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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Science meets Art: m² Earth

Exhibition project in the context of IRI THESys' KOSMOS Summer University 2014

Cooper Blade

Science meets Art

A photo exhibition connecting art, science and society

13 November - 6 December 2014, HU's main building (entrance hall)

Science and art are often understood as opposites: on the one hand logic and facts, on the other hand the expression of creativity; on the one side rational and objective, on the other side socially critical and provocative. But a closer look shows how the boundaries are blurring; artists are also inquisitive researchers, and scientists idealistic individuals.  

The THESys KOSMOS exhibition m² Earth proves that a square meter can be enough space for both science and art. 20 photographic works from Ida Marie Tangerås and Cooper Blade taken in summer and autumn 2014 at different places of Berlin, Norway and the United States will be presented in a square meter format.

The two art students from the BTK (University of Art and Design) capture local aspects of global change with their lenses. These range from reservoir dams and wind turbines to melting glaciers and grazing sheep to urban gardening and plastic creations. Equipped with their analog Hasselblad 6x6 cameras, they aim to document and reflect on the impacts of unsustainable lifestyles and policy making, as well as emerging changes within society towards more sustainability in daily life.

Ten pairs of photographs represent the artists' individual visual interpretation of selected guiding topics and highlight the complexity of global change. The images are complemented by personal comments which arose during a live chat between the artists and 20 participants of the KOSMOS Summer University "FutureLand – Competition for Land" in September 2014.

The project was initiated by the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys) at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.The exhibition is part of the IRI THESys KOSMOS Summer University and will be developed as cooperation between IRI THESys and the BTK University of Applied Science in Berlin.


Photo: Udo Fischer


Anne Dombrowski, Science Communication
Phone: +49 (030) 2093-66334
E-Mail: anne.dombrowski@hu-berlin.de