On occasion of the Max Planck Day, KLAS artists-in-residence Otavio Schipper/Sergio Krakowski and Agnes Meyer-Brandis will present the works developed throughout their residency at the interface of Synthetic Biology.

One year has gone by already since the KLAS awardees spent time at the labs of Dr. Tom Robinson (Biomicrofluidic Systems), Dr. Arren Bar-Even (Systems and Synthetic Metabolism), Dr. Alex de Vries (Molecular Dynamics) and Prof. Jan Kok (Molecular Genetics).

Conversations with the research teams, exchanges of ideas, understanding what synthetic biology is, what art can be…it is now time for the artists to show us what piqued their curiosity and how they shape this knowledge, imagination and vision.


Come visit the artists on the Opening day, Tuesday 11th of September.
The exhibition will be on view until October 12th, 2018.



Agnes Meyer-Brandis probes the fragile border and tension between fact and fiction. Developed during her residency at KLAS, the Microfluid Chip Oracle and Answering Machine (MCO&AM) is a very small drawing and cybernetic agent that can only be observed with the help of a microscope. It is an oracle driven by droplets that run through the handwritten text like blood through a vain or sap through a plant. A machine unveiling a glimpse into a universe of questions that surface/appear in front of our telescopes and microscopes opposing a simple “yes” or “no”.

Fascinated by the history of objects and memory as much as by the concepts of communication and coding, Otavio Schipper and Sergio Krakowski inquire into the origins of science, tradition, and imagination. THe artists have been using scientific research such as artificial intelligence, comuptational music theory, electronic engineering and neuroscience, to develop complex sound and light installations, leading the public into territories more closely associated with dream states and imagination dives. For KLAS they will be presenting Golem, a video installation and a short story by Stephen Berg.

MPI Campus Potsdam-Golm
Am Mühlenberg 1, 14476 Potsdam

Tuesday 11th September 2018, 13:30-15:00

Max Planck Day
Friday 14th September 2018

Press release (EN)

Press release (DE)

For any questions please reach us at klas@mpikg.mpg.de

Guided tour available on demand

Useful Links
Otavio Schipper & Sergio Krakowski
Agnes Meyer Brandis
First days with Otavio Schipper (2017)
KLAS Workshop (2017)