Experimental, participatory, discursive: STATE Studio, a new science and art gallery space opens its doors in Berlin

It’s high season for science in the capital these days, but not only Berlin Science Week is around the corner. The Berlin-based festival and open science initiative STATE just announced it’s latest coup: a novel, 300m2 permanent home for future discourse, opening on 27 October. Returning to its place of origin, STATE Studio unifies two festival editions and a pop-up studio in Los Angeles into a new adventure with the support of Wissenschaft im Dialog.

A preview into the amenities of STATE Studio, prior to the Opening / Credit: DAT Festival, Julie Meresse

The promising line-up for the opening exhibition Field Experiments marks the inception of a new, vibrant space for public discourse on contemporary technological and scientific developments and their philosophical dimensions.

Credit: Farming the Uncanny Valley

Field Experiments stands for the curated presentation of artistic positions of emerging technologies to display their relevance and impact for the broader societal realm. The kick-off exhibition evokes images of a society in which humans extend their lifespan through genome editing and in which intelligent machines are no longer just tools but fellow beings. Field Experiments also explores the anticipated acceptance of novel synthetic-biological prototypes and the way machines see the world, shakes the human perspective on space and time and presents the faces of researchers and creatives whose interdisciplinary work drives change in art, technology, and science. The mixed media exhibition displays both the work of artists and researchers, including Emilia Tikka (FI), Marco Donnarumma (IT), onformative (DE), Michel Erler (DE) and Veronika Natter (DE) in tandem with the artistic research project Farming the Uncanny Valley comprised of Natsai Audrey Chieza (GB), Clemens Winkler (DE), Paul Ferragut (UK), Ann-Kristin Abel (DE), Łukasz Stopczynski (DE), Stefan Schwabe (DE) and Jannis Hülsen (DE). Together with Imagine Science Films, the renown New York-based festival for science inspired films, a selection of jointly curated works are screened, including short films by Timo Wright (FI) and Franz Milec (SK).

Johanna Wallenborn, co-founder and part of the curatorial team says: In contrast to our previous festivals, the pop-up studio in Los Angeles and our residency program, Field Experiments is kept intentionally open. With this permanent exhibition series, we aim to venture an experiment on society by bringing tomorrow’s technologies into the here and now and invite our visitors to play, explore and critically reflect upon them.”

Credit: onformative, Meandering River

In addition to the exhibition series Field Experiments, the free and open event program at STATE Studio Berlin offers diverse and inspiring public formats and aesthetic experiences. The science and art program encompasses exhibitions, presentations, and conferences, yet also artist talks and scientific lectures – taking a multi-perspective stance towards innovations from the life and natural sciences through the artistic and aesthetic lense. Dr. Christian Rauch, STATE founder, explains: “We would like to share this perspective and invite a broad audience to join the interdisciplinary discourse as it shapes our shared future tomorrow.

Amygdala, an industrial robotic arm driven by AI, exploring its own skin by
Marco Donnarumma, awarded Artist of Science Year 2018.
Credit: Courtesy of the Artist

STATE Studio thus invites artists, researchers, entrepreneurs, creative people, citizen scientists, interested people and groups of all ages and backgrounds to engage with, reflect on and discuss technology and research today. Welcome to STATE Studio, an exhibition-laboratory and forum for cutting-edge sciences and arts.

Upcoming STATE Studio events:

Field Experiments
ongoing exhibition running until 15 December, opened Tue- Fri, 12 – 7 pm

Awardshow Marco Donnarumma
Hosted with Wissenschaft im Dialog and Ministry of Education and Research
Tuesday, 30 October, from 6 pm

From Understanding to Tinkering: The Future of Genome Research
Panel on STATE Artist Residency at MDC Berlin
Thursday, 1 November, from 5 pm

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