Experiment: 2 days workshop
A photosynthesis workshop as a test assembly for the whole

Dunbar’s Number (dunbars.tumblr.com | cargocollective.com/dunbarsnr) realised a collective workshop which was inspired by the title of the exhibition „Mutations“ and dealt with photosynthesis as a process that is creating reality. Photosynthesis – that creative power in nature which is converting low-energy substances into energy-rich substances – was given as a buzzword to the participants. The starting point for the attendants was to bring along four identical materials or products that could be associated with photosynthesis. The material, respectively the initial object, was handed over to the next participant, declined, changed and brought into a new condition. Finally everybody was involved in the creating process of each product, which in turn questioned authorship and made it somehow obsolete.
In course of the metamorphosis of the initial product the archaic parchment deformed into packaging, the solar-powered garden light mutated into a light switch, the honeycomb struture became a model of a ceramic plaster stool and the wooden sugar molecule disintergrated after unsuccessful experimental setups. The process and the common creative act was the focus of the workshop and became the breeding ground for future projects and ideas. Moreover, the workshop led Dunbar’s Number to its beginning – the joint and interdisciplinary discourse.

mischer'traxler (mischertraxler.com/)
Sonja Bäumel (sonjabaeumel.at/)
Konstantin Schmölzer (konstantin-schmoelzer.com/)

Judith Radlegger

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