Fermenting Futures – Art Exposition at Kunsthaus Wiesbaden
Fermenting Futures explores the significance of yeast from cultural, scientific, ethical and aesthetic perspectives. Yeast’s ability to ferment alcohol and make bread rise has played a key role in the development of human civilisation from ancient times, but now we are asked to consider how yeast biotechnology might help us confront global environmental problems such as climate change and plastic pollution in the future.
The exhibited sculptures, installations, and textile works investigate the interrelationship of humans, yeasts and culture that has continued for millennia, but with a focus on new directions in synthetic biology.
The artists, Anna Dumitriu and Alex May, collaborated with Prof. Dr. Diethard Mattanovich, Prof. Dr. Michael Sauer, Dr. Özge Ata and Dr. Martin Altvater at the Institute of Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, as part of a strategic COMET project within the Austrian Center of Industrial Biotechnology (acib). Sonja Schachinger and Wolfgang Giegler are responsible for curatorial support.
The exposition can be explored at the Kunsthaus Wiesbaden from the 6th of April to the 24th of June 2022. More information are available here.