Philipp Lachenmann: DELPHI Rationale


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."

(Be)Handeln mit Musik

Musik wird seit Urzeiten als Heilmittel eingesetzt, aber erst seit etwa zwei Jahrzehnten beginnt die moderne Gehirnforschung zu verstehen, wie Musik ihre Heilkraft entfalten kann. Mit Susanne Bauer, Professorin für Musiktherapie an der Universität der Künste Berlin, widmen wir uns im dritten Salon der Reihe Musik schafft Wissen am 13.05.2014 dem Thema (Be)Handeln mit Musik - die Bedeutung von Musik in der Therapie von Krankheiten. Die Sängerin und Stimmanthropologin Ulrike Sowodniok und der Akkordeonist Maxim Shagaev präsentieren in diesem Rahmen Werke von Fauré und Debussy, Brahms und Rossini.

© Schering Stiftung



Who’s Afraid of Foreigners?

20.03.2017, Berlin | Fear of the foreign seems to be an essential human trait. It manifests itself in early childhood behavior as well as in adult xenophobic responses. But how do we happen to distinguish between the foreign and the familiar? What role do prejudices play? And why does the experience of foreignness cause fear? Is this fear nothing but a primordial instinct warning homo sapiens of a potential threat? What is the benefit, what is the risk of such fearful reactions? And how can we deal with fear of the other? Can fear perhaps even be transformed into curiosity?

These questions will be discussed by Dr. Elke Geenen and Prof. Dr. Borwin Bandelow as part of a salon entitled “Who’s Afraid of Foreigners?” which will be held at the Komische Oper Berlin on May 22, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.






Artist-in-residence program KLAS has been started

14.07.2017, Berlin | As part of the artist-in-residence program KLAS – “Knowledge Link through Art and Science” – the Max Planck Institutes of Colloids and Interfaces and of Molecular Plant Physiology for the first time invite contemporary artists to develop their own projects at the Potsdam-Golm Science Park (Germany) and the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). A prestigious jury has selected the projects submitted by Agnes Meyer-Brandis (Germany) and by the duo Otavio Schipper and Sergio Krakowski (Brazil). The artists will now be able to collaborate with scientists from the participating institutes in the much-discussed research field of synthetic biology.




125.660 Spesimen Sejarah Alam

04.08.2015, Berlin / Jakarta | “125.660 Spesimen Sejarah Alam” (125,660 Specimens of Natural History) is an art and science exhibition about colonial natural history collections and the environmental transformations they produced in Indonesia. The exhibition follows the course of Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913), best known for co-discovering the theory of evolution by natural selection. From 1854 to 1862, Wallace travelled the Malay Archipelago, documenting the region’s biodiversity and amassing a gigantic collection of specimens for European museums. The exhibition invites artists to retrace, re-appropriate or reassess the expedition, its documents, and its various artifacts; artists will examine the mobility of colonial knowledge and the transformations of the Indonesian landscape from a variety of perspectives and through various media. The project is supported by the Ernst Schering Foundation and a second iteration will move to Germany in automn 2017. Poster_Jakarta



Faith in the City

29.10.2013, Berlin | Aren’t religion and urbanity mutually exclusive? All the findings of the international project GLOBAL PRAYERS: Redemption and Liberation in the City indicate that this basic assumption of urban research is no longer valid: New religious communities are changing urban topographies and are emerging as economic and global players. On November 14–16, 2013, the House of World Cultures in Berlin will host the Global Prayers Congress (open to the public), which will kick off with “Speaking in Tongues,” a video installation by Dutch artist Aernout Mik.

The Global Prayers Congress



Universal or Random? Complexity Research Beyond Traditional Disciplines

On Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at 6.30 p.m.,  Prof. Dr. Hans H. Diebner, Head of the Performative Science Project – Basic Research at the Interface Between Art and Science at the Institute for New Media (INM), Frankfurt, will give a public talk "Complexity Research Beyond Traditional Disciplines" at the Ernst Schering Foundation. The lecture is related to the exhibtion „IRRATIONAL COMPUTING“ by artist Ralf Baecker, which is shown at the Ernst Schering Foundation's project Space until December 17, 2011.

Irrational Computing Ralf Baecker



New release: “ArteFakte: Wissen ist Kunst – Kunst ist Wissen"

26.11.2014, Berlin | “ArteFakte: Wissen ist Kunst – Kunst ist Wissen. Reflexionen und Praktiken wissenschaftlich-künstlerischer Begegnungen” (ArteFacts: Knowledge is Art – Art is Knowledge: Reflections on and Practices of Encounters between Science and Art), a volume of essays edited by Hermann Parzinger, Stefan Aue, and Günter Stock, will be published by transcript Verlag in December 2014. The book documents the results of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities’ 2011|12 Annual Theme of the same title.




Code and Material – Algorithms in Art

One week after Prof. Diebner's talk on complexity reasearch, Prof. Dr. Georg Trogemann, Professor of Experimental Computer Science & Audio-Visual Media, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, will give a public talk about "Algorithms in Art", accompanying the exhibtion "IRRATIONAL COMPUTING" by Ralf Baecker. The lecture at the Ernst Schering Foundation on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 6.30 p.m. will present how symbolic systems and materials enter into new constellations. Irrational Computing Ralf Baecker



SYNAPSE – The International Curators’ Workshop

22.03.2013, Berlin | What curatorial approaches do justice to the complex ecologies and formative processes of the Anthropocene? This question will be addressed by Jill Bennett in her public keynote lecture on April 26, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. In her talk entitled Anthropocene Aesthetics and the Future of Exhibitions, Bennett, a curator and Professor of Experimental Arts at the University of New South Wales, Australia, will examine the question of how and why the idea of the “age of man” is changing our cultural practice.

Xijing Men: This is Xijing – The Life of the Xijing Presidents (Urban Planning)



Interdisciplinary Conference on “Body Images in Art and Science”

On September 7-11, 2011, the Young Academy at the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina held an interdisciplinary conference on “Body Images in Art and Science” at the Rondo Convention Center in Pontresina (Switzerland). The Ernst Schering Foundation supported the conference as an interdisciplinary dialogue platform on body images in art and science.





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Address: Unter den Linden 32-34 | 10117 Berlin Opening hours during exhibitions:Thursday through Monday, 1 - 7 p.m. | Admission is free Since 2009, the Ernst Schering Foundation has ...