Club for Science & Art in Poznan and Art & Science Node in Berlin have a pleasure to invite you to:


CAPTURE THE FUTURE(s): Evolution – 1° edition

“Long term Visions”

Scientific debate

Art/Science Film program

Art/Science exhibition




When: 29.10.2015

Where: Collegium Biologicum UAM / Adam Mickiewicz University
Small Aula, Gallery of the Club for Science & Art




– 5pm: Welcome
– 5.15pm: Film program
– 6pm: Scientific debate
– 7.30: The opening of the exhibition
– 8pm: Reception drink

 Scientific Debate

Long term Visions


  • Prof. Władysław Polcyn:
    Self-organization and the origin of life
    Dept. of Plant Physiology Faculty of Biology, UAM
  • Prof. Jacek Radwan:
    Mutations: yin and yang of the evolution
    Evolutionary Biology Group, Faculty of Biology UAM
  • Prof. Borys Wróbel:
    Life: in art, artificial, synthetic
    The Evolutionary Systems Laboratory, Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • Prof. Krzysztof Łastowski: Modern Synthesis vs Extended Synthesis – Towards to New Paradigm Structure of the Evolutionary Biology
    Department of Logic and Cognitive Science, Institute of Psychology, UAM


Moderators :

  • Prof. Zofia Szweykowska-Kulińska
    Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, FB/UAM
  • Prof. Artur Jarmołowski
    Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, FB/UAM
  • Prof. Joanna Hoffmann-Dietrich
    University of Arts in Poznan

Art Program:
Film Program

Suzanne Anker (USA)
Katarzyna Hoffmann (PL)
Joanna Hoffmann-Dietrich (PL)
Reiner Maria Matysik (DE)
Jill Scott (AU/CH)


Film Program

 1- Pandas, Matúš VIZÁR , CZ,SL, 2013, 12min


“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change” Charles Darwin. They are the product of millions of generations before them and yet they’re left all alone in the forest to fend for themselves. One day an all too active primate, the human being, finds them and they quickly become a pond in man’s games.
The film was awarded i.a. by 3rd prize Cinefondation Festival de Cannes, 2013



2- Macrostructure Eric Schockmel – UK 2013, 04:58


Inspired by science and video games, Macrostructure is the first episode in a micro-series entitled “What If You Created Artificial Life And It Started Worshipping You”. We are taken on a 3D animated journey through a world inhabited by synthetic life forms and the self-aware machines who manufacture, control, and recycle them.
Presented i.a. at BIO·FICTION Science Art & Film Festival, Vienna 2014




3.Flesh Computer Ethan Shaftel (USA) – 2013, 13:16


When his cybernetic pet project is put in jeopardy, the handyman of a decaying apartment building is forced to take a stand, blurring the lines between human and machine.
FLESH COMPUTER, a short film from writer/director Ethan Shaftel, explores the nature of consciousness by jumping between the perspectives of an eclectic group of characters including a young girl, a vicious bully, and a tiny housefly. Noted philosopher David Chalmers appears in the film and raises some fundamental questions of consciousness in counterpoint to the action. Also starring Rob Kerkovich (NCIS: New Orleans), Anthony Guerino, and introducing Elle Gabriel.
Awards winning short sci-fi film, presented i.a. Imagine Science Festival NYC 2014


4 – Quasi-Objects / Cinematic Environment #8 Lorenzo Oggiano – IT 2012, 04:32


“Quasi-Objects” is an on-going art project consisting of 3D generated videos and prints, a practice of “organic re-design” that aims to contribute to the debate of an up-coming postnatural ecosystem: Life as something that is not exclusively located within a body, but rather immanent in any complex system, human or non-human.
Presented i.a. at BIO·FICTION Science Art & Film Festival, Vienna 2014




