Time and Technology









Attractors: Christian de Lutz & Regine Rapp

Technological developments over the past 25 years have altered our lives. The computer, its graphic user interface (GUI), the internet, mobile telephones have revolutionized work, leisure and communication. How has this effected our sense of time? On one hand new technologies make communication cheaper and more efficient. On the other hand working hours have increased, and the line between work and leisure blurred. New genetics is altering the spee of evolution. Computers function in time spans incomprehensible to us. The market place demands more productivity in shorter periods; while medicine promises to expand our life span. How exactly are these technological advances influencing our sense(s) of time? How have technological changes over the last 25 years changed and influenced our perception of time, how we structure our time, plan our days, and live our lives? Do these changes alter our biology? What are the conflicts between different ‘types of time:’ biological, subjective, objective, social, etc.? What is the contemporary connection between time and space – actual space, virtual space vs. actual time and virtual time?

Methodology: By combining scientific and scholarly papers (science and humanities) together with presentations by media artists – targeting the intersection & serendipitous overlapping momentum of ‘time & technology’ in our current society – , we are looking for(ward to) a sustainable synergy between theory and practice.


Christian de Lutz is a visual artist and curator, from New York, working in photography, new media, video and installation. His artworks deal with social, political and cultural themes, with an emphasis on technology, migration and cultural borderlines. He has collaborated with artists and institutions in Germany, Spain and Southeast Europe as well as exhibiting in Europe, the USA and Japan. His curatorial work concentrates on the interface of art, science and technology in the 21st century. In 2006 he co-founded Art Laboratory Berlin with ongoing various interdisciplinary exhibition series

Regine Rapp, art historian, Assistant Professor at the Burg Giebichenstein Art Academy Halle, where she teaches Art History and curatorial practice. She is writing her PhD thesis in the spatial aesthetics of Installation Art of the 1990s. Further fields of research specialization include image and text theory as well as Russian modern and contemporary art. She has worked in a number of museums worldwide, and currently gives lectures at the Berlin State Museums. She is a member of the International Association on Word and ImageStudies (IAWIS). In 2006 she co-founded Art Laboratory Berlin with ongoing various interdisciplinary exhibition series.

Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz are the directors and main curators of Art Laboratory Berlin.