The workshop was led by Agnes Meyer-Brandis (DE) – a Berlin based artist that creates works on the fringes of science, fiction, and fabulation. Educated first in mineralogy, followed by studies at the art academies in Maastricht, Düsseldorf, and Cologne, she has been the founder and director of the Research Raft, an Institute for Art and Subjective Science that is purposefully “asking questions but gives no answers” in fields such as climate research, environmental studies, meteorology, as well as synthetic and artistic biology. Meyer-Brandis’ work has been exhibited worldwide and awarded many prizes, including two Prix Ars Electronica Awards of Distinction, and the European Kairos prize. ffur.de / onetreeid.de / teawithatree.com;
and Manuel Selg (DE) who after many years of basic research in the medical field, took a position as a Molecular Biology Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria in 2004. Today, he is study program director of the “Bio- and Environmental Technology” study program. Selg has been active in the field of bioart for about 15 years. He has worked on a wide range of projects with various artists, curated several exhibitions and is very fond of using bioart as a means of promoting social dialogue.
In the workshop, the participants learned about the scientific method for measuring odors (VOC measurement) using the concrete example of a ginkgo tree, which was a part of the exposition inside, and a birch tree outside the venue; and so, as well as in the explanations and conversation with the artist, the participants took part in the realization of the artist’s One Tree ID project exhibited on site, which you can visit till 6 th of October 2023.