5 – A new way in Evolution Uwe Sleytr – AT 2014, 03:41


Whereas retracing the evolution of life forms by using fossils has become increasingly possible, predicting the future development of living organisms is hardly conceivable, even more with the capacities synthetic biology brings towards the creation of entirely new species. This clip is an experimental piece, which explores an evolution that is sped up by synthetic biology, by utilizing skulptures which are presented as fossils from the future. While it tries to imagine the future of human development, the film also underlines that such an evolution is entirely unforeseeable.
Prof. Uwe Sleytr is head of the Center for Nanobiotechnology and the associated Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Molecular Nanotechnology, member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, president of the Erwin Schrödinger Society for Nanosciences and a co-inventor of NANO-S’ S-layer technology platform.
Presented i.a. at BIO·FICTION Science Art & Film Festival, Vienna 2014


Suzanne Anker (USA), Katarzyna Hoffmann (PL), Joanna Hoffmann-Dietrich (PL), Reiner Maria Matysik (DE), Jill Scott (AU/CH),

Jill Scott – Jellyeyes: evolution and vision


JELLYEYES: EVOLUTION AND VISION is an interpretive augmented reality artwork with perceptual surprises, based on the evolution of our own pair of forward-looking eyes and our relatives: the 24 eyes of the poisonous Australian box jellyfish and the large round eyes of one of our favourite foods-squid or calamari. Jellyeyes is a combination of informative scientific facts and an interpretative artistic approach. This collaboration involves an abstraction from the inspiration of scientific complexity and the creation of interactive narratives that intrigue and entice the viewer to learn in a more alternative  way than traditional didactic methods. The main aim is to raise awareness about evolution and cause more post-reflection by the public, through interactions with metaphorical narratives based on symbiosis, co-evolution and completion.
Collaborators:  Dr. Stephan Neuhauss: Neurobiology, University of Zurich, Dr. Lisa-Ann Girshwin, Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services, Nikolas Völzow, Programmer at ZKM Karlsruhe and the AIL Production Studio. (The freelance studio of Dr. Jill Scott) ZHdK.
Jill Scott (Dr) is Professor for Art and Science Research in the Institute of Cultural Studies in the Arts, at the Zurich University of the Arts, Founder of the Artists-in-Labs Program and Vice Director of the Z-Node PHD program on art and science at the University of Plymouth, UK. Her artwork spans 38 years of media art production about the human body, behaviour and body politics and recently on neuroscience, ecology and sensory perception. Her most recent art works involve the construction of interactive media and electronic sculptures based on studies she has conducted in residence in neuroscience labs at the University of Zurich, called »Neuromedia« Her publications with Springer include Neuromedia: Art and Science Research with Esther Stoeckli (2012), Transdiscourse 1: Mediated Environments (2011) and Artists-in-labs: Networking in the Margins (2011).


Joanna Hoffmann – MicroR-evolution: intrinsic connections


There are many complementary definitions of life based on i.e. information transfer, thermodynamics or pattern recognition. However, life can be also perceived as a form of existence of space-time, and vice versa space-time can be perceived as a way of existence of life. How the evolution of space-time is reflected in biological structures and their interactions? Which universal processes and geometries are hidden in “microscapes”? What perceptual tools do we have to apprehend them? In the series MicroR-Evolution: intrinsic connection, an RNA molecule, became a key for artistic investigations about the structural emergence, alterability and affinity in nature. The series embraces short 3D stereoscopic animations
The series is developed in cooperation with Prof. Janusz Bujnicki/Genesilico Lab, ICMB Warsaw and KNOW Polish National Leading RNA Research Institute in Poznan
Joanna Hoffmann-Dietrich (Dr hab) is Professor of the University of Arts in Poznan, where she leads the Studio for Transdisciplinary Projects & Research AE/UAP. She is also co-founder and Chair of the Art & Science Node in Berlin. Her artistic works have been widely presented i.a.: at the Center for Contemporary Arts (Warsaw); Science Museum/DANA Centre (London); MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art (London); Transmediale Festival (Berlin); EPO European Patent Office, Berlin; WRO Media Art Biennale (Wroclaw); MUSE Centre of Photography and the Moving Image  (New York); BioQuant Centre (Heidelberg, DE); Hiroshima City Museum (J). She was an artist in residence at i.a.: Eilslabs/DKFZ /Heidelberg University; Academy of Film and Television Potsdam-Babelsberg DE; CEMA Centre for Electronic Media Art/Srishti College & NCBS National Centre of Biological Science, Bangalore (lN); KHOJ & ICGEB International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology New Delhi (lN). Reiterated Fellow of the Polish Minister of Culture.


