Elvin Flamingo Pop-up Lab
Hosted by: Łaźnia CCA
October 8 - November 7, 2021 |
ul. Jaskółcza 1,
Cooperation: Xavier Bailly, Head of Marine Model Organisms Team - Station Biologique de Roscoff - CNRS — Sorbonne University, France
Elvin Flamingo’s work invites us to the biological world of the unique plant-animals Symsagittifera roscoffensis. In nature, these organisms most often behave as social movements creating beautiful swirls. For the project, the artist created two incubators where the temperature is set at 14°C and that are capable of accommodating around 40 separate habitats/40 colonies of the organism described above. Two incubators were prepared with a view to triggering unique "scenes" (in each vessel) that would help to observe and study the social movement of non-human organisms, and their interdependencies as well as humans’ impact on them: incubators have been designed for providing the organisms the best possible care, attempting to biomimic the natural environment, including the rhythm of tides and flows of the ocean.
This project is primarily a research work which does not concern plant-animals breeding and is not limited to it. These are insightful holistic works resulting from a combination of biology, sociology, psychology, technology and art. The shape of the incubators has been inspired by the theory of "non-places" by Marc Augé (in this case by the Hamburg Hauptbahnhof station), as well as Lars von Trier’s "Dogville" and "Manderlay" films from an unfinished trilogy.
The work is a part of the artist's long-term project "The Symbiosity of Creation". 'Symbiosity' is a word derived from the symbiotic phenomenon found in nature. It consists in close coexistence of two organisms, from which at least one benefits. The most important part of the artist's installation is the presence of living organisms, whose movements can only be observed under a microscope. In connection with the laboratory character of the work, we have prepared a series of meetings with the artist.
Registration at the reception desk of the ŁAŻNIA 1 Centre or by e-mail: [email protected]
Elvin Flamingo Pop-up Lab is part of the STUDIOTOPIA project supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.