With the influx of people and capital in cities come decrees that will lay new roads and rail. Infrastructure, institutions, homes and public spaces proliferate as the population demands their use. As the city limits expand—pushed from within by the combined energies of development, and pulled from without by the gathering momentum of adjacent conurbations—its components separate, giving structure to the city’s zones; life naturally generates efficient forms.
In September, PROGRAM presents a commissioned exhibition by Julian Charrière and Andreas Greiner that breaches the gulf between national and microbial scale. Systematically collecting microbes throughout Germany, the artists will breed them in sealed glass vitrines inside the gallery. The various molds collected will grow into colonies of different shapes, sizes and color; the interconnected network of filaments bursting into competing globes, hills, meadows and slime. This exhibition projects a new German topography, one that comes into being organically and free of social, political or economic parameters.
Julian Charrière & Andreas Greiner are both currently students in the Universität der Künste in Berlin, at Olafur Eliasson's Institut für Raumexperimente. They have worked both together and separately, and are members of Das Numen, a Berlin-based art collective that probes questions both biological and mystical.
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