Theresa Schubert’s Always Dead and Alive (2019) is an 8K video environment working with cellular automata (CA). In a coded architecture of abstract geometries, a sequence of self-generative patterns plays out, completed and enhanced by an abstract soundscape. It is an immersive and sensorial work intended to make a digital space experienceable. Abstract geometries emerge, blend, morph, disintegrate, fade out and reemerge in a constant flow. The shapes are organically irregular; however, they always adhere to a geometric grid or another type of systematic structure like circles or lines. In Always Dead and Alive, organic processes unfold within a digital structure. Aspects of living matter (the cell) are applied to hitherto lifeless code (the pixel). The work is an artistic exploration of the interface between life and technology. It applies processual powers of biologic self-organization to intangible mathematical code, describable in zeros and ones.
(Text: Kristina von Bülow)


Theresa Schubert is a Berlin-based artist exploring unconventional visions of nature, technology, and the self. Her work combines audiovisual and biomedia to conceptual and immersive installations or performances. By means of interdisciplinary methods - such as biohacking, theoretical analysis, performative interpretation, and material experimentation - her works question the relation of humans to their environment and evolvement of matter and meaning beyond the Anthropos. More recently, she works with UHD video environments and 3D Laser Scanning to challenge modes of perception and question the human-machine-nature relationship in hypertech societies. Theresa's work has been exhibited at, e.g. Ars Electronica Linz, Art Laboratory Berlin, KW Berlin, ARGE Kultur Salzburg, European Media Art Festival, Kapelica Gallery Ljubljana, Museum of Modern Art Vilnius, MMOMA Moscow, or Museum Villa Rot. She is a member of SALOON Berlin and medienkunstverein Berlin. Currently, she is a Postdoc at the Bauhaus-University Weimar.