Four residencies are taking place in 2023, in collaboration with E.ON Stiftung and Junge Akademie, AdK, Berlin. This year E-WERK Luckenwalde was added as a new partner to the VISIT Residency programme with a special focus on sustainability and energy. Two residencies focused on energy have been offered to Lena Von Goedeke (DE) and Antoinette Yetunde Oni (UK/Nigeria) and two residencies focused on the human-machine have been offered to Petja Ivanova and Tin Wilke / Laura Fong Prosper. Wilke/ Fong Prosper will occupy studios at E-WERK from this spring in conjunction with a public programme, including open studio days, and screenings.
Visitors are warmly welcome to visit on Open Studio Days this Spring on 6 – 7 May 2023 between 12:00 – 18:00.
Artist in Residence Public Programme
6 – 7 May 2023 Open Studios at E-WERK Luckenwalde
Over the weekend E-WERK Luckenwalde and its artists in residence will open their doors to the public, as part of the Open Studios event in Teltow Flaeming. E-WERK Currently has 14 artists occupying studios on site, who are a combination of fully funded artists in residence, artist refugees who have been provided free accommodation and artistic support, and subsidised studio rents. The studios come with access to the E-WERK community and fully equipped workshops. Please find more information concerning the Teltow Flaeming open studios programme here.
Open for the weekend are:
Laura Fong Prosper and Tin Wilke
Memorial Matter is a hybrid installation co-created as joint artistic research by the artists Tin Wilke and Laura Fong Prosper to explore various image carriers such as 3D objects, textiles, and recycled fibres that emerge from the AI experiments with the 16-mm film archive material.
Memorial Matter deals with enigmatic crossovers between earthly materials and digital culture. The artists are working with an extensive historic 16mm film archive that reveals the use of industrial technology to extract natural resources as a sign of progress. They disrupt material temporalities using artificial neural networks to transform the progressive imaginaries of the 20th century into materials that refer to a future as distant as the past is to the minerals from which they were constructed. There is a shift from smooth, shiny and symmetrical forms to spaces of friction, imperfection and roughness – digital ruins as architectures of material memory.
During the residency at E-WERK Tin Wilke worked on 3D Sculptures created with the ashes that E-WERK generates as a by-product for it´s energy production, utilising the facilities and know how of the Gewerbehof in Luckenwalde, an external site of the University of Applied Sciences, Potsdam and Wildau that has a specialised 3D printing machine. Tin created a data set of still images from the 16 mm archive containing the imaginings of progress, based on industrialization, mining and extractivism. The still images were fed into a StyleGan neural network that created new images containing the condensed visual information of the modernities project of progress. These images were converted into printable 3D objects with the support of Angel Salazar. In doing so, Tin has combined digital technology with regional biomaterials, shifting the digital imaginary to the rematerialisation of a new possible space-time from the ruins of the Anthropocene age. For this project, together with artist Lucía Tieff, they have also been working with Xanthan and ashes-based biomaterial for 3D printing, as well as with a potato starch-based biopolymer mixed with recycled waste of ashes to create recipes for the manufacturing of bioplastic sheets that envelope and intervene the silk screen prints produced by Laura Fong Prosper.
Further E-WERK artists will also open their studios too. See website for details.
Antoinette Yetunde Oni (artist not currently in residence)
The Honourable Harvest
The Honourable Harvest is a material exploration of the abundant biomass generated from agricultural processes and other plant life. She will experiment and document the fibres derived from the water hyacinth plant— a tropical, aquatic species which grows at an alarming rate on subtropical waterways. The artist aims to establish the material flow map of the water hyacinth processing for cultural and commercial use by artisans, scientists and farmers. Through a series of co-design and artistic interventions with participants from the local community, the aim is to collaboratively explore the feasibility of using the water hyacinth fibres for energy production as well as local crafts. In September Oni was the artist in residence in Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria at the Yinka Shonibare Foundation Guest Artist Space.
This summer Antoinette Yetunde Oni will present an outdoor sculpture, which was developed during her residency at E-WERK, as part of ‘on damp earths we wander – a journey of eight stories in the sonic garden of Kerima Tariman’; an exhibition, listening and encounter project curated by Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock in Lantz’scher Park in Düsseldorf, where an annual project series is initiated by the Kunstkommission Düsseldorf. Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock is a curator and researcher, the executive managing co-director of SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin-Wedding, and part of the participatory archive project Colonial Neighbours.
Lena Von Goedeke (artist not currently in residence)
Negative Emission Technology / Wittern
Lena Von Goedeke will research a new method of working with the mineral olivine. The green rock is one of the most abundant minerals in the Earth's mantle and has the special property of sequestering CO2 from the atmosphere. During the chemical weathering process (dissolution with water), crystals are formed from the CO2, which can thus be stored in the soil and used by organisms. During the residency Von Goedeke will work to develop a technique to transform the material into outdoor sculptures that can be weathered by rainwater and thus play a part in reducing greenhouse gases. Von Goedeke will also use this opportunity to collaborate with scientific partners, manufacturers and suppliers including those in Åheim, Norway, the largest natural deposit of the mineral olivine in Europe and finance material tests and prototypes.