The new Exo-evolution exhibition in Karlsruhe is a kind of artistic Praline for engineers. Here art and science hand in hand, new technologies applied by the artists. The large-scale exhibition at the Karlsruhe Center for art and media technology (ZKM) deliver even visions and solutions for problems in 21st century.
“Engineering Culture” Exhibition with Synthetic LifeForms and Trends
From manual to mental tools, a hammer to the language, the person in the course of thousands of years has a tool culture, an “engineering culture”, produced, which expanded the boundaries of perception and the world. Meanwhile, our world is characterized by 3D printers and robots, Cyborgs and chimeras, sensors and gene pools of portable technologies and medical miracles, of synthetic life.
Bionic suits and Silicon retinas, artificial tissue and repair techniques.
With this quasi-bearing organs of man comes out of evolution, he liberated from the forces of nature and create an artificial Exo-evolution with his tools.
Our technologically influenced world impression also on contemporary art, which has made itself to long instrumental perceptions with the medium of photography, for example, or by using the computer? “Engineering Culture” Exhibition with Synthetic LifeForms and Trends is giving us a quick pick into next millenium.
This creates a new awareness of the entanglement of different perceptions, object world and the world of media, art and science. Also the interfaces to the construction of new realities and created new forms of communication.
Artist simulate biological cell growth
The show displays more than 100 positions to the entanglement of art and science in the Karlsruhe Center for art and media technology (ZKM). As the architect and designer Alisa Andrasek dealt with 3D and simulated biological cell growth, which locally differentiated itself on nutrients and inhibitors to respond to in their “XenoCells”.
Allison Kudla prints also, but with a homemade CNC machine. On a positioning table, it can be patterns from seaweed and seeds emerge, which are controlled by algorithms.
The artist Maja Smrekar draws attention with its work on biotechnology-inspired approaches of the food industry. For the exhibition, produced a yogurt that contains the product of the enzyme of the artist and publicly offered to the consumer.
In other areas of the exhibition, it is in addition to anthropogenic, created by people so minerals or the automation in the industry by using robots.
In Karlsruhe you can understand the exhibition in its entirety as an argument for the so-called Anthropocene Hypothesis. 15 years ago, the term was introduced by Nobel Laureate and former Director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, the Dutch meteorologist Paul Crutzen.
The theory assumes that we have already left the recent period of Earth’s history, the Holocene. The new Triassic Anthropocene would be determined by less and less natural and more and more technology and human will.
It is linked to side effects such as increasing plastic waste, increased emissions of greenhouse gases, deforestation of vast areas of forest, rising sea levels or extinct plants and animals.
In contrast, newfound technical possibilities, in the space, or huge medical advances are available. The exhibition of Exo-evolution provides the platform to think about both.