A bio-cybernetic installation by Theresa Schubert and Ivan Taranin.

Vernissage: 10 June, 6pm to 10pm
Exhibition: 11 - 19 June 2022

10961 BERLIN

Opening hours: Wed-Fri 4pm to 7pm, Sat-Sun 3pm-7pm
More info: http://hyle.theresaschubert.com/

The audiovisual installation Hylē interacts with one of the existential bodily mechanisms of living beings: breathing. Between observation, meditation, material experimentation and playful action Hylē offers an algae-altered narration about aspects of our world by investigating visual metaphors of network dynamics modulated in realtime through interaction with a living biological sculpture and the larger world. Hylē displays the successive interconnectedness of the presence, the actions taking place within and the effects, reactions and feedbacks they cause.

The multi-channel video environment is created from 3D-laser scans of a forest and the inside of a serverfarm and open for interaction to the public via an air sensor. By breathing into a funnel device, two aspects of the work are affected: firstly, the CO2 enriched air will be measured by a sensor before it is being pumped into the algae bioreactors. The sensor signals will trigger disturbances and abstraction in the scanned video environments and sound synthesis in realtime. Secondly, algae need CO2 for their metabolism and will release Oxygen in their photosynthetic process, which is returned to the air in the exhibition space thus creating a feedback between human breath, algae and the audiovisual spheres. By this Hylē suggests an aesthetic and conceptual relation by interlinking a forest as a hyperorganism with a serverfarm as metaphors for the underlying networks of our digital and carbon lifes.

Hylē is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
Hylē was originally commissioned by laboratoria Art+Science Foundation.

Friday, 10 June, 2022