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Artist-in-Residence program starts at the Max Planck Institutes

20.12.2016, Berlin/Potsdam | The Max Planck Institutes of Molecular Plant Physiology and of Colloids and Interfaces have established the international artist-in-residence program “Knowledge Link through Art and Science” (KLAS) that brings two innovative artists to the Potsdam-Golm Science Park. From June 2017, the selected artists will work for two weeks each side by side with researchers from the host institutions in Potsdam-Golm and the University of Groningen. More details on the call for application can be found here. The application deadline is January 31, 2017.


The topic of the program is Synthetic Biology and hence the name, AESTHETIC get SYNTHETIC: Knowledge Link through Art and Science (KLAS). At the Potsdam-Golm Science Park several research groups from two Max Planck Institutes address this timely and innovative research field.

This innovative program will bring artists into these research groups. In doing so, it will build a strong link between science and society and will provide additional insight into the timely and highly debated research field of Synthetic Biology. Such art and science encounters are particularly powerful when they are able to bridge the gap between the fields, and may provide a fresh look into our daily tasks and working methodologies.

The program will take place in the Max Planck Campus in Potsdam-Golm. In a collaborative effort, four research groups of the Max Planck Institutes of Molecular Plant Physiology (MPIMP) and of Colloids and Interfaces (MPIKG) and the University Groningen (GBB) have joined the initiative and will host an artist:


KLAS is the first artist-in-residence program at a Max Planck Institute in the natural sciences, with the backing and funding of the Max Planck Society. It is made possible by the Ernst Schering Foundation and supported by the UNESCO Chair in International Relations at the TU Dresden, the "Klangkunst" program of DeutschlandRadio Kultur, and Ars Electronica. The transdisciplinary project was implemented by Rodrigo Perez-Garcia (MPIKG/TU-Berlin), Caterina Benincasa (, Arnau Horta (Independent Curator), Guillermo Santamaria (CienciaXLibre) and Katja Schulze (MPIKG).

Project Space

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