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e6.1 - *particle group* Berlin Script
*particle group* Berlin Script
*particle group* Berlin Script
*particle group* Berlin Script
*particle group* Berlin Script
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The Berlin Nanoscript

Ricardo Dominguez and Amy Sara Carroll


In 2007 curator André Lepecki invited the just-formed project *particle group* to participate in the Nomadic New York exhibition at the House of World Cultures in Berlin, Germany. *particle group* created a "particle sniffer" installation and also developed "The Berlin Nanoscript" (an agit-prop gesture in three scenes) that attempted to offer a performative nanoscape to address: (1) our multifarious concerns with unregulated nanoproducts currently found on the market shelves, (2) growing questions about the new science of nanotoxicology (our voices, part of a much larger chorus), and (3) our experiments with the para/literary, at this time taking the form of trans_patents (micro-tales of nano futures).1 "The Berlin Nanoscript" was performed in various venues in Berlin—at the House of World Cultures, at a large mall in front of a pharmacy (the mall police escorted us out), and finally in the middle of Alexanderplatz (near its main metro stop). Our concerns, then and now, are NOT about a possible "Nanocaust," but about the nano(cost)s of new technologies that remain invisible to large segments of the population, costs which disproportionately effect those deemed most "Othered" (and/or most "vulnerable"). Always-already, again "then and now," we cup/ped the question—what can be done?—in the palms of ours hands... to let it flutter forth still indeterminate: how can we route around both the seductions of nanotopias and the fears of nanopocalypses to stage critical encounters with particle capitalism, which encourage transdisciplinary alliances between nanotechnological and artivist communities?

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1 The trans_patent is a direct descendent of another project by Diane Ludin, that of the "i-Biology Patent Engine" (i-BPE). In "i-BPE Strategy Text: sketches towards Deep Harmonization," Diane has written of the relationship between i-BPE and European surrealism's "Exquisite Corpse" gaming, a process she quotes Max Ernst as naming, "mental contagion" (in Pandilovski, Melentie, ed. Art in the Biotech Era. Australia: Experimental Art Foundation, 2008. 35).