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Marlene Bart lives and works in Berlin. Her practice is situated at the intersection of natural history, anatomy and visual art. Bart is also a researcher and futurist who envisions the possibilities of how a common visual language in art and science could be used to address holistic issues such as the meaning of ordering systems. In her current projects she explores how our relationship to visual taxonomies can be mediated and critiqued via the medium of virtual reality.

The diverse use of multimedia techniques (printmaking, artist books, sculptures, taxidermy, installations, VR animations, AI) allows her to playfully integrate a wide range of visual content, referencing the historical dimension of scientific publications, which she firmly places in a contemporary context. This approach illustrates Bart's interest in the interplay between technology and technoimagination.

Additionally, Bart's work delves into pivotal queries within interspecies discourse, tackling inquiries like "How should we navigate the continuously eroding lines between humans, nature, and technology?" and "In what ways can we depart from our human-centric viewpoint to foster a genuinely non-anthropocentric world?" Concurrently, Bart integrates feminist approaches into this discussion within the realm of interspecies dialogue.

 

Among her collaborators are esteemed institutions such as the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, the Tieranatomische Theaters, the Zeiss Planetarium, and the Max Planck Institute.

 

Since 2023 Bart holds a PhD of the Bauhaus-University in Weimar. She worked on the theme of "The Artist's Book as a Multimedia Encyclopedia" and conducted research on the intersections of visual systems in art and science. 

Between 2022 and 2023, she held the position of Managing Director at Extended Reality Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. and effectively cultivated a strong network within the XR community.

Bart studied Fine Art at the University of Arts in Braunschweig (HBK), the Villa Arson (École nationale supérieure d’art) in Nice and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She holds a masters degree in Art in Context from the College of Fine Arts Berlin (UdK), has been a docent at the University of Arts in Braunschweig (HBK) between 2017-2020 and at the Bauhaus- University in Weimar between 2020-2021.

She is the founder and editor of the transdisciplinary book series "Atlas of Databodies" published by transcript Verlag. Additionally, she is a co-founder of the internationally active artist collective and association, TURBA.

Bart takes an active role in international conferences, transdisciplinary projects, and exhibitions related to visual arts, underscoring her dual identity as both an artist and an artistic researcher. 

 

She is represented by the Peter Gaugy Gallery in Vienna and the Whitegrid Gallery in Berlin. Her work has been featured in numerous international solo and group exhibitions in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, and the USA.

Awards / Scholarships / Residencies (selection)

2023

Publication grant from the Bauhaus University Weimar (equal rights office) for the artist's book as a multimedia encyclopaedia

DKB working grant for visual artists who work with virtual reality (Nominees of the VR ART PRIZE)

2022

Residency and exhibition (Recto Verso Festival, Laval, FR)

INITIAL 2 – Neue Kooperationen, Special Grant (Akademie der Künste, Berlin, DE)

2021

Grant for transparatizing taxidermy (Alexander Tutsek Stiftung, Munich, DE)

2020

"Kunststipendium" (German Study Centre Venice, IT)

Production scholarship (Berengo Studio, Murano, IT) 

Bauhaus PhD Scholarship (Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar, DE)

 

2019

Artist in Residence at Art Quarter Budapest (aqb, Budapest, HU)

 

2018

Projektstipendium (Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen)

Artist in Residence at Χοροθέατρο Ακροποδητί | Σύρος (Dance Centre Akropoditi, Syros, GR)

 

2017

"Herbststipendium 2017" (Künstlerhaus im Schlossgarten Cuxhaven)

Master Student scholarship (Stiftung Braunschweigischer Kulturbesitz)

Award of EREIGNIS DRUCKGRAPHIK 2017 (BBK Leipzig)

 

2016

La Bourse Impulsion Arts visuels

 

2015

CANON PROFIFOTO Award

ISAP scholarship (Los Angeles, USA)

 

2014

PSD Bank Art Award

ERASMUS scholarship (Nice, FR)

 

 

Exhibitions (selection of solo shows & group shows)

2024

Ordnungswut (Galerie Peter Gaugy, Vienna, AT) SS

2023

Theatrum Radix (Tieranatomisches Theater & Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, DE) SS

