A Disturbing Consistency
Catarina Pombo Nabais about the artistic residency and the exhibition in the SAP Lab
"The actual goal of experimenting is to somehow make the examined phenomena speak" (Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, "Experiment, Research,Art")
"Philosophy brings forth events with its concepts. Art builds monuments with its sensations. Science constructs states of affairs with its functions" (Gille Deleuze, What is Philosophy?)
The work of Katrin von Lehmann is of a disturbing consistency. On the one hand, it goes along an aesthetic line that inevitably leads us to a style and signature; on the other, it is crossed by innumerable doubts and challenges that make us be aware of the other worlds with whom Katrin von Lehmann interact and collaborate. Recognizing her own work as irreducibly solitary and personal, Katrin von Lehmann, however, is contamined by others. Especially by these "others" who are Science and Philisophy. Both her stay at the Institute of Molecular Genetics at the Max-Planck-Institute in Berlin, as well as her residency at the Science-Art-Philosophy Laboratory (SAP-Lab) of the Center for Philosophy of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (the results of which are now apparent in this exhibition*) are a symptom of her desire to observe, to be close, both to those who practise Science and to those who seek to think it out.