Since ancient times, yeast has been an essential component of human life, helping to shape human cultural evolution. Today, yeast is the focus of research in synthetic biology for disciplines such as food production, beer and wine making, vaccine production, plastics production, and carbon sequestration. The idea for the exhibition "Fermenting Futures" was initiated by the Institute of Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, as part of a strategic COMET project within the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib). In this context, the internationally renowned artists Anna Dumitriu and Alex May could be won over to investigate the significance of yeast biotechnology from a cultural and aesthetic perspective. The impressive exhibits, produced with the help of yeast and biotechnological processes in the laboratory and in the studio, are intended to demonstrate the interrelationship between man, yeast fungus and culture, which has been effective for thousands of years.
Invitation to the opening of the exhibition
Time: 2nd of March, 6pm.
Venue: Künstlerhaus Wien, 1010 Wien, Karlsplatz 5
Präsidentin der Künstlerhaus Vereinigung
Anna Dumitriu und Alex May
Rektorin der Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU)
Institut für Mikrobiologie und Mikrobielle Biotechnologie, BOKU Wien
Kunst- und Medienwissenschaftlerin
Afterwards opening of the exhibition with the artists and researchers.
Duration of the exhibition: March 3 to 22, 2022, daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Event homepage: https://www.k-haus.at/
Artist website: https://annadumitriu.co.uk/portfolio/fermenting-futures/
Registration under: reservation(at)thespell.eu
Other events related to the exhibition
Art & Science Talk (English), 3rd of March 2022, 6pm, mit Anna Dumitriu (Artist), Alex May (Artist), Diethard Mattanovich (Scientist, Biotechnology/BOKU), Ingeborg Reichle (Theorist, Art and Cultural Studies), Andreas Heiss (Archaeobotanist/Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna), Sonja Schachinger (Moderator, Curator)
Panel discussion „Wissenschaftskommunikation“, 15th of March 2022, 4pm, with Martin Gerzabek (BOKU, Präsident Christian Doppler Gesellschaft), Florian Aigner (TU Wien), Iris Ott (Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Citizen Science), Gerlinde Tuscher (Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft FFG), Michael Sauer (Mikrobiologe, BOKU)