Decay and Feedback: reckoning with the wild and the unsightly
Nenad Popov, India Mansour and James Whitehead
September 2019, 3-6 PM
last day of summer, sound and new media artist Nenad Popov and biologists
India Mansour and James Whitehead (FU Plant Ecology) led a walk along the
Panke and gave a series of short talks interwoven with participatory actions
and interactions between visible and invisible ecological layers surrounding
the Panke river. They explored themes including the human modification
of urban landscapes through time, 'natural' cycles of decomposition in
soils and rivers vs. the decay of man-made materials and the feedbacks
between the synthetic waste and ecosystems in the city.
group DIY Hack the Panke, founded in January 2018, consists of a group
of artists, scientists and curators promoting Citizen Science projects
along the Panke River in north and central Berlin. Through interdisciplinary
practice, the group aims to explore the Panke River for living organisms
and critically examine its complex history of human use.
researches microbial community structure and function in rivers and soils
as a postdoc at the Free University Berlin, department Plant Ecology.
She is currently focused on the emerging theoretical framework of community
coalescence, which investigates the dynamics that occur when previously
distinct microbial communities collide.
James Whitehead is a PhD student at the Institute of Biology, Free
University Berlin. He investigates the impacts of urbanisation on microbial
Nenad Popov is a media anarchist whose interests lie in, or better,
between art and research. The output of these processes are live cinema
pieces, sound installations, film installations, weird sound making contraptions,
impossible collaborations and occasional parasitism on public cultural