The Infinity Engine


Lecture on the topic »art and genetic engineering« with Ingeborg Reichle, Uwe Strähle and Lynn Hershman Leeson.

In her most recent work »The Infinity Engine« Lynn Hershman Leeson examines the impact of genetic engineering on human life. The multimedia installation, in collaboration with the biologist Josiah Zayner, was developed with reference to natural scientific genetic laboratories. One of the questions which arises in connection with photographic and film samples of the most recent achievements in molecular and cell biology, as well as genetically altered organisms, is the degree to which human interventions into DNA are ethically justifiable and what kinds of social, political and social impact these have. In so far as she develops her work as based on real research results and draws on state of the art technologies, the North American media artist presents for discussion cutting-edge knowledge in the natural sciences within the context of art.

The lecture evening throws light on the »Infinity Engine« from art-historical, natural scientific and artistic perspectives: Ingeborg Reichle discusses the various elements of the complex installation against the background of laboratories in the context of art; Uwe Strähle examines the innovative work based on the practice of genetic research; while in the subsequent discussion Lynn Hershman Leeson explains the concept and realization of the work in greater detail.

Video Documentary:

ZKM | Institute for Visual Media

Camera: Martina Rotzal, Christina Zartmann
Editing: Jonas Denzel