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Science & Art

The dialogue between disciplines – in particular between the sciences and the visual arts – has been burgeoning for years. Especially science institutions have discovered art as a medium to intelligibly communicate their specialized knowledge to a broader public. The Ernst Schering Foundation, however, is interested less in science communication than in a dialogue between artists and scientists at a more fundamental level. To this end, it launched the Forum on Science and Art as early as 2005. The Forum aims both for an exchange of methods and approaches and for a dialogue on socially relevant issues and topics.

In addition, the Foundation in 2009 opened the Project Space for Art and Science at Unter den Linden, which serves as a platform for exhibitions, lectures and workshops at the interface of science and art. One focus is on the presentation of "art as research."


25.06.2013, Berlin | What do numbers smell like? Do sounds have taste or colour? The term "synaesthesia", from the Greek "aisthesis" ("Sensation", "sensory impression") and "syn" ("together") means the experience of two or more sensory impressions at the same time As a theoretical addition to its on-going exhibition series SYNAESTHESIA (October 2012 - July 2013), Art Laboratory Berlin will hold an international conference on July 5 and 6, 2013 to further explore and theoretically question the field of multisensory perception.



Crossing Fibers: A Neuroretrospectroscopic View

02.06.2015, Hawaii | Im Jahr 2011 begann der Verein The Neuro Bureau e.V. (TNB) damit, kulturelle Veranstaltungen in einem neuro-wissenschaftlichen Kontext zu organisieren, um den Dialog zwischen Wissenschaft, Kunst und Gesellschaft zu fördern. Der Verein etablierte einen BrainArt-Wettbewerb und eine Ausstellung auf der jährlich stattfindenden Konferenz der US-amerikanischen Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), die in vielfältigen Kategorien die Schönheit des Gehirns aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven zeigt. Dieses Jahr wird die Ausstellung vergangene und aktuelle Arbeiten in einer Fünf-Jahres-Retrospektive zeigen. Die diesjährige Konferenz der OHBM findet vom 14. bis 18. Juni 2015 in Honolulu, Hawaii, statt. Das Projekt wird von der Schering Stiftung gefördert.



The Anthropocene Project. A Report

30.09.2014, Berlin | The limitations of  traditional methods of acquiring knowledge have brought mankind to an impasse. The inextricable link between industrial metabolism, climate change, urbanization, soil erosion and the extinction of species, as well as a new social consciousness and self-confidence have shown that the rapid re-alignment of cause and effect, means and end, quantity and quality requires a new approach to knowing and interpreting the world that is not governed by postmodern discourse but material interconnections and processes. It takes a new sense of amazement at the wonders of Planet Earth: What can we do, how can we gain knowledge – and how are the two connected? With what means, methods and senses can we engage with a world of our own creation? In A REPORT, an extensive program of events that concludes the Anthropocene Project, the HKW – Haus der Kulturen der Welt, will be exploring precisely these questions as of October 16, 2014.




Hunger Art: A Disease between Rapture and Abyss

09.11.2017, Berlin | Is the fit and trim body the measure of all things in times of self-optimization and social control? How strong is the media influence on our ideal body image? When do our eating habits become pathological? These and other questions will be addressed by a symposium entitled “Hunger Art: A Disease between Rapture and Abyss.” Organized by the Schering Stiftung and the Leibniz Association, it will be held at the Berlin office of the Leibniz Association on December 8, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The symposium looks at hunger from the perspectives of neurobiology, medicine, psychology, culture, and the arts.

Daria Martin, A Hunger Artist, still, HD film, 16 minutes, 2017, © Daria Martin, courtesy Maureen Paley, London




“The Next Society” – Launch of Pilot Project at the Institut Kunst in Basel

28.05.2015, Berlin / Basel | What our lives and our society will look like in the future is a question that preoccupies both science and art. “The Next Society” is therefore the title of a professorship dedicated to the sciences in the context of an art academy, which was established during the 2015 summer term at the Institut Kunst (Institute of Art) at the Academy of Art and Design in Basel. Appointees will be visiting scholars from a variety of disciplines who will present their work and research and collaborate with the art students on selected topics. The first holder of the professorship is Kristina Buch, a biologist and artist from Düsseldorf. In her seminar, which takes place on two days each in April and June 2015, she will explore the topic of “uniqueness.”

Illustration_Tobias Gutmann



Welches Wissen zählt?

Jeden Tag treffen wir eine Vielzahl von Entscheidungen – doch auf welcher Wissensgrundlage finden diese Entscheidungsprozesse statt? Wie beeinflussen die verschiedenen Formen der Wissensgenerierung unser Entscheiden und Handeln und welche Konsequenzen ergeben sich daraus?
Über diese und weitere Fragen diskutieren Olafur Eliasson, Charlotte Klonk, Peter Raue und Gerhard Roth in der nächsten Quadriga Debatte unter dem Titel: „Welches Wissen zählt? Entscheidungen zwischen Fakten und Intuition – Der Einfluss von Kunst und Wissenschaft auf unser Handeln“ am Mittwoch, dem 29. Januar 2014, 18:30 – 20:30 Uhr im Allianz Forum am Pariser Platz.




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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Master-Symposium: On Nature, Race and Gender

26.04.2017, Berlin / Basel | On May 9–11, 2017, the symposium entitled “On Nature, Race and Gender – The politics of the contemporary debates around art, culture and research will be held at the Institut Kunst in Basel. The symposium will introduce some critical perspectives on the current political, economical and scientific situations. From the Trump election, to the new interest on activism and nature, we will go through current debates in the arts and their relation with science. The symposium takes place as part of the professorship “The Next Society,” which is dedicated to the sciences at the Institut Kunst in Basel. Appointees are visiting scholars from a variety of disciplines who present their work and collaborate with the art students on selected topics.



Hybrid Encounters. Siobhan Davies & Arno Villringer

25.10.2017, Berlin | With “Hybrid Encounters”, the Hybrid Plattform and the Schering Foundation begin a new series of events devoted to the dialogue between art and science in hybrid forms of presentation. Eminent international guests from the arts and sciences get a carte blanche to organise an evening event with a Berlin personality who is either artistically or scientifically active in a way that is complementary to their own background.

Hybrid Encounters



Crossing Fibers: A Neuroretrospectroscopic View

26.08.2015, Berlin | On September 28, 2015, the exhibition “Crossing Fibers: A Neuroretrospectroscopic View” will open at the Humboldt Graduate School. The art exhibition, organized by The Neuro Bureau e.V. (TNB), will bring together the works that best represent the synergy between neuroscience and art in a five-year retrospective. On the final day of the exhibition, on October 2, TNB invites to the symposium “Different methodologies, languages and goals: How do artists and scientists communicate?”. It focusses on themes of the aesthetic and epistemic status of brain images.

Crossing Fibers



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