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While the financial support to cultural institutions is immediately necessary for the recent COVID-19 crisis, nothing guarantees that the deactivation of this coronavirus is the end of similar viral emergencies. Maybe this is the beginning of the post-anthropocene era when human lives will be passed between periods of isolation and integration in the natural and social environments. How can art spaces be prepared to respond to this possible pendulum of cyclical outbreaks? 

The objective of this workgroup is the development of different scenarios for ensuring access to art as an essential need for the cultural identity of a society and its individuals. The workgroup aims to propose a variety of provisions that can guarantee the required level of biosafety and security engineering further than physical distancing and adequate methods of decontamination in art spaces. The research is based on historical data of previous pandemics and information on technology and protocols of biocontainment used in high-security labs, space and underwater research as well as in science fiction storytelling.

Formed by Dalila Honorato (PT/GR), Robertina Šebjanič (SI), Louise Mackenzie (UK), Karolina Żyniewicz (DE/PL) and Isabel Burr Raty (BE/CL) the collective was initiated as part of Biofriction research project co-produced by, SOLU Bioart Society, Kersnikova Institute, Cultivamos Cultura; co-founded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union in 2020.

The outcomes of this project was the composition of an ergodic script and the production of a mock-documentary edited by Pavel Tavares.


Collective work presented at:


Online & live Con(fine)arts Exhibition, Cultivamos Cultura (PT)

Publication Art nodes journal on Art, Science & Technology, “Staying in touch case study of artistic research during the covid-19 Lockdown”


Interdisciplinary conference Taboo Transgression Transcendence in art & Science, “Staying in touch: sci-fi experiments for post-coronavirus art curating” roundtable discussion moderared by Karolina Zyniewicz with speakers: Marta de Menezes, Annick Bureaud, Regine Rapp, Christian de Lutz, Byron Rich, Paula Burleigh, Francesco Kiais, Jill McDermid-Hokanson and Christl Baur. Vienna/online (AT)

Online exhibition Acquired Immunity, Ars Electronica (AT)

Online streaming Braiding Friction workgroup introduction and closing sessions

Online residency Braiding Friction Post Corona Art Curating





Between 2018 and 2021 Isabel B.R. forms part of The WAB, a contemporary arts biennial co-produced by all participating artists, that focuses on versatile research, production and presentation methods of artists with nomadic practices, artistic ethics of wandering, ownership / authorship, the collective question, the institute and rhythm (past connected to future motor).


Outcomes edited by Loes Jacobs:


WAB IV Wandering Arts Book


WAB III Wandering Arts Book. Designed by Überknackig and presents texts and/or inserts by Isabel Burr Raty, Bruno De Wachter, oracle, Buratinas/ooooo, Various Artists, Chloé Schuiten & Clément Thiry, Marialena Marouda, Shervin Kianersi Haghighi & Georgia Kokot, Christian Hansen, Davide Tidoni, Francesca Chiacchio, Gudny Rosa Ingimarsdottir, Jesse Cremers, Kasper Demeulemeester, TAFEL, and Wouter Huis, amongst others.





The Research Center at a.pass is a platform for advanced research practices in the arts, in a environment of mutual criticality and institutional support. Cycle I (2018-2020) was formed by Isabel Burr Raty, Adrijana Gvozdenović, Antye Gienther, Sara Manente, Rob Ritzen, Sina Seifee.


Outcomes published by a.pass:


Individual Experimental Catalogue Publication: Beauty Kit an Eco-erogenous Art Project,

by & co-produced with Isabel Burr Raty, Editor Kristin Rogghe, Text contribution Elke Van    Campenhout, Graphic design Pablo Diartinez, Creative advice Gosie Vervloessem Design consultancy Miriam Hempel, Illustrations Tim Vets, launched at Rile, Brussels (BE)

Collective Publication Cycle I: Research Center 2018/2019, The Annex: Publishing artistic Research, launched at Rile, Brussels (BE)

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