Exhibition: Axis
Backfabrik, Prenzlauer Allee/Saarbruecker Strasse 36
Sept. 3 - Oct. 3
Opening: Saturday, Sept. 3, 7:00 PM - ??
Performance: Saturday Sept. 3, 8:00 PM
Artists: Sebastian Walter, Galo Moncayo, Nicolas Kerksieck, Felix Hediger, Antony Hall, Tim Deussen, Marcus Ahlers
Curators: Marcus Ahlers, Jennifer Hickey
Residence in Berlin supported by the Fulbright Commission.

In cooperation with Takt Kunstprojektraum, Axis traces trajectories in the history of science and examines the shifting parameters of our current human condition. The exhibition questions how increased knowledge affects how we perceive ourselves and our integration with our environment. In what ways must we reinvent these conceptions as the barriers among the defining aspects of our human condition are rendered permeable or disintegrate in the surge of scientific development?
Axis presents works by seven artists. The work being exhibited explores various phenomena involved in the systems constructing and surrounding the human experience. A collection of Rainbow Trout at various stages of development offers insight into the role of the genetic code in embryonic development. Amplified signals from the electric organ discharge of the Long-Nose Elephant Fish are integrated in a dynamic sound performance. Saltwater is split into its molecular components through the application of low voltage electrical current. A detailed survey of technology deployed in concentration camps offers insights into the dubious potentials of human ingenuity. The mechanism of our nervous system is applied to the engineered neural network connecting a series of squeaky toys. Silicone dialysis bags are recontextualized in sculptural and photographic means and the fundamental properties of our physical environment are revealed in constructions reminiscent of an alchemist’s laboratory.