Marlene Bart (*1991) is an artist who takes the taxonomy of natural phenomena as a departure point to ask questions about the reductive thinking in our scientific need to classify and categorize the tremendous diversity of living species
By assembling these pieces into a contemporary Kunstkammer, or cabinet of curiosities, thereby fetishizing them, she is reminding us that, as Michel Foucault pointed out, at the heart of the desire to classify is a need to possess and control, and knowledge is always tied to power.
She is currently finishing her PhD. at Bauhaus Universität in Weimar, Germany and lives and works in Berlin. She studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Braunschweig, at the Villa Arson, Nice, France, and at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She also holds a Master’s Degree from the Univsität der Künste, Berlin.
Past exhibitions at GALERIE Peter Gaugy
Hoch wie nie: imaginary landscapes and the creatures who live there: May 21, 2022 – July 9, 2022 Leila Seyedzadeh & Marlene Bart
Marlene Bart’s VR (virtual reality) project “Theatrum Radix” is the subject of an article (available in both English and German) available on the mediasphere of the Museum of Natural History, Berlin. This multi-year project was conceived by Marlene Bart in cooperation with the Natural History Museum, the Tieratomisches Theater, Berlin, and the renowned digital art studio, Ikonospace.
Here is a link to the article: Virtual Natural Order Between Art and Science