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Semiotics of the Laboratory

THU Sept. 7-SUN Sept. 10, 2017, 10:00 AM-8:00 PM
MON Sept. 11, 2017, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Ars Electronica Center

Credit: Špela Petrič

Špela Petrič (SI), Günter Seyfried (AT), Roland van Dierendonck (NL), Miha Turšič (SI), Slavko Glamočanin (SI)

Semiotics of the Laboratory aims to question the symbolic and semantic properties of laboratory practices when they are interpreted at face value—that is, merely through their visual observation, without the narrative that tries to explain their scientific meaning. It is a laboratory observing the interpretation of the laboratory practice itself.

The audience exposed to visually enticing experiments will become part of the artwork. The responses of viewers attempting to piece together the narrative of experiments will be captured and integrated into the visuals and soundscape, gradually adding to the interpretation of activities. The laboratory will feature ongoing experiments such as in vitro fertilization of sea urchins, DNA manipulation, column chromatography of blood lysate, thale cress somatic embryogenesis and light-directed manipulation of the protozoan euglena, and will combine with algorithmic processing.


Authors: Roland van Dierendonck (NL), Špela Petrič (SI), Günter Seyfried (AT), Miha Turšič (SI), Slavko Glamočanin (SI)

Production: Waag Society (NL)
Support: Future Emerging Art and Technology, Ars Electronica