What is ‘green’? Are we ‘green’? And is it the vegetative world at all? With monumental biotechnical installations, olfactory portraits of trees and the chemical re-enactment of historical toxic pigments, this garden proposed by Muffathalle Munich, curated by Jens Hauser, fosters debates in climate politics in the field of tension between art, nature and science. Artists present their works on spot, and stage microperformative acts: Chlorella algae grow in the larger than life-sized photo-bioreactors and meandering hoses of Thomas Feuerstein’s expansive installations, involved in manifold metabolic processes. They are harvested to make beverages, paint pigments, bio-plastics, or even charcoal produced in an accelerated process…. is black the new green? Algae distillations can be tasted. In Agnes Meyer-Brandis’ work, trees are no longer just considered as green photosynthesizing carbon sinks, but as complex organisms with their own identities that communicate with each other thanks to their specific gas emissions – or even with visitors agreeing to experimentally put on an odor costume. The specifically developed One Tree ID – DIY Kit to go is premiered: Meet Parrotia persica and Acer platanoides! Adam Brown produces arsenic-based pigments in his neo-alchemical live laboratory, and performs painting of 19th-century style wallpapers: a reminder that in art ‘green’ often represented nature with the most poisonous of all colours.
Agnes Meyer-Brandis: Agnes Meyer-Brandis is a Berlin based artist with a background in sculpture and new media who creates works on the fringes of science, fiction and fabulation. Educated first in mineralogy, followed by studies at the art academies in Maastricht, Düsseldorf and Cologne, she has been the founder and director of the Research Raft, an Institute for Art and Subjective Science that purposefully “is asking questions but gives no answers” in fields such as climate research, environmental studies, meteorology, synthetic and artistic biology. Meyer-Brandis’ work has been exhibited worldwide and awarded many prizes, including a Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction.
Thomas Feuerstein: In his projects, Thomas Feuerstein interweaves art, literature and philosophy with economics, politics, digital media and biotechnology to create artistic narratives. The works include expansive installations, processual sculptures, drawings, radio plays, bio- and net art. Since the 1990s, information and biotechnologies have been the focus of his works, which incorporate artificial neural networks and biotechnologies, biological model organisms and the artist’s own body cells. Central aspects include linking verbal, visual, and material elements, uncovering latent overlays of fact and fiction, and connecting art and science. Feuerstein currently teaches as Professor of Artistic Discourse at the Institute for Experimental Architecture at the University of Innsbruck.
Adam Brown: Adam Brown is an Intermedia artist, scholar and researcher whose work incorporates art and science hybrids including living and biological systems, robotics, molecular chemistry and emerging technologies that take the form of installation, interactive objects, video, performance and photography. Brown is a Full Professor at Michigan State University in charge of a new area of study called Electronic Art & Intermedia, and where he also directs the ‘Bridge’ artist in residency programme. Brown has exhibited widely in international venues in North and South America as well as in Europe, and received awards including several honorary mentions at the Prix Ars Electronica.
Jens Hauser: Jens Hauser is a Paris and Copenhagen based media studies scholar, author and art curator focusing on the interactions between art and technology. He is currently a researcher at University of Copenhagen’s Medical Museion, co-director of the ‚Bridge’ Artist Residency Program at Michigan State University, and teaches at Danube University Krems, University of Innsbruck, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, and is a visiting researcher at the École Polytechnique Paris-Saclay. As a curator, Hauser has organized over 30 international exhibitions and festivals. He coordinates the (OU)VERT network for ‚Greenness Studies’ and has been involved with ‚green’ for 30 years.