Slime Mould: Art & Computation
Slime moulds belong to the oldest species on earth not having undergone evolution and thus proving to be best adapted to its environment and needs. Their cell structure and muscle memory is thought to be a primitive form for what later became to be a brain.
According to Shaviro (Discognition 2015) mental activity is always embodied and grounded in a specific medium. Its foraging behaviour can be seen as a “prosthetic use” of external (spatial) memory traces.
Participants will learn about the slime mould Physarum polycephalum, design their own experiments and a demo of a bio-interface.
- introduction and biology
- experiment design
- observation and analysis of experiment
- cultivation tips
- presentation of further option
- data measurements
About the workshop holder
Theresa Schubert is an artist and researcher in the intersection of art and science –– a slime mold enthusiast and self-thought mycologist from Berlin. She researches the role of creativity and collaboration from a posthuman perspective. Her work combines audiovisual and hybrid media to conceptual and immersive installations or works on paper whereas she treats nature's phenomena not only as inspiration but as a material and critical process. By means of transdisciplinary methods, such as the re-enactment of scientific experiments, biohacking, theoretical analysis and collaborative practices, her works deal with themes of self-organization, interspecies communication and morphology of forms.
Theresa Schubert's work has been exhibited internationally. Venues include; Ars Electronica, Linz, Art Laboratory Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin, Electro Fringe Festival Australia, Istanbul Biennial, and European Media Art Festival. Recently, the journals “Antennae”, "Wired" and "Art in Berlin" have reported on her work. In 2015 she published the book “Experiencing the Unconventional. Science in Art”. Her work “Growing Geometries” received the NTAA – New Technological Art Award 2016.