Suzanne Anker – Vanitas in a petri dish

Suzanne Anker is a pioneer in Bio Art working at the intersection of art and the biological sciences. She works in a variety of mediums ranging from digital sculpture and installation to large-scale photography to plants grown by LED lights. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally, including the JP Getty Museum, the Pera Museum in Istanbul, and the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Her books include The Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age, co-authored with the late sociologist Dorothy Nelkin, published in 2004 by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Visual Culture and Bioscience, co-published by University of Maryland and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. Chairing SVA’s Fine Arts Department in NYC since 2005, Ms. Anker continues to interweave traditional and experimental media in her department’s new digital initiative and the SVA Bio Art Laboratory.


Reiner Maria Matysik  – Prototypes for organisms


Matysik’s work became well known particularly through his models of post-evolutionary organisms, which are situated between Matysik’s vision of active evolution, that is, evolution controlled by humans, and the future forms of living biological sculptures created by the artist. The artist’s motivation in creating these prototypes of future organisms stems from his conviction that the rapid advances in modern molecular biology and genetic engineering will have dramatic consequences for the process of biological evolution, as well as for art, that can hardly be assessed at present.
The works for the exhibition are conceptions for new life-forms that have been converted into models. They are all characterized by the absence of the facial senses that are typical for higher animals and especially by the absence of the eyes, which are central for our perception; therefore, they can be referred to as eyeless ones (inoculi).Through the specific adoption of object, installation and video Matysik creates an area of conflict between promise and failure in a potential future.
Reiner Maria Matysik lives in Berlin, studied fine arts at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and at the Ateliers Arnhem in the Netherlands. 2004 he directed the artistic development project »institute of biological sculpture« at the HBK Braunschweig and worked as an assistant professor at the Institute of Visual Arts, Faculty of Architecture, Technical University Braunschweig. He has exhibited his artworks in institutions such as the Berlin Medical History Museum of the Charité, Centre Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland; Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin; Projektraum deutscher Künstlerbund, Laboratoria Moskau; Museum Koenig, Bonn; Georg Kolbe Museum and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden; Fondación Cesar Manrique, Lanzarote; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland. He is the recipient of grants from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Kunstfonds e.V., DAAD, KfW Bank, Stiftung NORD/LB · Öffentliche, and the Berlin Senate.


Katarzyna Hoffmann


The inspiration for emergence of the project was a constant humanity’s need to discover and explore the world and impressive and surprising scientific discoveries, which inform about a dozen newly discovered animal species every year. The author returns to old biological drawings showing, often inaccurately, internal physique of bugs, fishes and arachnids and confronts them with contemporary biological pictures created using contemporary advanced technologies. This way the author creates non-existent, hybrid, new species. The works are a kind of experiment based upon creation of species which could have been another stage of evolution, perfectly adjusted to constantly changing environmental conditions caused by human activity.

Reconstruction, 2015


The pictures created are an attempt to describe nature by digital techniques that transcribe its primary structure to a digital code. A plant has been registered by a 3D scanner, which allowed to document its structure, imperceptible by the human eye. Such operation allowed the fragmentation of a plant and removal of its “shell” or “skin” to observe its internal side. In addition it showed technique’s inferiority in comparison to the nature’s perfection.


Finissage – 14.01.2016 at 5pm

Prof. Krzysztof Łastowski, Prof. Władysław Polcyn,
Prof. Jacek Radwan, Prof. Borys Wróbel
Organised and moderated by
Prof. Zofia Szweykowska- Kulińska
Prof. Joanna Hoffmann-Dietrich
Prof. Artur Jarmołowski
5.-5.15 pm: Introduction. Art& Science Program
5.15 pm: panel debate: Capture the Future(s): Evolution
6.15 : open discussion
6. 30: summary and continuation : Capture the Future(s): Evolution II, Berlin 2016
6.45 : official end