Workshop - Leaking Bodies

Quelle: Karolina Żyniewicz / workshop Leaking Bodies, Stretching Senses School festival

Date: November 1 – 4, 2022, 10 – 15 h
Venue: Room 341 (01.-03.11) & Room 336 (04.11), Bundesallee 1-12, D-10719, Berlin
Registration for UdK-students:  inkuele_ - Please also state your course of study, your motivation for wanting to join and your expectation of this workshop.  


Leaking Bodies

In this workshop, representatives of the “Leaking Bodies” collaborative will share their knowledge, established methods, and experience in digital archiving, materiality and virtual reality. Through a process of (research-based) storytelling, collecting fieldwork samples, recording with EMF mics, cameras, and mini microscopes, workshop participants will collect and view virtual objects in a digital archive and enter a virtual world based on a created narrative.

The workshop participants will learn how to plan and implement artistic research, including fieldwork experiences, formulating narration, creating documentation, and designing presentations (not necessarily in an exhibition format). Everything produced during the workshop will be a take-away product, which can be further developed individually or commonly. The primary visual outcome will be a photo and video documentation published on the InKüLe website. Participants are invited to contact the “Leaking Bodies” members after the workshop, if they decide to develop their outcomes further.

“Leaking Bodies” originated in the Stretching Senses School (SSS), organized by The Cluster of Excellence “Matters of Activity,” Humboldt University. The general aim of The Cluster is to research matter in different forms and to build bridges between biology and technology, between nature and culture, and between physical and virtual worlds. Stretching Senses School invited artists, designers, and researchers to reflect on the relationship between physical and virtual experiences in interdisciplinary teams. The starting point of this reflective process was an exhibition titled Stretching Materialities, which served as a reference point to develop their research. This research culminated in a new exhibition, which serves as a starting point for further study in future. The material story does not end and allows for the incorporation of following creators and explorers.


Karolina Żyniewicz is an internationally recognized artist (2009 graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, Department of Visual Arts) and researcher, PhD student (Nature-Culture Transdisciplinary PhD Program at Artes Liberales Faculty, University of Warsaw). She calls herself a liminal being because her work is “in-between” art, biotechnology, humanities, and anthropology. Żyniewicz sees her liminal activity as situated knowledge production. She mainly focuses on life's broad understanding (biological and cultural meaning). Her projects have conceptual and critical character. The main point of her PhD thesis, titled: Transmattering in the Making: Autoethnographic Analysis and Relations among Human, Post-Human, and Non-Human Liminal Beings is the analysis of multilevel relations emerging during the realization of liminal projects. She tries to put her observations, as an artist/researcher (liminal being), in the context of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and feminist humanities.


Charlotte Roschka is an engineer and bioinformatician from Berlin. In her scientific studies she investigated bacteria of one strain in regard to their genetic predisposition to decompose bioplastic materials. Through her technical background and her position as a research assistant in the Working Group Data Management and Medical Informatics at the Charité, she was able to expand her competence in programming and learned to quickly familiarize herself with new technologies. Since her graduation she works as an interdisciplinary artist with VR, sonification and visualizations. Currently she lives in The Hague and studies at the KABK in the Master ArtScience. In her master studies she focuses on bringing her interests from the field of bioinformatics into art.