The heart of our project is the residency program, in which we invite five artists to enter into a dialogue with scientists and with one another and to create artistic works.
Is interested in the similarities and differences between humans and plants - in relation to their defense reactions, evolution, adaptation and behavior. She wants to find out to what extent the results of this research can turn our anthropocentric worldview upside down. Do we need to renegotiate our relationship and co-existence with plants in our ecosystem? Are we perhaps more like plants than we think? Andrea will find out the answer to these questions with Pooja Snehrashmi Mehta at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology.
Has been concerned with the human side of scientific methods and their backgrounds for several years in his artistic work. In our residency he will work with Sandor Nietzsche and Martin Westermann from the electron microscope center of the Jena University Hospital. The method of electron microscopy as the production of knowledge by making it visible is his central theme. Claus dares a fiery mechanical look into the heart of Jena's scientific tradition for us, of course with a lot of love 💓
In the world of microbiology there are structures, growth patterns and architectures that cannot be found in our everyday macro-world. For the designer eye trained in superficiality and visual aspects, this can be very inspiring!
As part of our residency, the graphic designer and artist Tamara Knapp would like to deal with these special structures. Together with the bioinformatician Jan-Philipp Praetorious from the Hans Knöll Institute, she will carry out experiments and deal with the working methods of automated microscopy, as artificial intelligence such as neural networks are also increasingly used in tools and programs for graphic design. In this way Tamara Knapp builds an exciting bridge between applied artistic and scientific disciplines!
His collaboration with the laboratories in Jena will focus on exploring the limits of the visible. "I'm interested in the interfaces between the field of scientific vision and the imaginative processes of image construction in an invisible reality," Luca told us in the preliminary talk. The starting point of his artistic research is the collection of optical instruments of the German Optical Museum (D.O.M.). Luca will pay particular attention to the mechanical aesthetics of the tools and the historical steps that heralded the paradigm shift in scientific vision. This is followed by an exchange with the electron microscope center (EMZ) of the University of Jena and the Nanobiophotonics department at the Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies (IPHT).
Looks inward: She is interested in bacteria and fungi that colonize the human intestine. Like a nested container, we carry all of these living things in our intestines. And just as humans influence intestinal bacteria and fungi, the reverse is also true - right up to the psyche. In a cycle in which stress, nutrition and other external factors influence the condition of our intestines, our mood and well-being are also subject to constant change in the feedback. Masami Saito is interested in how these factors act as 'filters' for our perception of the world.
In order to find out, she will work closely with the researchers from FungiNet at the Hans Knöll Institute in particular.
will collaborate in Jena with Pooja Snehrashmi from Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology about the plant Nicotiana attenuata. They work on a room installation using the process of making tobacco to examinate the different connections and relationships the plant has within the ecological realm as well as it's history, containing ongoing colonial continuities.
Is a belgian intermedia artist. He has been experimenting with sound and video since the mid eighties in many projects around the world, often involved into art & science projects. He composes immersive spaces with his selfgenerative artificial natures based on deep electronic treatment of video-feedback. These are often combined with his explorations of the microscopic world, searching for unsuspected hidden landscapes and strange objects.