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06/26/2017 - 06/27/2017 | Berlin

Art / Nature:Contemporary Art in Natural History Museums and Collections

A pilot project in cooperation with the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

The conference outlines recent and ongoing art projects and art programmes in natural history museums and in the natural history collections of multidisciplinary museums. In doing so, it aims to reflect upon and discuss the expectations, potentials, possible limitations and values of these kinds of interactions and interventions from the perspectives of curators, artists and researchers.

Monday, 26 June

Starting at 9:00 am Registration

9:30–10:45 am Introduction

9:30 am Welcome Address
Johannes Vogel, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
Kirsten Haß, German Federal Cultural Foundation
Anita Hermannstädter, PAN – Perspectives on Nature,
Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

10:00 am Keynote Lecture
The Natural History Complex: On Artistic Research into Sticky Materialities
Petra Lange-Berndt, Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar, Universität Hamburg


11:15 am–12:15 pm Artists as Residents
Moderator: Bergit Arends,
Royal Holloway, University of London/Science Museum, London

Intersecting Inquiries: Smithsonian Artist Fellows at the National Museum
of Natural History
Barbara W Stauffer, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC

The Alchemical Afterlife
Janet Laurence, 2016 Artist-in-Residence at the Australian Museum, Sydney


1:15–2:45 pm Blurring Boundaries
Moderator: Christine Heidemann, Berlin

The Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature: New Hunting Estate for Contemporary Art
Claude d’ Anthenaise, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris

INHOTIM’s Educational Practices: Merging Different Areas of Knowledge
Yara Castanheira, INHOTIM, Brumadinho, Brazil

A Vision for BIOTOPIA: Exploring Life through Science, Art and Design
Michael John Gorman, BIOTOPIA, Munich

2:45–4:00 pm Meet to speak
Open space with a chance to speak with the previous speakers
(including BREAK)

4:00–5:00 pm Art/Nature – Brief Romance or Lasting Relationship?
Moderator: Felix Sattler,
Tieranatomisches Theater, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Kick-off speeches and panel discussion with:

D’Arcy Wilson, Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Gaby Hartel, Berlin
Neil MacGregor, London/Berlin
Ariane Berthoin Antal, WZB Berlin Social Science Center

6:00–9:00 pm Reception
Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Invalidenstraße 43

All exhibitions are open, including artistic interventions by Klara Hobza and
Monika Rinck. Meet and speak with the artists and their curators,
Bergit Arends and Cord Riechelmann.

8:15–9:00 pm Sensory Walk
Explore the museum with other senses with Susanne Schmitt and
Laurie Young (pre-registration required)

Tuesday, 27 June

9:00–9:30 am Kick-off Remarks
Moderator: Christine Heidemann, Berlin

Drop Art into Natural Museums without Any Interdisciplinary Ambitions
Cord Riechelmann, Berlin

9:30–11:00 am Collaborations between Art and Science
Moderator: Dorothée Brill, Berlin

Painting on the Rocks: Interventions in Terra Cognita
Ulrike Stottrop, Ruhr Museum Essen and Tony Clark, Melbourne

Accessing Masses: Art Film as Index to Research Collection
Frank Steinheimer, Natural Sciences Collections, Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg

How Not to Be a Stuffed Animal: Moving Natural History Museums through
Multispecies Choreography
Susanne Schmitt, Munich and Laurie Young, Berlin


11:30 am–12:30 pm Inspiration through Interventions
Moderator: Cord Riechelmann, Berlin

Art/Nature: Artistic Interventions at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin:
The Museum as Research Field
Anita Hermannstädter, PAN – Perspectives on Nature, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

Artists’ Views and Museum Narratives: Art Interventions in the Berlin Museum
of Medical History at the Charité
Thomas Schnalke, Berlin Museum of Medical History


1.30–2:30 pm Meet to speak
Open space with a chance to speak with the previous speakers
(including BREAK)

2:30–4:00 pm Difficult Legacy
Moderation: Mareike Vennen, Technische Universität Berlin

Daniel Boyd ‘Up in Smoke Tour’: Decolonising the Natural History Museum
through Contemporary Art
Bergit Arends, Royal Holloway, University of London/Science Museum, London

‘Dead Images’ – Interdisciplinary Art-based Research on a Collection of
40,000 Human Skulls at the NHM Vienna
Tal Adler, CARMAH, TRACES/Horizon 2020, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Reassembling the Natural: Contesting the Necroaesthetics of the Anthropocene
Anna-Sophie Springer, Berlin/Goldsmiths, London and
Etienne Turpin, Jakarta/MIT, Cambridge

4:00–5:00 pm Chill-out on the rooftop

Information on participating / attending:
Registration (by 19 June) at:
More information:


Yori Schultka
Art/Nature Coordinator
PAN – Perspectives on Nature
Department of Science Communication and History of Science
Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz-Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin

Phone: +49 (0)30 2093 8822


06/26/2017 09:00 - 06/27/2017 05:00

Registration deadline:


Event venue:

Conference venue: Leibniz Association, Chausseestraße 111,

Sensory walk: Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz-Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science
Invalidenstraße 43,
10115 Berlin

Target group:

Scientists and scholars, Students

Email address:



Subject areas:

Art / design, Biology, Cultural sciences

Types of events:

Conference / symposium / (annual) conference




Dr. Gesine Steiner



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