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Symposium: Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown

23.05.2017, Berlin | On June 27, 2017, the Ernst Schering Foundation organizes in cooperation with SAVVY Contemporary e.V. the symposiumTowards a Phenomenology of the Unknown” at the Kuppelhalle in Berlin. The symposium aims to explore the experience of seeing the “unknown” on a phenomenological level, while also shedding light on its transformative potential. The symposium is part of the project “Retreat into Darkness. Towards a Phenomenlogy of the Unknown” by the Berlin-based artist Ivana Franke. With Ivana Franke, vision scientist Bilge Sayim, curator and art historian Elena Agudio, artist and author Patricia Reed, science historian Jimena Canales, and Sylvia Pont, leader of the Perceptual Intelligence Lab in Delft.

Ivana Franke, Photo: Kristina Lenard


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How do we perceive and experience entities and events that we cannot properly categorize – how does the unknown as a subjective experience come about? What is the relationship between the unknown and the known within visual perceptual experiences, between the visible and the legible? What is the significance of the experience of the unknown in our lives, and what is its function in society?

These and other questions will be discussed by the speakers out of their various backgrounds. The symposium will provide a glimpse into this fascinating, little investigated aspect of human experience, while letting the audience engage in a scientific and artistic voyage into the mysteries of perception and the human mind – into how we fundamentally encounter and shape the world around us.

The project Retreat into Darkness. Towards a Phenomenlogy of the Unknown by Ivana Franke includes

  • The exhibition “Retreat into Darkness. Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown”, which is on display at the Ernst Schering Foundation through July 16, 2017
  • A series of experiments by the artist in collaboration with vision scientist Bilge Sayim
  • The cross-disciplinary symposium “Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown”
  • A publication accompanying the symposium and the exhibition

These subprojects are integral parts of Ivana Franke’s artistic inquiry, which represents a full-fledged investigation into the limits of our perception.

Symposium: Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown

June 27, 2017, 1:30 pm – 7 p.m

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Reception and guided tour through the exhibition by Ivana Franke
“Retreat into Darkness. Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown”

Ernst Schering Foundation
Unter den Linden 32-34, 10117 Berlin

3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Talks and discussions

Kuppelsaal at silent green Kulturquartier
Gerichtsstr. 35 | 13347 Berlin

The symposium will be in English. | Entrance free.

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Please register by June 19 at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please note whether you will join the exhibition tour and the talks or the talks only.


Photo: © Ivana Franke, Photographer: Kristina Lenard



































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