Open Wetlab

Gustatory Semantics

27-2-14 20:00 - 27-2-14 21:30
Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, Amsterdam

Who, what and why we eat, or not, are no longer just matters of personal preference; it is no longer a neutral topic of small talk as nowadays food is deeply marked by ethics, politics, economy and health issues. What is it going to look like in the future? Is the posthuman food chain the best solution? What are the issues reflected in food art and what are our blind spots?

Lecture: Joanna Jeśman, round-table discussion with Arne Hendriks, Louis Buckley and Chloé Rutzerveld, moderation: Lucas Evers, Laura Mudde

Joanna Jeśman researches various contexts of bioartistic practices mainly from the perspective of posthumanist theory and animal studies. She is a co-editor of a book entitled Natureculture, which is a critical reflection on posthumanism and is going to be published in June 2014 (in Polish). Her lectures at Waag are part of a month-long internship funded by (SWPS) University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, Poland.

Arne Hendriks is an Amsterdam based artist, exhibition maker, researcher and historian (Master of Art-University of Amsterdam). He teaches at the Next Nature department of the Technical University in Eindhoven, which is concerned with investigating the implications of nanotechnology. He is also a curator for the next Alternativa exhibition in Gdansk Poland. His work explores the positive transformative power of creative impulses and the importance of fundamental free scientific research.

Louis Buckley is a researcher in residence at the Waag's Open Wetlab. Employed by the University of Amsterdam, Louis is investigating connections between bioart, science communication, and the curatorial practices of science and medical museums.

Chloé Rutzerveld is a student at the TU/e (Technical University) in Eindhoven, and worked during her internship at the Open Wetlab in de Waag, where she organized 'The Other Dinner' for her graduation research, an experimental and interactive dinner that investigated the meat culture of the past, the present and the future combined with a DIY Bio workshop to grow cells of cultured meat.

Laura Mudde studied art history and philosophy, and is interested in the intersection between art and science. She is assistant producer and curator of the international exhibition Yes Naturally. The exhibition played with the question what is natural, and who or what decides.

Lucas Evers is leading Waag's Open Wetlab. He is actively involved in several projects at the crossroads of locativity and narrativity as well as bio art en design.

Living tissues and living issues is a series of three evenings presented by the Open Wetlab that looks at how technology shapes new relations between organisms and in turn how technology is shaped by those organisms. From an artistic, academic and sociopolitical perspective we look at issues of hybridity, performativity and food as these seemingly unrelated topics have a very strong influence on how we perceive the Other and each other in modern society.

27 February 2013
Doors open at 19.30 hrs
Starts 20.00 hrs, wrap & drinks 21.30 hrs
Admission € 7,- (students € 5,-) - pay at the door

De Waag - Makers Guild
Nieuwmarkt 4
1012 CR Amsterdam

Living tissues and living issues is part of The Future of Art and Science Collaborations, a joint project of Waag and Stichting Toekomstbeeld der Techniek, supported by the Mondriaan fund and Doen.