16.06.17 – 11.08.17

Non-Human Narratives; stories from viruses, bacteria and fungi

Non-Human Narratives; stories from viruses, bacteria and fungi makes the mysterious life of microbes visible. In this (literally) growing exhibition, scientific curiosity goes hand-in-hand with artistic exploration in stories translated into dishes by chef/food-designer Marente van der Valk and designer/architect Rain Wu. KVM—Ju Hyun Lee & Ludovic Burel, artists & curators, experiment with fermentation and the show includes a succession of performances, lectures and film screenings. Follow the programme on our website and social media.
Enter the world of méjou, kombucha and koji bacteria and discover how a dish can tell us a story that goes beyond what meets the eye.

Non-Human Narratives is a project by the Jac. P. Thijsse Lab  / Wilhelmina Minis-van de Geijn Lab for Nature Research.

Opening on Friday 16 June 2017 from 17:00 - 19:00
Exhibition: 17 June – 11 August 2017
Mon-Fri 9:00 – 18:00
Closed 15 July – 6 August



The Reading Group is organised in anticipation of the upcoming exhibition. The show will be activated through a succession of dinners, performances, lectures and film screenings and in this case, a Reading Group. On the first of June we will be reading and discussing fragments from The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, with an introduction by a special guest from Germany: Sina Ribak.

16 June 17:00 OPENING with snacks and drinks based on the exhibition by Marente van der Valk and Rain Wu

20 June 11:00 GUIDED TOUR with the curator for adults (in Dutch)

21 June 13:45 GUIDED TOUR with the curator for kids

22 June 13.30 Tour ’n Tasting (first try of the fermentation)

7 July MICROSCOPE VISIT AND GUIDED TOUR at the The Maastricht Multimodal Molecular Imaging Institute 

12 July TALK BY REGINE RAPP AND CHRISTIAN DE LUTZ - ART LABORATORY BERLIN, providing a theoretical framework for the exhibition and presenting their text written for the exhibition.

In the current age of post humanism we can encounter a rising interest for nonhuman agents from the side of artists internationally. This public talk will present various artistic projects and theoretical research, based on Art Laboratory Berlin’s ongoing series “Nonhuman Subjectivities/ Non human Agents”. They will present different artistic strategies to discuss the manifold thematic and aesthetic approaches from the phenomenon of object-oriented perception to artist/scientist collaboration. Be it narrative strategies, aesthetic strategies of immersion, bridging medical historical phenomena with gender issues, or combining scientific laboratory and art practices – it is challenging to explore a variety of approaches towards the nonhuman. Next to artistic positions they will also reflect theoretical ones (Rosi Braidotti; John Grey; Donna Haraway) to better understand the phenomenon of the nonhuman.

Regine Rapp is an art historian and curator, with specific research in 20th and 21st century art – installation art, artist books and art & science collaborations. She worked as Assistant Professor for Art History at the Burg Giebichenstein Art Academy Halle until 2013. Christian de Lutz, originally from New York, is a visual artist and curator. As co-directors and curators of Art Laboratory Berlin they have curated over 40 shows, published several books and developed several international conferences: Sol LeWitt_Symposium (2011), Synaesthesia Discussing a phenomenon in the arts, humanities and (neuro-) science (2013), and Nonhuman Agents in Art, Culture and Theory (upcoming in November 2017). Their newest publication '[macro]biologies & [micro]biologies. Art and the Biological Sublime in the 21st Century' (2015) reflects theoretically on their projects from 2013-15.

9 and 10 August: SILKSCREEN WORKSHOP with natural dyes. More info soon.

9 and 10 August: NON-HUMAN NARRATIVES FINISSAGE DINNER with Rain Wu and Marente van der Valk. More info soon

Throughout the exhibition: FERMENTATION PERFORMANCE (dates depending on fermentation processes)

© Tal Danino, Vik Muniz, Microuniverse, Probiotic bacteria, 2015-2016, c/o Pictoright Amsterdam 2017


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