Sissel Tolaas

Sissel Tolaas has concentrated on the language and communication of smell, focusing particularly on the concept of capturing the essence of a person or a place. With an academic background in mathematics, chemistry, linguistics and arts, she has been working, researching and experimenting with the topic of smell within different scientific fields, art and design since 1990. Tolaas established the SMELL RE_searchLab Berlin, on smell, communication and language in Berlin in January 2004, supported by IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.) Her research has been awarded through numerous national and international scholarships, honors and prizes. (download lecture poster)
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Art Orienté objet (Marion Laval-Jeantet & Benoît Mangin)

The French duo Art Orienté objet (Marion Laval-Jeantet & Benoît Mangin) has been creating works concerned with the environment, trans-species relationships and the questioning of scientific methods and tools since 1991. Their work takes on various aesthetic forms (installations, objects, videos, and/or photographs) They are fascinated by the sciences of life in general and, of behavior in particular, from ethology to transcultural psychiatry. During the last 20 years, they have produced poetic and disturbing art resulting from their own bodily experiments that reveal our behavior in the face of existence of other living beings and
 the environment. Their work takes on various aesthetic forms, from self-experimentation to installations, objects, videos, and photographs.
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Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand

Dmitry Gelfand (b.1974, St. Petersburg, Russia) and Evelina Domnitch (b. 1972, Minsk, Belarus) create sensory immersion environments that merge physics, chemistry and computer science with uncanny philosophical practices. Current findings, particularly regarding wave phenomena, are employed by the artists to investigate questions of perception and perpetuity. Such investigations are salient because the scientific picture of the world, which serves as the basis for contemporary thought, still cannot encompass the unrecordable workings of consciousness.
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Tuur van Balen & Revital Cohen

Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen’s work is occupied with broad meanings of material and production. They work with objects, installation, film and photography to explore manufacturing processes as cultural, ethical and political practices. Experimenting with the use of design as a medium, they construct objects and systems that question the context in which they operate. They live and work in London.
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Stelarc is a performance artist who has visually probed and acoustically amplified his body. He has made three films of the inside of his body. Between 1976-1988 he completed 26 body suspension performances with hooks into the skin. He has used medical instruments, prosthetics, robotics, Virtual Reality systems, the Internet and biotechnology to engineer intimate and involuntary interfaces with the body. He explores Alternate Anatomical Architectures with augmented and extended body constructs.
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