Edited by: Theresa Schubert (Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany), Andrew Adamatzky (University of the West of England, UK)

This book introduces art projects that resulted from unconventional explorations, curious experiments and their creative translations into sensorial experiences. Using electronic and digital art, bioart, sculpture and installations, sound and performance, the authors are removing boundaries between natural and artificial, real and imaginary, science and culture.

The invited artists and researchers come from cutting-edge fields of art production that focuses on creating aesthetic experiences and performative situations. Their artworks create a spatial aesthetic experience for visitors by manifesting themselves in physical space. Experiencing the Unconventional is a unique selection of works by artists not based on formal similarities, but on investigative practices. It offers in-depth insights and first-hand working experiences into current production of art works at the edge of art, science and technology.


  • Epistemological Machines and Protocomputing (Mitchell Whitelaw and Ralf Baecker)
  • The Crystal World (Jonathan Kemp)
  • Nigredo: Configuring Human and Technological Bodies (Marco Donnarumma)
  • Sensing Spatial Experiences. The Essential Nature of Things (Sonia Cillari)
  • Perfect Paul: On Freedom of Facial Expression (Arthur Elsenaar)
  • Hacking the Universe (Frederik De Wilde)
  • Mesoscopic Ripples in the Neural Sea (Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand)
  • Vanitas Machine (Verena Friedrich)
  • Interview with Verena Friedrich
  • Connections Continuum: A Life (Saša Spačal)
  • A New State of the Living (Dmitry Bulatov)
  • That Which Lives in Me (Dmitry Bulatov and Alexey Chebykin)
  • Robotics and Design: Towards a New Symbiosis in Gilberto Esparza’s Artwork (Reynaldo Thompson and Tirtha P Mukhopadhyay)
  • Pancreas. All Flesh (Candyman)
  • Demons of Art (Interview with Thomas Feuerstein by Hartmut Böhme)
  • Metabodies — Exploring Social Networks on Our Body (Sonja Bäumel and Manuel Selg)
  • Re-Imagining the Biological Membrane (Juan M Castro)
  • Bodymetries. Mapping the Human Body Through Amorphous Intelligence (Theresa Schubert, Michael Markert, Moritz Dreβler, Andrew Adamatzky)
  • The Engineer’s Report: “Swarm Cities” and Other Synthetic Companions (Francisco Gallardo and Álvaro Castro-Castilla)
  • Der Zermesser (Leo Peschta)
  • Interview with Leo Peschta