METABOLIC MACHINES

-Works by Thomas Feuerstein at Medical Museion

 

On May 22, Medical Museion opens the doors to the exhibition Metabolic Machines, which features works by the Austrian artist Thomas Feuerstein. It is centered on two of his living sculptural machines, in which microscopic life carries out processes of transformation. The machines are literally metabolisms: living systems in which the biochemical breakdown and remaking of matter takes place. The machines also provide the raw materials for the artist’s work, in which matter transforms into art: sugar becomes sculptures and algae become paintings.

Feuerstein explores the transformative processes of life through biological sculptures, paintings and drawings. He creates artistic narratives, revolving around mythological themes, visions of possible futures, and the complicated relationships between our bodies and technology.

The exhibition is part of Medical Museion’s work with experimental approaches to science communication as part of the The Novo Nordisk Foundation for Basic Metabolic Research at the University of Copenhagen.

The exhibition is also a contribution to the international, interdisciplinary conference ‘Green’ held by SLSAeu (European Society for Literature, Science and Arts) in Copenhagen, 13th-16th. June 2018 (green-slsa2018.ku.dk). The steering committee for conference in Copenhagen is led by Jens Hauser (Department of Arts and Cultural Studies and Medical Museion), with Louise Whiteley and Adam Bencard (Medical Museion) as co-chairs. The exhibition is part of the conference program with planned visits and keynote lectures by Thomas Feuerstein.