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Knotting Time at Villa Merkel, Esslingen


Our new installation Knotting Time is coming together for the group show Networking the Unseen at Villa Merkel curated by Gretta Louw. If you are near Esslingen, do pop by on the 17th December between 11:00–15:00 where we will be in the gallery showing how to knot our data carpets. Related to the carpets we are also displaying pen plots of the time spent inside and outside over the years 2016 and 2015 and a video about the process of making the carpets with others.

The exhibition officially opens on 20th December and runs till 4th March.

Nonhuman Networks opening

Join us this Friday 29 September at 8.00pm where you can see the outcomes of our Swarm Cell City slime mould workshop at Art Laboratory Berlin. The exhibition features Heather Barnett und Saša Spacal and will run until 26 November. Opening times are Friday – Sunday 2-6pm or by appointment.

The Hidden Choreography video now online

We’ve uploaded our video so that everyone who didn’t make it to Depot Erbe in Freiburg this year can see what we made. You can find it at the bottom of the Hidden Choreography page. Thanks again to everyone who participated.

Swarm Cell City workshop with Heather Barnett at Art Laboratory, Berlin

We are looking forward to collaborating with the London-based artist Heather Barnett on a two-day workshop on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September at Art Laboratory Berlin, Prinzenallee 34, 13359 Berlin.

The project invites the participants to view the city of Berlin by the nonhuman perspectives of the intelligent single-cell organism, the slime mould, Physarum polycephalum and GPS tracking.

After a day discovering and experimenting with living slime mould cultures under Heather’s expert guidance, on the second day, we will ask what it is to embody slime mould and how to adopt its techniques for spatial investigation onto the urban petri dish of Wedding.

We will develop our own ‘stigmergic’ rules (leaving traces in environment that affect the behaviour of others) as well as seeing whether we can all develop a sense of being one organism that explores its environment.

Dan and Sophia’s particular area of expertise with GPS will be used to track our excursions as slime mould across the urban space and after the workshop, animations of the group’s explorations will contribute to the final exhibition.

The workshop costs 20/15 EUR for both days which run from 1-5pm. Please register by sending an email to register@artlaboratory-berlin.org

What Will We Do When the World Ends – report

If you weren’t able to be in Berlin this Summer for our workshop at the UdK and Hybrid Lab, you can read a report of how it went here, written by a participant, our intern and master latch hook rug maker, Robin Sydney Willscheidt.

Talking jacquard looms at Janus and Arachne

Jacquard weave Eva Koziol Fabric: Eva Koziol, photo: Robin Sydney Willscheidt

Thanks to Mona Kuschel, we met Eva Koziol last week of Janus and Arachne here in Berlin to find out about jacquard loom weaving, leaving with a lot more knowledge about the process and some wonderful samples of her work like this portrait above. We are planning to encode our GPS data in fabric for a forthcoming exhibition curated by Gretta Louw at the Villa Merkel in Esslingen later this year. Thanks also to our current intern from Stanford University, Robin Sydney Willscheidt for accompanying us and taking some pictures. We call the visualisation we are working on a ‘birch forest visualisation’ and you can find out more about it here.

What Will We Do When the World Ends?

…is the name of the four-day workshop we will run as part of Studium Generale and the Berlin Summer University of the Arts at the UdK. Through discussions, excursions around the city and sessions of different practical exploratory thinking and doing, we will explore the application of ideas about what to do in a society that may change radically during our lifetimes and how it may look.

It will run Friday 23 until Monday 26 June between 10am-5pm at the HybridLab, Villa Bell, Marchstr. 8, 10587 Berlin