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Laboratory for Embodied Intelligences, “Microbial Swarming Experiments” at 18th Street Arts Center, April 29, 2017 (photo courtesy Nina Waisman)

Standing at the dawn of the Anthropocene era — which marks the sizable impact humans have had upon the Earth — it’s easy to overestimate our role in the history of the universe. In fact, our existence has been a mere blip in cosmic development, as simpler organisms predate us by millions — in some cases, billions — of years and will no doubt go on living long after our species’ demise. With her Laboratory for Embodied Intelligences, dancer and artist Nina Waisman taps into this reality by exploring the behaviors and communication methods of microbial life-forms.

Following a year spent at SETI AIR (the Search for Intelligent Life Institute’s Artist in Residency Program), Waisman is currently in residence at 18th Street Arts Center. Over the course of seven weeks, she’s holding workshops and performances that channel microbial intelligence through human movement, tackling such questions as, “How can humans ‘try on’ non-human behaviors in order to perceive them viscerally, gaining knowledge unavailable through classic data analysis?” This Sunday, she’ll offer a free public performance on the Santa Monica Beach, followed by a picnic reception, meditation workshop, and conversation with artists and scientists.

When: Sunday, May 28, 4–5pm
Where: Palisades Park (cannon monument across the street from the Georgian Hotel at 1415 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, California)

More info here.

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Matt Stromberg

Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he is a frequent contributor to Daily Serving, and Glasstire.