Human Machine Fellowship 2022
*1986, Ost-Berlin (DE)
Lives in Berlin (DE)
Laura Fong Prosper
*1978, Panama City (PAN)
Lives in Berlin (DE)
Tin Wilke is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker and activist from East Berlin whose work focuses on collective memory, dissident practice and speculative imagery of counter-narratives. Working at the intersection of digital new media, organic material and found footage within installations, gatherings, stages, virtual reality, video art and experimental film, Wilke’s hybrid practice questions the alienating and exploitative modes of production within patriarchal structures. It centres on collaborative, decolonial and more-than-human approaches. Wilke studied art and media at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and has a Master’s degree in Theatre with New Media and Interactivity from the Universidad Nacional de las Artes (UNA) in Buenos Aires. Wilke forms part of the queer performance collective CC_Lab and is a board member of the association for social-ecological change (VSOW e.V.) as well as a member of the Mkv Berlin Media Art Association (medienkunst e.V.).
Laura Fong Prosper is a visual artist from Panama based in Berlin.Her work addresses themes such as collective memory, ancestral imaginaries and eco-feminisms while interweaving video, analog film, new media and other materialities. She studied film editing at the International School of Film and TV (EICTV) in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba and received an MFA in New Media Art from Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. She also participated in fellowship programmes at the Kunsthochschule für Medien (KHM) in Cologne, Germany and Tongji University in Shanghai, China. Her work has been exhibited and screened at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; Museum of Modern Art Rio de Janeiro; Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Panamá; Arsenal Institut für Film und Videokunst, Berlin; Galerie im Turm Berlin, amongst others. She is a member of the Mkv Berlin Media Art Association (medienkunst e.V.).
For the Human-Machine Fellowship, we want to establish an experimental exchange between analog film material, artificial intelligence and organic and recycled materialities that open speculative imaginative spaces beyond the apocalyptic narratives of our time. A found footage collection of two hundred 16mm film reels from the 20th century, whose visions of progress we want to critically evaluate and reinterpret together with AI, provided our starting point. From today’s perspective, we ask what progress means in the face of climate change and a system based on endless growth and exploitation. How can we reframe the vision of a sustainable future by collaborating with neural networks? We will experiment with different organic and recycled materials for the exhibition of the results of this multi-entities collaboration.