Photo: Pei-Ying Lin
24 - 28 November 2019, BAU Studio’s & Waag
BAU platform for dance and performance and Waag | technology & society are pleased to invite you to apply for the BAU LAB: BioArt Meets Performance.
BAU is a platform for innovation and development in dance and performance in Amsterdam. We claim space for experimentation, such as organizing BAU LABs. These labs are held twice a year and are intended to stimulate a cross-fertilization between dance, performance, mime and other disciplines.
This time we will organize the lab BioArt Meets Performance. The field of BioArt, in which living matter such as bacteria and microorganisms are used to discover the impact of biotechnology and science on our contemporary society and culture, will be linked to the performing arts to investigate how the meeting of these two disciplines can create new perspectives about both the body and living matter.
We will bring four specialists from the field of BioArt, scientists and visual artists, together with a group of twelve makers from the field of dance, performance and mime during a four-day performance laboratory.
Arjen Mulder is a writer, biologist and media theorist. He will elaborate on how plants collaborate and communicate with each other, attempts to look at the world from the perspective of the plant.
Pei-Ying Lin is a designer, artist, programmer, and many other things. During the lab she will focus on the relation between humans and viruses, both biologically and socially. Lin sees the interaction between virus and "host" as a relation of intimacy. This relationship is one of Lin's main research topics; what does the existence of viruses mean for how we see the world and how we react on concepts like fear.
Kuang-Yi Ku is a former dentist, bio-artist and social designer. He will discuss his work on body modification and ways of hacking ‘the medical patriarchy’ with BioArt.
Lotte Pet researches art as a means to gain knowledge within scientific and technological discourse. Specifically, she focuses on the onto-epistemological force of bioart and to what extent it can expand theoretical limitations of the frameworks developed by new biopolitics and posthumanism to enable consequential activity in decision-making processes within daily life.
Every day another specialist will give an insight in his/her practice in the morning, serving as inspiration for the work created during the day. In addition to bringing different disciplines together, an important feature of the BAU LAB is that something presentable must be created in one day, with which we attempt to create a different workflow and creation process. The lab will take place at BAU Studio’s, Entrepotdok 4 in Amsterdam.
The results of these four days of experimentation will be presented in the form of short performances during an informal public presentation on the 28th of November at 20hrs at Theatrum Anatomicum in Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, Amsterdam. We will provide the participants with a healthy vegan lunch and dinner on the days of the lab. On the presentation day only dinner will be provided.
24 - 27 November at BAU Studio’s:
10.00 - 11:00 presentation BioArt specialist
11:00 - 13:00 working time
13:00 - 14:00 lunch
14:00 - 18:00 working time
18:30 - 20:00 dinner
28th of November at Waag:
14:00 - 17:30 preparation time
17:30 - 19:00 dinner
20.00 - 21:30 presentation
21:30 - 22:00 drinks
BAU LAB invites professional dance, performance and mime makers/performers to apply. We ask the participants for a modest contribution of €50,- which covers lunch and dinner for all days. Please send an email including a short biography and a written motivation to Bibi Scholten van Aschat at email@example.com before the 1st of November 2019. We have limited spots available.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch.