pro: if printed out, we can store in the biolab/library for later reference (Azusena, Tim). contra: printed out paper is not necessarily sustainable (Liese)
In Winter semester 2015/6 students at the Bauhaus University Weimar were offered a course on Bio art. Agar! Agar! is the result.
The Bio art course was designed as an introduction to work with live tissues, bacteria, mycelium, plants and other organisms. During the theoretical part we have discussed artworks in relation to Bio art, tried to overview them within the up to date discourses ranging from interspecies collaboration to plant communication to symbiotic relationships to transgenic organisms. In addition we have been working with non-living systems demonstrating life-like processes like crystal growing and automata patterns. Work in the biolab focused on the analysis of living systems (acetobacter, physarum, yeasts, euglena, etc.) and their relations to habitat. Living and non-living systems have been considered while sensing and recording their shifts with the help of microscopes and cameras, analyzing and interacting with them while bridging with electronics and computers, and sharing and documenting experiments online and on paper.
The exhibition is kindly supported by the Bauhaus University Weimar and its Media Environments chair (Prof. Ursula Damm).
Participants: Leon Billerbeck, Christian Doeller, (Liese Endler), Yvonne Götzl, Ioannis Oriwol, Clotilde Patin, Azucena Sanchez, Iremnur Tokac, (Trina Ukmata), Tim Vischer
Lecturer: Mindaugas Gapsevicius