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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."

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


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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 Next Society

07.10.2015, 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 at the Institut Kunst (Institute of Art) 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. In October, several events take place as part of “The Next Society”: “New Forms of Understanding Theory” is the title of a fall seminar with immunologist Miguel Soares, artist Julieta Aranda, and Chus Martinez, director of the Institut Kunst. On October 16, the exhibition “TREE Abies Alba” will open at DER TANK on the Basel Campus of the Arts, featuring a sculptural work by Johannes Willi in cooperation with Vera Bruggmann. Finally, on October 27–29, a symposium and a workshop on the topic of “innocence” will bring together thinkers, artists, and scientists.



About Life – Biopolitical Perspectives in Science and Art

26.04.2017, Berlin | The discussions about the cultural, political, and scientific consequences of the life sciences show that biological dimensions cannot be separated from cultural ones. Conceived by Hartmut Böhme and Beate Slominski, the conference “About Life – Biopolitical Perspectives in Science and Art,” which will be held at the Neue Berliner Kunstverein on May 13, 2017, explores the interaction of cultural studies and natural sciences by addressing the following questions: How are we to understand the living (human) entity? In what way do the boundaries blur between inanimate and animate entities in the execution of advanced technologies? How do organisms create a sphere of meaning in interaction with the outside world? What is the contribution of the arts to defining life? With Ute Meta Bauer, Hartmut Böhme, Frank Fehrenbach, Andreas Greiner, Inge Hinterwaldner, Peter Schiering, Georg Toepfer, and Janina Wellmann.

Aura Rosenberg



New Forms of Understanding Theory

15.11.2015, 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 at the Institut Kunst (Art Institute) in Basel. Appointees will be visiting scholars from a variety of disciplines who will present their work and collaborate with the art students on selected topics. A seminar entitled “New Forms of Understanding Theory,” moderated by the director of the Institut Kunst, Chus Martinez, will take place on December 10-11, 2015.



„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.

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International Symposium on Music Performance: Art and Neuroscience in Dialogue

30.03.2016, Berlin/ Tübingen | Perception, sensorimotor learning, memory, emotion and cognition are fundamental processes engaged during music and singing performance. This makes the study of musicians and music interesting for scientists and non-scientists alike. Research into the neuroscience of music is a well-recognized field within the scientific community – but rarely outside, among musicians, music pedagogues and the broader public. With support of the Ernst Schering Foundation the “International Symposium on Music Performance: Art and Neuroscience in Dialogue” on April 29 to May 1, 2016 at Tübingen University aims to foster the interaction and cooperation between disciplines, but also between young scientists, musicians and the general public.




New publication: Evolution Made by Man - Synthetic Biology in the Lab and the Studio

03.11.2015, Berlin | Since antiquity, human beings have dreamed of creating life artificially. The enor-mous progress in DNA sequencing and genetic synthesis has stimulated the emergence of synthetic biology, a discipline that makes it possible to reprogram the genetic code of organisms and create living systems whose combination of traits had previously not existed in nature. This holds the promise of finding future solutions to pressing problems in fields such as health, environment, and energy. At the same time, synthetic biology brings with it not only scientific but also political, legal, and ethical challenges, that require a discussion throughout society. In its new publication “Evolution in Menschenhand. Synthetische Biologie aus Labor und Atelier“ (Evolution Made by Man: Synthetic Biology in the Lab and the Studio), the Ernst Schering Foundation brings together the natural, legal and cultural sciences as well as the humanities to discuss current developments in synthetic biology from a variety of perspectives.




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