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Workshop: Slime Mould – Art & Bio-Computation

October 13, 2017 @ 2:00 PM - October 14, 2017 @ 2:30 PM

WORKING WITH SLIME MOULD – art and bio-computation

Level: introductory
Costs: 65€ materials incl. (7h / 2days)
Max num. participants: 12 people
Min num. participants: 5 people
Contact: [email protected]
Sign-up through https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe8m-C_W22zOwyJh0-HPYZ4hUGlJgOuYA5NmBevbQFupjbrWg/viewform

Slime moulds belong to the oldest species on earth not having undergone evolution and thus proving to be best adapted to its environment and needs. Their cell structure and muscle memory is thought to be a primitive form for what later became to be a brain. According to Shaviro (Discognition 2015) mental activity is always embodied and grounded in a specific medium. Its foraging behaviour can be seen as a “prosthetic use” of external memory traces.

The special thing about Physarum is its ability for ‘spatial computation’. This means that it reacts with a change of its morphology to inputs from the environment, chemotaxis etc. and thus can be seen as a way to ‘bio-compute’ some problems from graph theory.

Participants will learn about the slime mould type Physarum polycephalum, design their own experiments and a demo of a simple bio-interface to connect the organism to the computer.

day 1 (14:00-18:00)

• introduction and biology
• experiment design
• cultivation

day 2 (10:30-14:30)

• more experiments
• observation and analysis of experiments
• cultivation tips
• data measurements
• microscopy
• time-lapse
• discussion of further possibilities/ideas


Theresa Schubert is an artist and researcher in the intersection of art and science –– a slime mold enthusiast (7 years experience) and self-thought mycologist from Berlin. She researches the role of creativity and collaboration from a posthuman perspective. By means of transdisciplinary methods, such as the re-enactment of scientific experiments, biohacking, theoretical analysis and collaborative practices, her works deal with themes of self-organization, interspecies communication and morphology of forms.

Theresa Schubert’s work has been exhibited internationally. Venues include; Ars Electronica, Linz, Art Laboratory Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin, Electro Fringe Festival Australia, Istanbul Biennial, and European Media Art Festival. Recently, the journals “Antennae”, “Wired” and “Art in Berlin” have reported on her work. In 2015 she published the book “Experiencing the Unconventional. Science in Art”. Her work “Growing Geometries” received the NTAA – New Technological Art Award 2016.


October 13, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
October 14, 2017 @ 2:30 PM


Spektrum Berlin
Bürknerstr 12
Berlin, 12047 Germany


Spektrum Berlin


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