Works on the Intersection of Art and Science

Diemut Strebe, Lucid, 2021, Color Duratrans Photographic Composite mounted with Diasec in Lightbox 300 x 450 x 10cm

Diemut Strebe is a German-American artist, based in the US, who recently completed the Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology. She works on the intersection of art and science to address contemporary issues, which often involve topics that relate to philosophy and literature. Her artworks are unique in each single conceptual approach due to the diversity of the strands in science she works with. They show a broad, yet profound interest in the variety of disciplines in science seen through an aesthetic and artistic lens. In working with those subjects, she reaffirms the Romantic paradigm of "the new". Her work is strongly dedicated to the notion of the avant-garde in art, a concept that has very much dominated large parts of the 20th century, though it is somewhat submerged within the artistic discourse of the last decades. Her artwork is committed to reattach to the avant- garde tradition.

Strebe gained broad recognition in 2014 for her work Sugababe, a living, bioengineered clone of the notoriously cut off ear of Vincent van Gogh. Leading linguist and author Noam Chomsky was the first person to speak into the ear through a sound installation at ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany. In 2015 Sugababe was shown in the Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Gallery, NYC, during her solo show Free Radicals, and in 2019/20 in the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. In 2019/20 she presented The Redemption of Vanity at the New York Stock Exchange, a two million Dollar natural Emerald cut yellow diamond, covered with the blackest black on earth, making the diamond disappear. Her artwork The Prayer was on view in the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2020, in which she explores the supernatural through artificial intelligence. More recent works take a critical stance on machine versus human intelligence. They were presented in the Aichi Triennale in Japan in 2022 and in Seoul, South Korea in 2023. Upcoming shows will be displayed in the US, Europe and Asia in 2024 and 2025.

She works with leading scientists at research institutions such as MIT, Harvard University, Columbia University, NASA/ESA, The Roslin Institute of Edinburgh, and others.


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Selected press


The Redemption of Vanity

The Prayer

Wigner's Friends