Slime Dynamics III is an exhibition and a series of four workshops by Jasmin Märker especially programmed for the NI Science Festival that explore how construction materials relate to biological nutrients, and how their distribution and application allow some humans and species to thrive while marginalising others. For the duration of the project PS² will be converted into an open lab containing a series of the artist’s art-science experiments, which respond to psychogeographic explorations of the city.
Psychogeography finds its roots in the Situationist movement, which has endowed walking or drifting with deeper meaning and encourages it as means of exploring the city. Rather than walking, Jasmin has conducted a range of psycho(cyclo)geographic experiments while working as a bike courier. Experiencing Belfast through the saddle, rather than the sole the work the artist reflects on how materials alter our perception of the city. The work also looks at how socioeconomic factors shape these routes and experiences.
As a workshop participant, you will be able to translate your own city reflections into biological experiments. Using slime moulds and wheat grass, you will simulate how fictional scenarios could change your mental maps of Belfast. (Slime moulds are yellow unicellular organisms most known for remodelling the design of the Tokyo railway system in 26hours.) At the end of the workshop participants will be able to take some of these experiments home to watch them change as they evolve.
Venue: PS², 11 Rosemary Street, Belfast BT1 1QA
Exhibition opening times: Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Workshop times: Sunday 16th, Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd 3-5pm, Thursday 5-7pm
Tickets for workshops are limited. To book your workshop place please visit the events page at the link below
Opening hours: Wed-Sat, 12-5pm
Contact: email@example.com or 07733457772
PS² is supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.