Theresa Schubert (DE)
Theresa Schubert is an artist and researcher at the intersection of art and science, and a slime mold enthusiast and self-thought mycologist based in Berlin. She researches the role of creativity and collaboration from a posthuman perspective. Her work combines audiovisual and hybrid media in conceptual and immersive installations and works on paper where 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 including at Ars Electronica, Art Laboratory Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin, ARGE Kultur Salzburg, Newcastle Region Art Gallery (Australia), Electrofringe (Australia), Istanbul Biennial, European Media Art Festival and KIBLA Maribor. Her work has been featured in the journals Antennae, Wired and Art in Berlin. In 2015 she published the book Experiencing the Unconventional. Science in Art. In 2016 she curated the interdisciplinary event Inoculum – Connecting the Other bringing together artists and scientists to discuss and exhibit novel research about (organic) materiality. She is the recipient of the NTAA – New Technological Art Award 2016.
Theresa’s newly conceived work space=memory is a generative video installation in which visitors can interact with a simulation of the acellular slime mould Physarum polycephalum. It explores possibilities of mapping a terrain using the spatial logic and foraging behaviour of this organism which naturally lives in dark and humid environments.
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. Hence the organism is also of scientific interest to study developments of neurons.
In the videographic, ever changing networks of the organism form poetic landscapes. They reassemble mycelium networks or bacteria colonies and want to offer a way to connect with simple life forms.
Published on 27 Jul 2017