CHAIRS: Katherina T Zakravsky, Ivo Gurschler, Harold de Vladar
In capitalist economies, money itself is fertile. Goethe’s Faust challenged the dry fertility of paper money long ago, and the aspect of a "biological finance" was pursued to explore the proximity of biological to economic reproductivity in Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens.
In addition, in money-directed economies our phonetic repertoire, the lubricant of poetics, decreases in favor of informal language, as does the diversity of the microbial soup in our mouth. Do we run dry just to meet capitalist standards of money, language and antibiotics? Or which assets would foster ecological diversity?
Exploring this question, lecturers in this performative LASER use three systems of reference: - they repeat specific phonemes, - to drive their oral acidity lower, thereby inducing their microbes’ fertility to change. Eventually they breed a microbial probiotic - to mediate communal exchange.
© Lucie Strecker&Klaus Spiess
Klaus Spiess is a specialist in metabolic psychosomatics and runs the cross-disciplinary Arts and Science program at MedUni Vienna, where he is Associate Professor. His performances/installations have been shown in Europe and the USA. He has published on the subject of his work in Leonardo, The Journal of Performance Research and The Lancet, among other publications.
Lucie Strecker is an artist and theatre director. She is currently working as a researcher at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, where she conducts the FWF Elise-Richter-PEEK project The Performative Biofact. Her performances and installations have been presented at venues worldwide.
Oleg Soulimenko is a Russian performance artist living and working in Vienna. His performances have been presented at venues and festivals worldwide, including the Wiener Festwochen, Tanzquartier Wien, brut Wien and Impulstanz in Vienna, Performa in New York, Tanz im August in Berlin, and Kaai Theatre in Brussels.
Ann Liv Young is an American performance artist. Her work has been presented at major venues in the USA and Europe, including MoMA PS1, Danspace Project, Judson Memorial Church, The Kitchen, Impulstanz, Springdance, The Arches, Tanz im August, Kampnagel, brut Wien, Theatre de la Bastille.
Mark Rinnerthaler is a molecular biologist and geneticist, he works as Associate Professor at the Universität Salzburg Department of Biosciences. He has published widely on his work on aging in yeast.
Media art and programming was designed by media artist Joseph Knierzinger and interface artist Jürgen Ropp. Biotechnological procedures during the lectures are operated by Johannes Seiwerth.
Katherina T Zakravsky is a philosopher and performance artist. She performed at Impulstanz Festival among many other venues and published on the philosophy of biopolitics, science and pornography.
Ivo Gurschler is a philosopher and recently a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. He published on the culture of mescalin and on Pierre Klossowskis book on Living Currency.
Harold de Vladar is an evolutionary geneticist & synthetic biologist who recently develops a theoretical framework for cultural change and evolution based on language games and stochastic models.
This LASER is coproduced by brut Wien, and the Munich Muffatwerk. Supported by FWF Project FWF V501, Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien, Medical University of Vienna, University of Applied Arts, Vienna.
LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talks is Leonardo's international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations. LASER Talks were founded in 2008 by Bay Area LASER Chair Piero Scaruffi and are in over 30 cities around the world. To learn more about how our LASER Hosts and to visit a LASER near you please visit our website.
The mission of the LASERs is to provide the general public with a snapshot of the cultural environment of a region and to foster interdisciplinary networking.
Medical University of Vienna Center for Public Health