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."

Sound / Space / Body – A Process

The interdisciplinary artistic research project “Sound / Space / Body – A Process” will have its première on May 28, 2011, at the Radialsystem V. Under the direction of choreographer Louise Wagner, neuroscientists, philosophers, and dancers put the physical awareness of self at the center of an interdisciplinary study inspired by an installation by the pioneer of sound art: Prof. Bernhard Leitner. In her project, Louise Wagner uses the medium of dance to study the perception of sound, in order to communicate a different – physical – way of hearing through seeing movement. Sound_Space_Body - A Process



English Theatre Berlin: "An Experiment With An Air Pump"

As part of the series Science  Theatre, the English Theatre in Berlin presents "An Experiment With An Airpump" by English playwright Shelagh Stephenson. The play - prepared and presented in cooperation with scientists and students of the Institute of Biology and Microbiology at Freie Universität Berlin - is a transdisciplinary cooperation project at the interface of natural science and performing arts. With two compelling examples from two different times in history, Stephenson addresses the topic of prenatal diagnosis, the human body as research object and the role of women in science. She explores the question of how much morality science can take – and how much it needs. The Ernst Schering Foundation supports the production for its innovative cooperation between Artists and Scientists and its approach to social and ethical aspects in science. English_Theatre_1_web



Research in Art and Academia. Challenges for Discourses and Knowledge Systems

4 and 5 May 2012, Haus der Kulturen der Welt


Concept Group:

pdf Seminar Summary

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Brandstetter (FU Berlin)
Sigrid Gareis
Heike Catherina Mertens (Schering Stiftung)
Prof. Dr. Bernd Scherer (Haus der Kulturen der Welt)



Carsten Höller - Rentier im Zöllnerstreifenwald and SOMA

Carsten Höller’s exhibition “Rentier im Zöllnerstreifenwald,” on display at the Project Space of the Ernst Schering Foundation, is a cooperation with the Berlin National Gallery. In the context of his extensive solo exhibition, SOMA, at the National Gallery’s Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin, the artist developed his new work Rentier rot-grün (Reindeer red-green) for the Ernst Schering Foundation, continuing his artistic exploration of the phi-phenomenon, which he began in 2001. 1_Bambi_Carsten Höller



The Mysterious Light – Laser as a Tool for Art and Science

Lecture (in German)

Ernst Peter Fischer
Extraordinary Professor for the History of Science, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Author and Publicist

Schering Stiftung | Unter den Linden 32-34 | 10117 Berlin
Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 7 p.m.

Lecture_Ernst Peter Fischer



Ilana Halperin. Steine

Perhaps for the first time, a striking new solo exhibition investigates the intersection between body stones and geology – new landmass formed inside and outside the body. Steine(Stones) by Glasgow-based artist IlanaHalperin (b1973, New York) draws inspiration from the connections between the body’s physical geology and that of the Earth we inhabit.

Geothermally Occurring Sculpture_Ilana Halperin_1



ENTROPIA – Festival on Entropy in Performance and Science

How much energy a day does a human being need? Is it society or the individual who controls the amount of energy s/he uses? Taking place in the Year of Science 2010 – The Future of Energy, the festival ENTROPIA explores the social opportunities and environmental consequences of the degradation and transformation of energy. For four days, international artists and scientists present their positions on the disappearance, waste, and exploitation of resources. SOAPRA_Mathilde_Monnier_Dominique_Figarella



Membranes, Surfaces, Boundaries | Creating Interstices

29.09.2010, Berlin | At first glance, surfaces are boundaries. But already the ancient natural philosophers were aware of the complex and enigmatic nature of this perception. Matter, they speculated, is not a continuum, but consists of small, ultimate elements that are átomos, i.e. indivisible. It is to this topic that the Aedes am Pfefferberg art gallery dedicates an exhibition entitled “Membranes, Surfaces, Boundaries – Creating Interstices,” which will open on October 8, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. The exhibition is sponsored by the Ernst Schering Foundation because of its interdisciplinary approach at the interface of art and science.




Weaving the Universe - Vortrag und Ausstellung

In Kooperation mit dem British Council präsentiert die Schering Stiftung das Ausstellungsprojekt „Weaving the Universe: From Atoms to Stars“ der peruanischen Künstlerin Fiorella Lavado und des britischen Physikers und Wissenschaftshistorikers Arthur I. Miller.

Die Künstlerin zeigt im Projektraum ihre neuesten Arbeiten, die sie aus Stahldraht im engen wissenschaftlichen Austausch mit Arthur I. Miller fertigt.

Die Ausstellung beginnt am 09.09.2010 um 18 Uhr mit einem Vortrag von Miller und Lavado im Robert-Koch-Forum der Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Unter dem Titel  „A Journey Between Two Worlds“ führen sie in die Thematik der Ausstellung ein. Anschließend, um 19.30 Uhr, wird die Ausstellung in der Schering Stiftung feierlich eröffnet.

Ausführliche Informationen erhalten Sie hier.

Weaving the Universe

Working Shade . Formed Light

Is sunlight composed of different colors and is it refracted into rays of different colors? This discovery by Isaac Newton, taught unquestioningly in physics classes today, was already vehemently challenged by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1810, the year of the publication of his “Theory of Colors,” and has since been hotly debated by both scientists and artists. Two exhibitions, which will open in Berlin on September 4 and 8, 2010, will make it possible for visitors to relive the famous color debate between Goethe and Newton and will re-open the debate through spectacular light installations using state-of-the-art optical equipment. Working Shade_Ingo Nussbaumer



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