Participatory Workshop & Artist Talk
Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 7pm–8:30pm
Tang Teaching Museum
Saratoga Springs, NY (US)
Learn how to spin yarn using fiber from laboratory llamas who produce antibodies for our vaccines while exploring emerging narratives in the contemporary biomedical landscape. Laura Splan will introduce her tactile sound installation "Rhapsody for an Expanded Biotechnological Apparatus" in the Tang’s elevator and lead a discussion around scientific and conceptual themes in her work that examines hidden systems, invisible labor, and interspecies entanglements. Splan will lead a technical demonstration of spinning fiber on an electric wheel. Each participant will have an opportunity to try their hand at the wheel and the first twenty participants will receive a small sample of laboratory llama yarn spun by the artist.
Laura Splan’s solo exhibition Rhapsody for an Expanded Biotechnological Apparatus is on view in the Tang Teaching Museum Elevator Music Series through April 10, 2022 and is running concurrently with Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art And Science.
Photos by Tommy Myhill and by Tom Yoshikami, Courtesy Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College