Berlin goes Austin, Immersive space (South by Southwest (SXSW), USA) GS

Theatrum Radix (Screening at Zeiss Planetarium, Berlin, DE) SS

UNLEASHED UTOPIAS,VR ART PRIZE (Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, DE) GS

VRFestMx (Muv Lab, Mexico City, MEX) GS

Berlain (Räume.Art, Berlin, DE) GS 

2022

Hoch wie nie: imaginary landscapes and the creatures who live there (Galerie Peter Gaugy, Vienna, AT) GS

Theatrum Radix (Recto Verso Festival, Bateau Lavoir Saint-Julien, Laval, FR) SS

Theatrum Radix (VRE - Virtual Reality Experience festival, MEET, Milan, IT) GS

2021

Taxa & Theater of Memory (Allgemeiner Konsumverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, DE) SS

Naturae (Galerie Peter Gaugy, Vienna, AT) GS

Je, je suis si fragile (Spazio Norbert Salenbauch, Venice, IT) SS

Fragments of Hybrid Soup (oMo artspace, Berlin, DE) GS

 

2020

Environmental Crisis Exhibition (Gerald Moore Gallery, London, UK) GS

Naturdinge (Sprengel@Feinkunst, Hanover, DE) SS

Charity art auction (Federation of Austrian Industry, Vienna, AT) GS

Fresh...essays on Nature! (Galerie Kuchling, Berlin, DE) GS

International and Different (Network of Arts, Luzern, CH) GS

 

2019

MyPrivateParadise (Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Ludwigshafen DE) GS

Elsewhere is here : Anderswo ist hier (Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, UK) GS

the tableau of a dead bird (Art Quarter Budapest, Budapest, HU) SS

Novum Organum (metavier Galerie, Hanover, DE) SS

Mini Maxi Print Berlin (Galerie Kuchling, Berlin, DE) GS

2018

Image and Sound in Music Video (artist talk) (Dance Centre Akrpoditi, Syros, GR) SS

ORBIS PICTUS (4D - Projektort des BBK LEIPZIG e. V.,Leipzig, DE) SS

Leere sockel / Entfernte Monumente (Organ kritischer Kunst, Berlin, DE) GS

MyPrivateParadise (Neuer Pfaffenhofener Kunstverein, Pfaffenhofen, DE) GS

Elsewhere is here : Anderswo ist hier (TURBA Gallery, Hanover, DE) GS

2017

EREIGNIS DRUCKGRAPHIK 2017 (Tapentenwerk, Leipzig, DE) GS

VOYAGE VOYAGE REISE REISE I (Galerie vom Zufall & vom Glück, Hanover, DE) GS

Voyage Voyage Reise Reise II (Aître Saint-Maclou, Rouen, FR) GS

Upcoming empires - Meisterschüler 2017  (Städtische Galerie, Wolfsburg, DE) GS

TURBA CUX  (Künstlerhaus im Schlossgarten, Cuxhaven)  GS

ALL YOU NEED IS MORE (Anna Klinkhammer Galerie, Düsseldorf, DE) GS
 

2016

PER ASPERA AD ASTRA (Lokal-int, Biel, CH) GS

Wunderkammer (Galerie Schmalfuss, Berlin, DE) GS

 SYSTEMS - a reconstructed encyclopedia (HBK, Brunswick, DE) SS

2015  

Inversion (Museumsabtei, Liesborn, DE) GS

International Project (Bolu Art Gallery, Bolu, TR) GS

87. Herbstausstellung (Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, DE) GS

TURBA | efficere (Montserrat DTLA, Los Angeles, USA) GS

Ora et labora – Labora et ora (Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, USA) SS

2014 

IF YOU BELIEVE THAT PRINT IS DEAD YOU ARE DEAD (Verein für Originalradierung München e.V., Munich, DE) GS

HOME Street HOME („Vermittlungsraum“, Kunstverein BS, Brunswick, DE) GS

201

Re-Produktion (Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum, Brunswick, DE) GS

