‘Membranes Out of Order’, examining multiple perspectives of engagement emerging from art, biotech & ecology, Lyndsey Walsh, δημοσίευση στο CLOT Magazine [6/1/2023]Marilena Pateraki
Responding to the uses (and potential misuses) of biotechnology and the interwoven socio-political, biological, and cognitive connotations of their implementation, Membranes Out of Order is an exhibition examining the multiplicities of perspectives and lenses of engagement emerging from the umbrella term of “bioart”. Featuring the work of three berlin-based artists, Karolina Żyniewicz, Theresa Schubert, and Margherita Pevere, alongside international guests, the programme situated at the Kunstquartier Bethanien sets out to explore membranes both as material and metaphor, as well as the uncertainty, potential failures, surprises, and disobediences that emerge when working with living materials.
The exhibition concept emerged from Pevere and Schubert’s connection as studio mates and their shared artistic interest in artistic research and experimentation. Through being studio mates, Pevere and Schubert have witnessed each other’s works at various stages of development and production. Pevere reveals we’ve seen each other mostly work in boxes, disassembled, in prototypes, and this is another part of an artwork’s life. What you see in exhibitions is fantastic with its white lighting, maybe on a pedestal or hanging or on a shelf, but this is a short movement in an artwork’s life.
Pevere and Schubert’s interests in artistic research overlap with Żyniewicz, who has been undergoing PhD studies during the same time as Pevere and also shares with her the process of researching, writing, and forming a critical dialogue together.
In the process of creating the exhibition, the artists have also collaboratively curated the exhibition together, thereby analysing the overlaps in individual practices and meeting each other in their varying positions. Diving into their collections and the body of their work, they aim to share the research done into each other’s practices. Collectively the artworks and collection of objects and materials form a dialogue between the artists’ individual perspectives, reflecting on their years of work and production that has culminated in the emergence of Membranes Out of Order.
As part of the curatorial programme, Membranes Out of Order offers artist talks and talks by invited guests and experts Regine Rapp, co-founder and co-director of Art Laboratory Berlin, Paweł Golik, who is the Professor for Genetics and Molecular Biology at the University of Warsaw, and Marianna Szczygielska who is a philosopher of science at the Czech Academy of Sciences and Bard College Berlin. The exhibition concludes with a finnissage on the 8th of January.
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