primarily concerned with intestinal infections ​and he also ​collaborates​ ​on biofilm diagnostics ​research. As a photographer he has exhibited in Braunschweig, Dublin and ​Quito.

Sissel Tolaas ​is​ a professional “in-betweener​​.”​ Her ​work focuses on smell, language, and communication while spanning science, art, and industry. ​She ​studied mathematics, chemistry, linguistics and art​ and in 2004 established the RE_searchLab Berlin. ​Together with​ Christina Agapakis, she won the 2012 Universität der Künste Berlin Award for Interdisciplinary Art and Science.

Pinar Yoldas is a cross-disciplinary artist and researcher and the 2013/14 resident at the Vilém Flusser Residency Programme for Artistic Research, run by transmediale and the Universität der Künste Berlin. Her work investigates social and cultural systems in regard to biological and ecological systems. Her current project ‘An Ecosystem of Excess’ is an attempt to create a post-human eco-system, a living community of speculative organisms and their environment.

Our guests:

Joanna Hoffmann​-Dietrich is an artist and Professor at the University of Arts ​i​n Poznan. Her work encompasses the exploration of many scientific concepts and practices, her most recent venture being part of the BioArts project on synthetic biology at DKFZ ​Heidelberger Life Science Lab.​

Jannis Hülsen​ is an independent designer intrigued by the possibility of making things by growing them, raising the question as to whether they are alive. Along with Stefan Schwabe he has instigated the Xylinum Cones project​: ​us​ing ​bacterial cellulose to explore our perception of new biotechnological materials.​

Reiner Maria Matysik ​ is a Berlin ​based ​artist ​who has​ exhibited ​widely ​in very diverse contexts. ​ His models of post-evolutionary organisms are situated between ​his​ vision of active evolution, ​(​evolution controlled by humans​)​ and the future forms of living biological sculptures.

PD Dr. Annette Moter ​of the ​Charité Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin ​Biofilmzentrum ​specialises in FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridization)​,​​ ​a process​ used for​ rendering ​​microorganisms ​​visible in shades of colou​r that distinguish active bacteria from dormant or dead bacteria.​

Allesandra Pace is an art historian, curator and writer and has initiated several art-science projects including a current neuroaesthetics proposal with the Berliner Medinzinhistorisches Museum. Among other works, she is the author of  ‘The Art of Science ‘in Connessioni Inattese: Crossing Scienza & Arte’ (2009).

Prof Dr Thomas Schnalke trained as a doctor and gained his Habilitation in the History of Medicine. He is the Director of the Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité and has published and organised many exhibitions on the history of medicine as well as curating art exhibitions in medical contexts.

Stefan Schwabe ​graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 2012 where he developed his exploration into the subject of “natural” and “artificial” by using bacterial cellulose to harvest artefacts. ​Recently he has been collaborating with Jannis Hülsen on the Xylinum Cones project.​

SATELLITE SALON: BACTERIA is brought to you by writer-curator Dr. Sara Barnes and artist Lucy Powell.

The salon hosts artists, scientists, writers and curators in various venues in Berlin and the UK. We aim to establish stimulating dialogue around changing themes, leading to a productive network of interested individuals with an eye to facilitating art/science collaboration.

Image: Pinar Yoldas, Stomaximus: digestive organ for a plastivorous diet ​(detail)​, 2013. Courtesy the artist.

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