Speculative Biology Workshop:
The Design of Biological Systems and Neo-organs
28 September, 2013 from 1 - 6PM
“...from so simple a beginning endless forms most
beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”
Unlike man, nature expresses efficiency through complexity, where each
organism seeks new ways to exploit resources, and to defend against being
'exploited' in turn. And now man, a creature who would become the supreme
exploiter, has in the last few centuries radically changed the equation.
Pumping hydrocarbons out of the earth to run manifold industries, and
produce energy for profit and leisure, we are not only changing the face
of the earth, but also the atmosphere, and with it the climate - which
in turn has set off an almost endless set of reactions throughout the
biological systems of the planet.
As artist Pinar Yoldas writes: "Our capitalistic biomass manufactures
mountains of e-waste, beaches of tar, rivers of zinc, oceans of plastic.
We are an army of plastic surgeons giving the planet a new face. A face
that opens its eyes to new life forms, new beginnings, new extremities.
What kind of fish will swim in the plastic ocean? Who will be sunbathing
on the beaches of tar? What plants will thrive in a forest of concrete
and steel? Which insects will lay eggs on the valleys of asphalt? What
birds will fly in the hazy mornings of a smog stained sky?"
In her workshop the artist will give a quick overview into general biological
systems such as the circulatory system, the respiratory system, the nervous
system, the reproductive system etc., and how these systems (or more specifically
organs) might evolve under the influence of global environmental transformations.
Somewhere between bio-mimicry and critical design, the workshop will give
you the time and assets to design your own lungs, grow that extra organ
you always wished for or think about that ultimate meat supplier with
zero methane impact you have been craving for.
Participants will then discuss and design speculative models for life
forms for a post-human era.
required! Register under: firstname.lastname@example.org
Talk with Pinar Yoldas
3 October, 2013 at 7 PM
Pinar Yoldas is a cross-disciplinary artist and researcher with a background
in architecture, interface design, computing and neuroscience. Her work
investigates social and cultural systems in regards to biological and
ecological systems. She is the 2013/14 resident at the Vilém Flusser
Residency Programme for Artistic Research, run by transmediale and the
Berlin University of the Arts (UdK).
Pinar has a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of California Los
Angeles. Currently she is a PhD candidate in Visual and Media Studies
program at Duke University, where she's pursuing a certificate in the
Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. She has been awarded fellowships in
art and science venues including the MacDowell Colony, UCross Foundation,
VCCA and National Evolutionary Synthesis Center.
Her current project An Ecosystem of Excess is an attempt to create
a post-human eco-system, a living community of speculative organisms and
their environment. The project takes the idea that we are surrounded by
"man-made extreme environments" as its starting point. A man-made
extreme environment is a site of excess, where leftovers of our capitalistic
desires and consumerist actions are accumulated. Hence junkyards, landfills,
wastelands are all examples of "man-made extreme environments'. An
Ecosystem of Excess starts in the Pacific Trash Vortex. Discovered in
1985 by Captain Roger Marshall, this site is a floating nexus of plastic
waste covering roughly 5000 km² area of the Pacific. Pacific Trash
Vortex is a monument of plastic waste at a global scale.
in cooperation with transmediale