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ON RESEARCH – Knowledge Generation in Art and Science

16.04.2012, Berlin | What scientific methods are used by artists, and what artistic approaches are used by scientists? These and other questions will be at the heart of ON RESEARCH, a two-day program at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), which takes place in the context of a conference on “Research in Art and Science. Challenges to Discourses and Systems of Knowledge.” The conference and the artistic program, which is open to the public, are a collaboration of the Center for Movement Research at the Free University of Berlin, the HKW, the Ernst Schering Foundation, and Sigrid Gareis.

On Research

The program will kick off with Hito Steyerl (Berlin University of the Arts) and Rabih Mroué (Beirut and Berlin), whose work “Probable title: zero probability” will premiere at the HKW on May 4, 2012. After several joint projects, the film maker and the theater director, in this new production, engage in a dialogue about the (im-)probability of events. The lecture-performance weaves a poetic-fictional web of interconnections among Mroué’s father, a mathematician, his scientific focus, the probability theory, and his experiences in the Lebanese Civil War.

On May 5, 2012, a panel discussion on “Research in Art and Science” will examine the current state of this presently much-observed debate between science and art and what it means for the generation of knowledge. The potentials of an alternative definition of research and of an art of knowledge production will be addressed by speakers including Beatrice von Bismarck (art historian, Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts), Gabriele Brandstetter (professor of dance and theater studies, Free University of Berlin), Tom Holert (art historian and cultural critic, Berlin), Sybille Krämer (philosopher, Free University of Berlin) (tbc), Kirsten M. Langkilde (artist, Berlin University of the Arts), and Bernd M. Scherer (honorary professor of European Ethnology, Humboldt University of Berlin, and director of the HKW).

The discussion will be followed by two artistic events that, discursively and performatively, present processes and procedures and examine the status of knowledge as a product.

With “Kuhle Wampe Remix, or: Who Owns the City?,” artist and curator Ina Wudtke (Berlin) and philosopher and writer Dieter Lesage (Erasmus University College and Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, and Berlin) focus on current gentrification debates in the context of academic studies. The lecture-performance launches a multi-year project that includes, among other things, a remake of Brecht’s and Dudow’s 1932 film “Kuhle Wampe, or: Who Owns the World?” Wudtke and Lesage take the film as a starting-point to show their solidarity with low-income households in the city of Berlin, which is undergoing ever-rapid gentrification.

Finally, in “Product of Circumstances” (1999), choreographer Xavier Le Roy (Montpellier), shows how a Ph.D. in molecular biology like himself became an artist. In his autobiographical lecture-performance, he combines fragments of dance with an academic lecture format. Le Roy’s work reflects both worlds: his dance performance focuses as much on the body as did his dissertation about cancer cells, investigating the mechanisms and hierarchies he is subject to as a “product of his circumstances” in both the academic and artistic communities.


Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin

Friday, May 4, 2012
8:30 p.m.: “Probable title: zero probability” – A lecture-performance by Hito Steyerl and Rabih Mroué
Admission: 5€ | 3€

Saturday, May 5, 2012
7:00 p.m.: “Research in Art and Science” – A panel discussion with Beatrice von Bismarck, Gabriele Brandstetter, Tom Holert, Sybille Krämer (tbc), and Kirsten M. Langkilde, moderated by Bernd M. Scherer
Free admission.

8:30 p.m.: “Kuhle Wampe Remix, or: Who Owns the City?” – A lecture-performance by Ina Wudtke and Dieter Lesage
Admission: 5€ | 3€

10:00 p.m.: “Product of Circumstances” (1999) – A lecture-performance by Xavier Le Roy, followed by a conversation with the artist
Admission: 5€ | 3€

Combination Ticket for Saturday: 8€ | 4€

ON RESEARCH takes place in the context of “Research in Art and Science. Challenges to Discourses and Systems of Knowledge,” a non-public conference supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
ON RESEARCH | May 4 and 5, 2012
Xavier Le Roy | “Product of Circumstances” (1999)
© Katrin Schoof

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