Daria Martin, Schering Stiftung Projektraum


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.



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.




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: On Intelligence

02.03.2016, Berlin / Basel | Intelligence: what does this mean? For a long time, one spoke of the difference between art theory and practice. For years, we have been trying to understand how art is different from the social function it plays in society. The term “artistic research” was originally coined to show that artists do not only produce objects or performances or practice within a given medium but conduct “research” as artistic practice. However, the term was soon used more narrowly to define a new form of academic-scientific activity – performed by artists. On March 21-23, the symposium “On Intelligence” at the Institut Kunst (Art Institute) in Basel interrogates how contemporary artists, through their work, address fundamental questions such as: What is life? How can we shape the future through experience? And, how does art redefine experience?

Mike Alonzo


Nabil Ahmed



„Macht Musik schlau?“

Klassische Musik steigert die Hirnleistungen. Davon waren zumindest amerikanische Forscher von der University of California überzeugt, als sie Anfang der 1990er Jahre ein Experiment durchführten und in „Nature“ veröffentlichten. In ihrer Untersuchung entwickelten Studenten, die für zehn Minuten einer Klaviersonate von Mozart gelauscht hatten, bessere räumliche Denkweisen. Der sogenannte Mozart-Effekt vermittelt den Eindruck, dass Musikhören und Musizieren das Lernen quasi auf geheimnisvolle Art und Weise verbessern würden. Dieser Thematik widmet sich Prof. Dr. Lutz Jäncke im vierten Salon der Reihe Musik schafft Wissen. Neurowissenschaften und Musik im Dialog am 8. Dezember 2014 bei Ulrich und Nathan Köstlin.



On Research III – Reflections on Curatorial Research

06.10.2014, Berlin | The third and final session of the “On Research” workshop series at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin, on October 18-19, 2014, focuses on curatorial research as well as the cognitive and translation processes in the context of the curatorial-dramaturgical exploration of the “Anthropocene” hypothesis. The internationally oriented workshop centers on thematic, methodological and structural issues of curatorial practice, from defining themes and research methods to developing formats to working collaboratively across formats such as discourse, performance and exhibition.



Rethinking urban mobility

09.08.2012, Berlin | The Humboldt University Berlin will host the KOSMOS Summer University 2012 – Mobility from September 6 to September 19, 2012. The event addresses the interdisciplinary basic research and the expansion of an international network with Latin America as its focus. The aim of KOSMOS 2012 is the development of research strategies that combine natural sciences, techniques and engineering, the humanities and design disciplines in an experimental project focusing on mobility in an urban space. There are two cities that serve as scenarios of challenge for the interdisciplinary design of mobility concepts: Berlin is recently making a name for itself as a space where future-oriented urban mobility is created, and Buenos Aires is one of the dynamic metropolises of South America.

Berlin_Foto_Sandra Schramke



The Earworm, or The Melody of Horror

05.03.2014, Berlin | What makes a melody an earworm? This is the topic of the next musical soiree on March 24, 2014, featuring Prof. Dr. Eckart Altenmüller, Jardena Flückiger, and David Santos. It is the second event in the concert series entitled Music Creates Knowledge: The Neurosciences and Music in Dialogue. Initiated by Ulrich Köstlin and the Ernst Schering Foundation, the series presents music from different centuries, followed by a discussion with renowned neuroscientists.

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“Fast Forward Science 2015” - Looking for Web Videos that Foster Excitement about Scientific Research

28.05.2015, Berlin | They are informative, full of surprises – and filled with scientific research. And they are once again wanted! This year, the web video competition “Fast Forward Science” again invites researchers, veteran web video creators, artists, communicators, and just plain science buffs to submit exceptional videos on current research topics. The challenge: The videos should be entertaining, scientifically solid and at the same time easy to understand. Deadline for submission is July 31, 2015.




Music Creates Knowledge

30.08.2013, Berlin | September 4, 2013 will be the first concert in a series initiated by Ulrich Köstlin and the Ernst Schering Foundation: a presentation of musical works from different centuries followed by a discussion with renowned neuroscientists.

Köstlin Salon



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