Philipp Lachenmann: DELPHI Rationale



17.10.2017, Berlin | As part of the artist-in-residence program KLAS, the Max Planck Institutes of Colloids and Interfaces and of Molecular Plant Physiology invite the public to the first KLAS Workshop, “AESTHETICS get SYNTHETIC: Knowledge Link through Art & Science.” The workshop is an opportunity to bring together scholars and practitioners to jointly discuss and reflect on contents, approaches and methodologies of the collaboration between synthetic biology and artistic research. It will take place in the Central Building of the Max Planck Campus in Potsdam-Golm on November 27–28, 2017. Please register here:


The KLAS workshop reflects how scientists and artists can synergistically interact by mutually interrogating and reconsidering their methodologies and modes of operation in an Artist-in-Residence program like KLAS. In this workshop we are particularly interested in discussions that explore how different institutions, organizations and interest groups with relevant expertise and knowledge of research, innovation and education address contemporary challenges and future developments in and beyond their respective knowledge silos. The workshop will discuss the following questions:

  • What is the benefit of art-science collaboration? Is it the outcome or the process? Can we frame or justify its utility?
  • What are the personal experiences in relation to the knowledge and the conceptual or methodological exchange between art and science?
  • What are the current trends and what are the expectations for the near future in synthetic biology and in art?

KLAS “Knowledge Link through Art and Science”

Knowledge Link through Art and Science (KLAS) is an artist-in-residence program of the Max Planck Society. KLAS fosters ArtSci exchange and transdisciplinary innovation and education whilst also establishing a link between the synthetic biology research groups of two research institutions – the University of Groningen and two Max Planck Institutes [MPIKG & MPIMP].

Selected artists for the residency program are Agnes Meyer-Brandis (Germany) and the duo Otavio Schipper and Sergio Krakowski (Brazil). The artists work side by side with researchers in order to develop a new artwork bridging contemporary art practices and scientific research.
In addition to awarding two artist residencies in 2017, KLAS presents a series of events and conversations around specific topics. KLAS is funded by the Max Planck Society and the Ernst Schering Foundation and organized by Polyhedra.

KLAS Workshop

November 27–28, 2017
Lecture Hall at the Central Building of the Max Planck Campus
Am Mühlenberg 1 | 14476 Potsdam, OT Golm

Program for Download


Call for Posters
Selected posters will be on view throughout the two days of the workshop. For further information, please visit:

With the participation of:
Sabine Adler | Arren Bar-Even | Christoph von Braun | Adriaan Eeckels | Peter Fratzl | Detlev Ganten | Jens Hauser | Bart van de Laar | Reinhard Lipowsky | Agnes Meyer-Brandis | Roger Malina | Darian Meacham | Heleen Mulder – Hulsebos | Heike Catherina Mertens | Martina Münch | Ingeborg Reichle | Hans-Jörg Rheinberger | Tom Robinson | Maximilian Schich | Nathalie Singer | Otavio Schipper & Sergio Krakowski | Volker Stollorz | Antje Tepperwien | Alex de Vries | Lothar Willmitzer | Siegfried Zielinski

1 Agnes Meyer‐Brandis, Photo: Ulla Taipale
2 Otavio Schipper, Photo: Cris Komesu
3 Sergio Krakowski, Photo: Aline Müller

Agnes Meyer-Brandis


Otavio Schipper


Sergio Krakowski

Project Space

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