Jurys, Mentoring & Teaching

2023

Jury: XR Unites (HTW, Berlin) DE

Mentoring: Pause / Play: Culture under Pressure (Yerevan, ARM) 

 

2022

Mentoring: Pause / Play: Culture under Pressure (Untitled Gallery, Tbilisi, GEO)

 

2021 - 2023

Lecturer at the TU Braunschweig for experimental printmaking


2020 - 2021

Lecturer at the Bauhaus University in Weimar on "Atlas of Databodies"


2017 - 2019

Lecturer at the HBK Braunschweig for digital and analog artist books

 

Talks & Conferences

2024

Book Launch "Das Künstlerbuch als multimediale Enzyklopädie", Marlene Bart & Johannes Breuer (Walther König Book Store at Museum Island, Berlin, DE)

2023

What is it about VR?!, Panel discussion, Digital Art Lab  (Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, DE)

MEET THE ARTIST, Marlene Bart in conversation with Dr. Tina Sauerländer (Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, DE)

»Turn and face the Strange«, Trickster Science" lecture series (Bauhaus-University, Weimar, DE)

Shaping Access! - A workshop for new perspectives on natural history objects (Münster University, Münster, DE)

Art & Tech Talks (Tieranatomisches Theater, Berlin, DE)

XR ecosystem in Berlin and Brandenburg (hub.Berlin, Berlin, DE)

Patterns of Pathology: Finding the Normal and Abnormal in a Sea of Brainwaves, 1940–1960, Marlene Bart & Flora Lysen (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, DE)

 

2022

Lecture on digital and analouge artists books in the context of "culture under pressure" (online)

Presentation on the EU Horizon project XReco (de Doelen, Rotterdam, NL)

2021

Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft ( Leopold-Franzens-Universität, Innsbruck, AT)

Talk and Presentation on the "Atlas of Databodies"  (Futurium, Berlin, DE)

Talk in the context of Sprengel Readymades (online)

Artist books, exhibition catalogues & publications

2024

Monograph: Das Künstlerbuch als multimediale Enzyklopädie, Marlene Bart, transcript

2021

Je, je suis si fragile, Petra Schaefer (German Study Centre Venice) (eds.), exhibition catalouge

Atlas of Databodies - Issue 1, Marlene Bart, Johannes Breuer & Alex Leo Freier (eds.), Journal for Interdisciplinary Research on Images of the Body, transcript

2020

Naturdinge, Feinkunst e.V., Sprengelmuseum (eds.), artist book

 

2018

Orbis Pictus, artist book

2016

SYSTEMS - a reconstructed encyclopedia, artist book

2013 - 2015

KRISTEL- Issue 1 - 3, Marlene Bart, Lena Lamprecht (eds.), Interdisciplinary Magazine for Students of the Braunschweig University of Fine Arts

Contributions in

2022

Imagining Life, Artworks and descriptions: Amy Karle, Text: Marlene Bart, Alex Leo Freier, Atlas of Databodies - Issue 1, Marlene Bart, Johannes Breuer & Alex Leo Freier (eds.), Journal for Interdisciplinary Research on Images of the Body, transcript

Milimeterarbeit der Natur, Atlas of Databodies - Atlas of Databodies - Issue 1, Marlene Bart, Johannes Breuer & Alex Leo Freier (eds.), Journal for Interdisciplinary Research on Images of the Body, transcript

A little bit nasty,  Artworks and descriptions: Marius Mathisrud, Text: Marlene Bart, Atlas of Databodies - Issue 1, Marlene Bart, Johannes Breuer & Alex Leo Freier (eds.), Journal for Interdisciplinary Research on Images of the Body, transcript

Gunga, Maxim Gunga, diploma catalouge

CONTEMPORANEA 2020/1973, Maria Bremer (eds.), exhibition catalouge

 

2020

A little other, Rui Zhang, Feinkunst e.V., Sprengelmuseum (eds.), exhibition catalouge

2018

Artistic contribution in: Un/Certain Futures – Rollen des Designs in gesellschaftlichen Transformationsprozessen, Marius Förster, Saskia Hebert, Mona Hofmann, Wolfgang Jonas (eds.), transcript

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