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milieu #02

Materials and media

4K video, sound


#ephemeral #growing #immersive #trans-species

The video ‘milieu #02’ emerged from a microbial performance where I used my feet as a tool for imprinting and collected microbes from the streets of Berlin and of my own skin.

…we can no longer think of ourselves as the only organizing agencies at work in the larger world within which we live out our lives; other agencies than the “one” we each (mis)name as “I” are at work within us, and all around us.[1]

Even the simplest question are also the most difficult when asked in front of the background of the microbiome. Not only philosophically but also biologically. The human microbiome is a perfect example of how biology and philosophy merge to existential investigations.

Who am I? Am I we?

The video ‘milieu #02’ displays bacterial landscapes from my microbal performances and topographies of surfaces.

The video  emerged from a microbial performance where I used my feet as a tool for imprinting and collected the spheres, rods and spirals from the surrounding outside (Umwelt) for allowing bacteria to reproduce and grow. Results were seen in the days after when bacteria started to grow and shape of feet formed in the medium.

In the video you can see camera movements over the grown bacterial landscape and matter that was involved in the performance (stone, asphalt, gravel, dirt, skin), which results in a poetic study of surfaces and membranes.

[1] Shotter, John: »Agential realism, social constructionism, and our living relations to our surroundings. Sensing similarities rather than seeing patterns«, in: Theory & Psychology 24 (2014), S. 306


Bauhausfrauen, Kunsthalle Erfurt (DE) 2019

“Spektrum – Future Communities” | MMOMA – Moskow Museum of Modern Art eduction building | 01 December 2018 – 25 February 2019

Creating Empathy, transmediale Vorspiel, Spektrum Berlin (DE) 2019

“Biodesign Here Now” | London Design Week | 15-23 September 2018:

“Between Studio and Laboratory” / “Zwischen Atelier und Labor”, curated by Marco Hompes | 24.06. – 03.10. 2018 | Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden Germany:


Artist: Theresa Schubert

Sound: Peter Kirn