Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar: It’s not a love show
World premiere: January 26, 2022, Kraftwerk Berlin
Over the past two months, LAS has hosted a series of performances by choreographer Sharon Eyal and co-creator Gai Behar at Kraftwerk Berlin, which has served as a platform for Eyal & Behar to develop new works in dialogue with the iconic space architecture. This residency culminates with the creation of a new piece commissioned by LEV Dance Company which will premiere on January 26, 2022, with live performances in three acts by musicians CURL, Koreless and DJ Ori Lichtik. Curator invited by Claude Adjil, assisted by Sophie Korschildgen.
Libby Heaney: Int-
From February 10 to April 3, 2022, Schering Stiftung, Berlin
Int- is an immersive installation that takes quantum computing as both medium and subject. Commissioned by LAS, the work explores the transformative changes quantum computing is expected to bring to everyday life. Libby Heaney is the only artist in the world to use quantum computing as a functional artistic medium. Int- is his quantum interpretation of the central panel of Hieronymus Bosch’s famous triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights. Visitors will enter a black cube in which a 360 degree projection will take them through the layers of Bosch’s painting – sky, buildings, landscapes and water. Heaney has crafted a whole new plural visual language, only possible using quantum computing, which manipulates and animates his own watercolors to create hybrid creatures, landscapes that seem to move and breathe, and explosive structures that float and reform. Bosch’s adjacent depictions of heaven and hell provide an analogue of the double-edged nature of quantum computing, which has the potential to both accelerate surveillance capitalism exponentially and disrupt the methods of encryption, as well as instilling what Heaney calls “quantum thinking,” which breaks down binary paradigms and combats political polarization.
Ian Chen: Life after Bob
June–September 2022, Halle am Berghain, Berlin
Life after Bob is an episodic animated series from artist Ian Cheng that imagines a future world in which our minds are cohabited by AI entities. LAS presents the first episode, The study of the chalice, the story of a neural engineer, Dr. Wong, who installs an experimental AI named BOB (Bag of Beliefs) in the nervous system of his 10-year-old daughter, Chalice. Designed to guide Chalice through her growth, BOB takes on more and more challenges on her behalf, while Chalice becomes increasingly evasive. As Dr. Wong begins to favor BOB over Chalice, and BOB threatens to make the job of living Chalice’s life better than she can, Chalice wonders what else is left for her human self. . Life after Bob was built in the Unity game engine and is presented live in real time. Alongside a cinematic presentation, an interactive presentation will allow viewers to pause and explore each scene at their own pace. Viewers will also be invited to learn more – and make changes – to the Life after Bob wiki, which lists characters, artifacts, flora and fauna. User changes will permanently change the details of the on-screen world, making Life after Bob a new form of programmable narrative media. Co-commissioned by LAS, Luma Foundation and The Shed.
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg: Pollinator Pathmaker
Fall 2022, Berlin
LAS collaborates with Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg on the first international edition of Pollinator Pathmaker, an art campaign to save endangered bees and other pollinating insects. There has been a dramatic decline in pollinating insects over the past 40 years due to habitat loss, pesticides, invasive species and climate change. Originally commissioned by Eden Project in Cornwall, Ginsberg plans to develop a network of gardens around the world and LAS will present the first international garden. A living work of art for – rather than about – pollinators, Pollinator Pathmaker invites us to see the world through the eyes of pollinators, asking “can the audience of a work of art be more than human?” The garden is designed, planted and optimized for the tastes of pollinators, using a specially designed algorithm and a curated palette of plants. Visitors are also encouraged to design their own pollinator-friendly and locally appropriate gardens, using Ginsberg’s unique algorithm and the launch of a new plant palette for the Berlin region on the website. pollinator.art.
About the LAS
LAS is a Berlin-based art foundation that brings together art, technology and science. Committed to new ways of presenting art, LAS commissions experimental projects, both physical and digital, in unconventional spaces. LAS is dedicated to thinking about the future and light is the guiding principle of the foundation – a symbol of imagination, discovery and innovation.