Join us on 25 November for and artist talk with Saša Spača talk and on 26-27 
November for a Koji Workshop with artist ink Agop

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** Artist Talk | Saša Spačal
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Date: 25 November 2022
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Art Laboratory Berlin, Prinzenallee 34, 13359 Berlin
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Art Laboratory Berlin welcomes you to an Artist Talk with bio media artist Saša 
Spačal where she will speak about her currently evolving new artistic research 
project. During the months of October and November 2022 the artist undertakes 
artistic research for her new project Terra Xenobiotica or How to Belong at the 
lab of the Rillig Group | Ecology of Plants, Institute of Biology, Freie 
Universtität Berlin and at Art Laboratory Berlin.

“Terra Xenobiotica is an exploration into a dark alterity of soil ecology, an 
umwelt of its own, where mineral and organic agents entangle as strangers, but 
decompose into oneness of the ground that carries biological life in the Zone.

During the residency temporal aspects of xenobiotic substances and metabolisms 
will be sampled, researched and observed in the vicinity of airports. On the 
nodes of planetary aviation networks, traces of human grounding and ungrounding 
will be materially examined to reveal how foreign substances perform gradual 
belonging.” (Saša Spačal)

Spačal’s projects employ “fascinating biotechnological strategies that enable 
the physical experience of immersion and the philosophical experience of 
interconnectedness and networking”, reflects Regine Rapp in her essay Saša 
Spačal. Symbioses and Planetary Interconnections. “Without ever losing the 
artistic value of aesthetic experience, Spačal uses current scientific 
knowledge and laboratory practices of biology – especially microbiology and 
mycology, the science of fungi. In doing so, she creates particular encounters 
mediated through non-linguistic forms of perception and exchange – acoustic, 
electronic and metabolic. The artistic results offer a new repertoire for 
accessing the world anew in its symbiotic complexity.” (Rapp, R. (2022) ‘Saša 
Spačal. Symbiosen und planetarische Verflechtungen’, Kunstforum International, 
281, p. 116 

Saša Spačal ( 
 ) is an artist working at the intersection of living systems research, 
contemporary and sound art. Her artistic research focuses on the development of 
technological interfaces and relations with organic and mineral soil agents 
while trying to address the posthuman situation, that involves mechanical, 
digital and organic logic within contemporary biopolitics and necropolitics.
Her work was internationally exhibited and performed: Ars Electronica Festival 
(AT), Prix Cube Exhibition (FR), Transmediale Festival (DE), Athens Digital 
Arts Festival (GR), Perm Museum of Contemporary Art (RUS), Onassis Cultural 
Center Athens (GR), Chronos Art Center (CHN), Cynetart Festival (DE), National 
Art Museum of China (CHN), DaVinci Festival (KR), Museum of Contemporary Art 
Metelkova (SI), Kapelica Gallery (SI), Device_art Festival (CRO), Extravagant 
Bodies Festival (CRO), Art Laboratory Berlin (DE), Museum of Contemporary Art 
Vojvodina (SRB), Lisboa Soa Festival (PT), Sonica Festival (SI). She was 
awarded the Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention, nominated for the Prix Cube 
and the New Technological Art Award.


** Koji Workshop

** ink Agop
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Date: 26 - 27 November 2022
Time: 1:00 - 6:00 pm (both days)
Venue: Art Laboratory Berlin, Prinzenallee 34, 13359 Berlin
Workshop fee: 20 EUR / 15 EUR

Art Laboratory Berlin welcomes you to our autumn series PANKE INTERVENTIONS 
with various events by artists and scientists related to the river Panke.

The Koji workshop introduces the symbiotic relationship between microorganisms 
and human cultural activities by demonstrating the connection between Koji 
mould and food culture in Japan. Participants make rice koji using koji mould 
on the first day. We will examine the process of cultivating Koji on rice and 
learn about how time, temperature and humidity control its growth. In the 
process of fermentation, they will learn how the enzymes produced by Koji 
decompose carbohydrates into sugar.

On the second day, we will prepare miso using rice koji. Many Japanese foods 
also use further fermentation processes, such as the use of lactic 
acid-bacteria and yeast to further break down monosaccharides produced by Koji 
into other compounds such as amino acids and alcohol. We will experience the 
multiple parallel fermentation processes using koji, yeast and lactic acid 
bacteria. Participants will take home the rice koji and miso they made.

ink Agop is a Japanese Photography & Videography, and Fermentation Art artist, 
creating installations as well as visual arts based in Berlin. She is also a 
member of the DIY Hack the Panke collective.
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** Inspired by…

** Reading Club

** With Guest Artists Interspecifics
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Date: Tuesday, 22 November 2022,
Time: 8 pm CET
Venue: Online (No livestream, no recording)
Moderated by Tuçe Erel

Art Laboratory Berlin is delighted to invite you to take part in our discursive 
format – a reading club, curated by Tuçe Erel (next to our colloquium, curated 
by Regine Rapp).

Inspired by… is an event series, a hybrid format derived from reading group and 
artist talk formats. In each session, an invited artist will choose a specific 
text or excerpt from a book that was inspirational for the artist’s practice 
and/or a particular project that the artist will introduce.

The project follows up Tuçe Erel’s Posthumanism Reading Group, organized 
between 2018-2020. After co-reading and discussing plenty of seminal texts in 
two years, the club is transforming into a new discussion, presentation and 
reading program, an online and offline exchange platform in a non-hierarchical 
and non-institutional infrastructure in the fields of arts, science and 

Guest Artist on 22 November 2022


The sixth and last event of 2022’s Inspired by… will be an online meeting (via 
zoom) hosted by Art Laboratory Berlin. In this session, Interspecifics, whose 
work has been featured in the Hackers Makers Thinkers 
 exhibition early this year, will be our guest artists. In this session, the 
collective chose the first chapter of the Ursula K. le Guin’s The Left Hand of 
Darkness and selected part of Alien phenomenology, or, what it’s like to be a 
thing by Ian Bogost.

Interspecifics are an independent artistic research bureau founded in Mexico 
City in 2013. They have focused their research on using sound and A.I. to 
explore patterns emerging from biosignals and the morphology of living 
organisms as a potential form of non-human communication, developing a 
collection of experimental research tools we call Ontological Machines. 
Interspecifics’ current lines of research are shifting towards exploring the 
hard problem of consciousness and the close relationship between mind and 
matter, where magic appears to be fundamental. Sound remains their interface to 
the universe. Their work has been shaped by the Latin American context, where 
precarity enables creative action and ancient technologies meet with 
cutting-edge forms of production.

Interspecifics’ work has been supported by DAAD, International Cities for 
Advanced Sound, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Telefonica Foundation, Bancomer BBVA 
Foundation, and The National Fund for Culture and the Arts in México. Their 
works have been presented at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and Universitat der 
Kunste Berlin in Germany. Museum of Modern art in Medellin in, Colombia. 
National Council for Culture and the Arts and Museum of Contemporary art in 
Chile and shown at FACT Liverpool, European Congress for Artificial 
Intelligence in York, Spektrum, Acud Macht Neu, CTM Festival, and CLB in 
Berlin, ICAS Festival in Dresden, Casa del Lago, Centro Cultural de España, 
INDEX at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, Tamayo Museum, New Music 
Vancouver, Ars Electronica, and Art Laboratory Berlin, and SETI Institute.

Founders: Leslie García, Paloma López.

Members: Emmanuel Anguiano, Felipe Rebolledo, Maro Pebo, Carles Tardío, Alfredo 
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