[spectre] The Crystal World Open Laboratory, CTM12, Berlin,
Jan. 30 - Feb. 04. 2012
j at xxn.org.uk
Thu Dec 29 18:51:39 CET 2011
The Crystal World Open Laboratory, CTM12, Berlin, Jan. 30 - Feb. 04. 2012
Open call for participants for a 6 day laboratory at Kunstraum
Kreuzberg/Bethanien as part of CTM.12 with Jonathan Kemp, Martin
Howse, Ryan Jordan, and Ralf Baecker.
The absolute silence of the vegetation along the banks and the deep
prismatic glow almost convinced him that the entire earth had been
transformed and that any progress through this crystal world had
become pointless. (J.G. Ballard, The Crystal World).
The Crystal World Open Laboratory, through various chemical
decrystallizations of the digital, returns to the earth redundant
electronics, the poisonous support for a synthesised dystopic world, as
the recrystallized mineral. Mimicking the often dangerous processes
undertaken in the recovery of rare and precious metals by the
dispossessed, the Crystal World proposes to expand these world
interventions through experimentation in the formation of novel crystal
earth geologies aimed to etch unexpected psychophysical distortions and
contingencies into our contemporary crystalline cycles.
During the open laboratory activities will include explorations in earth
computing, mineral precipitation, high heat synthetic geology and
inductive crystallography, DIY semi-conductor fabrication, water crystal
cryptography, anthropocenic fossilizations, kirlian photography,
hi-voltage fulgurite construction.
On Sunday 5th February there will be a public presentation and
performances, with laboratory process to be exposed during an exhibition
at Kunstraum Kreuzberg over the following weeks.
Participants take part at their own risk. Experiments will include high
heat and highly toxic processes. Some safety gear will be provided but
please bring any masks/goggles/labcoats or similar if available.
No previous experience is necessary although as places are limited
preference will be given to those showing a firm interest and commitment
to the full six days. Please send expressions of interest to x at xxn.org.uk.
Jonathan Kemp: http://xxn.org.uk
Martin Howse: http://1010.co.uk/org
Ryan Jordan: http://ryanjordan.org
Ralf Baecker: [http://www.rlfbckr.org
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