From October 16 to November 15, 2020, the Art & Microbiome open art-research lab will be held as part of the Technohistory interdisciplinary project.
One of the tracks of ITMO’s Center of Social and Humanities Knowledge’s project is dedicated to the historical and cultural discourse of microbiome. Within the framework of this topic, the Center of Social and Humanities Knowledge and Art & Science Center of ITMO University are launching the Art & Microbiome open art-research lab.
The participants of the laboratory will trace the historical and cultural evolution of the microbiome’s image, learn more about the way bacteria affect the human body, and find out what bacterial art is. A separate block will be devoted to a discussion on how cultural myths associated with bacteria have taken shape in the collective consciousness as a result of historical processes.
The participants will be able not only to observe a bio-art installation and talk to its creator, bioartist Laura Rodriguez, but also to participate in workshops, research projects, and the creation of an art installation.
As part of the event, there will be presentations by the staff members of the Center of Social and Humanities Knowledge and Art & Science Center, as well as biochemists, bioartists, and invited experts in medical humanitarian research (Pantheon-Sorbonne University professor Corinne Doria and American bioartist Lyndsey Walsh).
The Laboratory curators:
- Daria Martynova, an art critic, assistant at ITMO’s Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations and manager at the Center of Social and Humanities Knowledge;
- Laura Rodriguez, a biochemist, bioartist, and a staff member at ITMO’s Art & Science Center.
Project manager: Galina Zhirkova, PhD, art critic, the head of the Center of Social and Humanities Knowledge at ITMO University, and associate professor at ITMO’s Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations.
If you would like to participate in the laboratory, please register by following this link.
The working hours of the laboratory can be found here.
You can learn more about the Technohistory project and its events on the website.
The Laboratory program:
October 16, at 6 pm (Chaykovskogo St. 11/2, ITMO University, room 207):
- Introduction: general info about the lab, medical humanities, and the microbiome as a tool for creating art installations by Daria Martynova;
- Bio Art: Experience and Work by Laura Rodriguez;
- Workshops: the creation of mood boards about the historical and cultural discourse of microbiome by Daria Martynova;
- Creation of a web installation by Laura Rodriguez.
October 20, at 6.30 pm (Medikov Pr. 3, bldg. A, “Tochka Kipeniya”) – the opening of the Technohistory laboratory
November 5, at 6.30 pm (Medikov Pr. 3, bldg. A, “Tochka Kipeniya”) – an installation for the Rukami, an international tech and creativity festival.
From October 31 to November 1 – Microbiome Weekend Camp (place and time are being agreed upon, the number of spots is limited and will be determined based on the results of an open call)
Everyone is welcome. Participation is free.
If you would like to participate in workshops and help to create an art installation, you need to pass a selection based on the results of an open-call.
Due to the epidemiological situation, only some of the participants will be able to attend workshops on October 16. We also kindly request all the participants of the event to wear masks!
- ITMO’s Center of Social and Humanities Knowledge
- Art & Science Center
Daria Martynova, head of the historical and cultural discourse of microbiome track
Center of Social and Humanities Knowledge