In the workshop participants will use DIY chemistry methods to separate microplastics from mineral and organic matter, and discover the origins of the plastics they find by creating density columns. They will also learn about the ecology of the Panke River and the Citizen Science project DIY Hack the Panke.
|Frithjof Glowinski(l) and Kat Austen (r)
|Along the Panke River in Berlin-Wedding
|Lifting the nets
|Sieving the findings
|Building a density column
|DIY density column to separate types of plastic
|Adding Nile Red to dye the plastic
|Types of plastic
|Using Hydrogen Peroxide to remove organic matter
|looking for microplastics with a digital microscope
|A microplastic thread
|Microplastic pieces (bright spots) after dying with Nile Red under UV light
Kat Austen is a succession of experiences and an assemblage of aspirations. She creates artworks that explore multiple knowledges, from music to embodied knowledge to DIY science, focusing on emotional connections between what we consider internal and external. Kat is a Teaching Fellow on UCL's Arts and Sciences BASc, and is Artist in Residence in UCL's Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences. Previous residencies include Artist in the Arctic, NYU Shanghai Gallery and ArtOxygen. Kat was an inaugural member of the London Creative Network programme. She is based in Berlin.
Frithjof Glowinski studied biochemistry at the University of Greifswald. Subsequently, he received his doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin for infections relating to the stomach bacterium Helicobacter pylori. The focus was on the balance between bacteria and humans, as well as the long-term consequences of this interaction. He is currently teaching biology and chemistry at a school near the Panke. Together with Art Laboratory Berlin and the DIY Hack the Panke collective, he organizes workshops with children from the school along the Panke.
Organised together with DIY Hack the Panke.
Supported by the Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur Bezirksamt Mitte and the Bezirkskulturfonds: