• Article biennalen 2016
  • Article biennalen 2016
  • Article biennalen 2016
  • Article biennalen 2016
  • Article biennalen 2016
  • Article biennalen 2016
  • Article biennalen 2016
  • Article biennalen 2016
  • Article biennalen 2016
  • Article biennalen 2016
  • Article biennalen 2016

Dokumentasjon fra Article biennalen 2016

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Through Article biennale i/o/lab presented art involving new tecnology and science with innovative artprojects.
Article biennale was presented at Sølvberget galleri in Stavanger 11.august - 2.october and had 7202 visitors during the exhibitionperiod. The program included a screening of art and science related movies produced by artists for the Bio Fiction filmfestival, a seminar with artist presentations, workshop producing golden-silk and two events from the series Art Science & Cocktails.

Here you may find the documentation video from Article biennale 2016 

Here you may find pictures from Article biennale 2016

Here you may find information about the program

Here you may find the documentation video from our Art Science & Cocktail event August 12th


Article Biennial "New Eden" was inspired by the increasing role of biotechnology in our time; it is described by some scholars as "the most important science in the 21st century". What kind of knowledge exists in contemporary biotechnology? And how is this connected with earlier manipulation of natural resources? The exhibition drew lines back to the Tree of Knowledge in the biblical Garden of Eden and biotechnology ancient history, that we still live with today. In the New Eden are creatures that have been created through advanced intervention in the natural order. Today we have enough knowledge to create gold, make skin to withstand bullets, and store information in DNA. What do we do with this knowledge? And what does it do us? How does biotechnology affect our community, and our view of knowledge itself?

Article Biennial 2016 was curated by i/o/lab by Hege Tapio in collaboration with co-curator Nora Vaage (Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Bergen), who wrote her doctoral thesis on bioart.

The exhibition presented the following artists:

Eva Bakkeslett (NO) - during the exhibition the artist held performative lectures, workshops where knowledge of microorganisms, history and starter culture to the traditional Nordic Rømmekolle was shared with the public.

George Gessert (US) - the installation "Kunst / Liv" presented several dozen Coleuses, a plant originally from Indonesia. The audience got to participate in the process as plant breeders by carrying out an investigation and reflection to the selection of plants based on aesthetic qualities.

Gints Gabrans (LV) - presented two art projects; the work "Foood" put the spotlight on cellulolytic bacteria that would make it possible for people to digest cellulose. The work presented bifidobacteria from the human intestinal system genetically modified in the laboratory to produce cellulose-dissolving enzymes. The artwork "Metabolic Dominance" was presenting the submitted proposals based on the ideas in "Foood" from the artist to the US DARPA's competition.

Jalila Essaïdi (NL) - showed her works' 2.6g 329m / s BULLET PROOF SKIN ", a work with cultured human skin reinforced with genetically modified spider silk, and a series of new works called" LIFE VESSELS "which explores how it would look if humans gradually acquire spider silk skin.

Joe Davis (US) - Presented several works, where "Malus ecclesia: The oldest Eden" was specifically designed for the Article Biennial - an excerpt of the ancient Sumerian text about Innana and her garden was encoded in DNA and transferred to a leaf from a local apple tree. The work was performed in collaboration with CORE Centre for Organelle Research and University of Stavanger. The artist also presented his work "Astro Biological Horticulture" where during the exhibition there was revived Halophile bacteria from millions of years old salt rocks. Davis also presented the work "Bombyx chrysopoeia" golden silk produced using genetically modified silkworms (Bombyx mori).

Margherita Pevere (IT/DE) - presented the work "Semina Aeternitatis" - where the artist invited Stavangers inhabitants to share their memories in a memory archive of organic material. The memories were noted down by the artist in a hand tied scrapbook - later they will be transcoded to a DNA sequence. This DNA sequence will be encoded in the DNA of the bacterium Gluconacetobacter xylinus - a bacterium producing microbial cellulose, a material similar to skin and other tissues.

Pål Asle Pettersen (NO), Randy Naylor (NO), Hans Edvard Hammonds (NO), Eric Schockmel (UK), Laurens Roorda & Thijs Molenaar (NL), Ingrid Hulskamp, Pras Gunasekera, Ting Lin, Amy Chin (UK), Arjan Brentjes (NL), Sascha Pohflepp (DE), Louis Rigaud (FR), Uwe Sleytr (AT), Steven van Eekelen (NL), Johanna Schmeer (UK)

Dr. Andrea Bagi,Environmental Engineering, Department of Mathematics and Natural Science, University of Stavanger
Dr. Kristian Thorsen,BioInformatics, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Stavanger
Dr. Krisztian Balog, Intelligent Information Access, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Stavanger
Fern Wickson,Senior Scientist and Program Coordinator of the Society, Ecology and Ethics Department (SEED) at GenØk Centre for Biosafety in Tromsø, Norway
Hanne Røland Hagland,Assoc. Prof. and leader, Centre for Organelle Research, UiS, University of Stavanger
Kristin Aaser Lunde, PhD fellow, Stavanger University Hospital
Morten Tønnessen, philosopher, Assoc. Prof. Department of Social Studies, University of Stavanger
Fartein Valen-Sendstad, Assoc. Prof.Department of Cultural Studies and Languages, University of Stavanger

Norwegian Cultural Council / Rogaland County /Stavanger Municipality
Sølvberget Galleri / Sølvberget Stavanger Culturehouse / Kapittel / Biofaction / CORE – Centre for Organelle Research, University of Stavanger
University of Stavanger / Forskningsdagene / Kunsthall Stavanger / PNEK - Production Network for Electronic Art Norway
KåKå, Kverulantkatedralen / Cafe`Sting / GDM, Global Digital Media / Hove Nursery