In her presentation Theresa Schubert will give an overview about working with the single cell organism Physarum polycephalum. As a biological curiosum, this type of slime mould serves as a model for network optimization and cell motility. It can be interpreted as an ‘agent’ who distributively solves geometrical problems. Starting point for her experiments are simple organisms that are arranged in setups that allow them to propagate and grow, yet under conditions the artist has pre-defined – sometimes with interaction between human-organisms. Presenting artworks and results of experiments, the talk wants to challenge common understandings of intelligence and creativity and emphasizes a posthuman view on the world and its creatures.
Theresa Schubert is a post-media artist and researcher in the intersection of art and science. She investigates the role of creativity and collaboration from a post-human perspective. Her research stems from the areas of biological-based art, digital art and DIY practices and addresses topics of self-organisation, stigmergy, randomness, computational geometry, morphology, pattern generation. Her work combines audiovisual and hybrid media to conceptual and immersive installations or site-specific interventions whereas she treats nature’s phenomena not only as inspiration but as a material and critical process.
Currently Theresa pursues a PhD in Media Art at the Bauhaus-University Weimar. She has received national/international acclaim for the production of a unique body of work, which have been shown at Ars Electronica Linz, Arge Kultur Salzburg, KIBLA Maribor, KW Kunstwerke Berlin, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Electrofringe Festival, Art&About Sydney Festival, Istanbul Biennale, European Media Art Festival, amongst others.