This weekend MU is adding additional content and engaging depth to the exhibition Beyond Borders and Binaries with a public program consisting of lectures, film and workshops.
Friday evening, March 24th
Curator and writer Ariane Koek, founder of Arts at CERN has made it her mission to bring the arts & sciences together. She will be giving a lecture on the future-now of art science technology and nature. Regular visitors of MU may know her also as one of the co-curators of MU's Real Feelings exhibition in the summer of 2021, as well as a juror for the BAD Award 2022. In her lecture she will question the complex history of the mostly Western dichotomy, that is putting science and technology opposite to nature and the planet. Combining this with her fascination for geological slowness and accelerating technologies.
The second speaker is Adriana Knouf, whose work is also part of the exhibition. She will be talking about and showing their newest film Temporal Transfer Orbit (TTO). A meditation on space colonialism, queer transformation and non-human space travel. Told through archival footage and intimate shots of project TX-2:MOONSHADOW. At the end of the evening both Ariane and Adriana are open to a conversation with the audience.
Doors open at 7:30pm and the lectures start at 8:00pm. This is event is free.
*Language of the lectures will be English.
Saturday afternoon, March 25th
There will be three workshops inside the exhibition Beyond Borders and Binaries, by three of the participating artists. The first two workshops start at 13.00 in the setting of the installations they are connected to.
Workshop 1 | 13.00 - 14.45 : How to Make an Ocean - the performance workshop
Artist Kasia Molga will take a group into a guided group meditation performed with the help of the Moirologist Bot, that is at the core of her project How to Make an Ocean. In this performance-workshop the artist takes participants through her research on the possibility of cultivating marine ecosystems in human tears. By creating an ambient and safe atmosphere participants can allow themselves to cry. Each participant is provided with a "tears' lab set” and should they cry, they can collect their tears. The second part of the performance is a choreographed demonstration of how to harvest tears using the Tears Tools and turn them into the mini-oceans. At the end participants have a choice to take their mini-oceans with them or donate them to the How to Make an Ocean collection of tears. They will then become a permanent part of this artwork.
Workshop 2 | 13.00 - 15.00 : Hacking Heuristics - the workshop
BAD Award winning artist Marlot Meijer, scientist Marcel de Jeu and AI-programmer Arran Lyon have collaborated on creating the interactive and 'learning' installation Hacking Heuristics. This installation is a participative experience which explores how artificial intelligence can assist us in a regeneration of our natural biological communication without the use of language. To see what this process looks like in your body, between one another, your mind and emotions. And what the interpretation of these things look like in the eyes of an artificial intelligence. During the workshop you will participate in the experience and gain insights from the neuroscientist, artist and coder. They will breakdown the social, scientific and algorithmic aspects of your interaction with the work and with each other.
Workshop 3 | 15.00 - 17.00 : MUD & FLOOD ~ The Return of Nehalennia - the workshop
BAD Award winning collective Nonhuman Nonsense have created a temple like setting in which they resurrect the pre-Roman goddess Nehalennia, who was worshipped by sailors and merchants sailing the North Sea. They believe Nehalennia can become a contemporary hydrofeminist deity who can help us break down the harsh stone barriers between land and sea. As to overcome our fear of, and fight against the water. Nehalennia can teach us not to turn our backs against the mud and the water. But rather work collaboratively again and make space for an eco-system in which humans and non-humans can thrive, in our radically changing climate. In this workshop new rituals for Nehalennia will be collectively created - with mud, apples and brackisch water.
*Language of the workshops will be English.
Photo: Max Kneefel