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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Programme for the birthday of Alexander von Humboldt. All events will take place in the original language, mostly with translations into German/English/Spanish.

Registration

Online registration for the events on 13 and 14 September.

Please feel free to drop by and bring some waiting time. We are waiting for you at the south entrance of the construction site (Schlossplatz/Breite Straße).

Cosmos III

12 midday–2.30 pm, Open Doors 11.45 am
Admission is free.
Please drop by and bring some waiting time. We are waiting for you at the south entrance of the construction site (Schlossplatz/Breite Straße).
Online registration has ended.

from noon
Exhibitions
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Discover contemporary and historical outlooks on Alexander von Humboldt from Latin America.

Archivo Alexander von Humboldt
Exhibition by Fabiano Kueva, co-curator: David Blankenstein

The Archivo Alexander von Humboldt by the Ecuadorian artist is a long-term project lasting more than ten years. Since 2009 Fabiano Kueva, starting with Humboldt's trip to America, has been exploring the question of the archive in an artistic-discursive manner using film, exhibition and documentation. Kueva not only traces Humboldt's journey, he also takes a closer look at his gestures, words and practices of collecting and sorting. By re-staging famous works of Humboldt, he reveals the patterns of thought hidden behind the “scientific” journey. What strategies did Humboldt use to stage his work? And how did Humboldt change our view of science and truth?

La naturaleza de las cosas: Humboldt, idas y venidas / The Nature of Things: Humboldt, Comings and Goings
Contemporary artists in dialogue with works of art and documents from the 18th and 19th centuries, curated by Halim Badawi

The exhibition shows the presence of the Humboldt tradition in contemporary Latin American art. On his travels through Latin America (1799-1804), Humboldt gathered impressions from the lush and politicised territory of the “New World” on rivers, in the uplands, on mountains and volcanoes. The exhibition traces his footsteps on this journey right up to artistic praxis in Latin America today. Selected works show that the burning questions of our time had already revealed themselves in the times of Humboldt’s expedition to the Americas. The exhibition shows the visitor how close the development of science and art is linked to political, economic and social developments, especially in a country like Colombia where an abundant world of nature, geographical diversity, biodiversity and mineral resources go hand in hand with inequality and exploitation, an extractivist economy and deforestation.

Artistic contributions:

  • contemporary: Antonio Bermúdez, José Luis Bongore, Luis Carlos Camargo, Camilo Echavarría, Gianfranco Foschino, David Guarnizo, Alfredo Jaar, Regina de Miguel, Carlos Motta, Andrés Matías Pinilla, José Alejandro Restrepo, Liliana Sánchez, Óscar Santillán und Experimenta/Sur: Tejidos conectivos;
  • historic: Ricardo Borrero Álvarez, Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Clarkson, Ida Esbra, Pancho Fierro, Baron Jean-Baptiste Louis Gros, Felipe Santiago Gutiérrez, Alexander von Humboldt, Theodor Koch-Grünberg, Erwin Kraus, Maria Sibylla Merian, Andrés de Santa María, Sunqua, Ramón Torres Méndez.

A publication is to be released with the exhibition containing information about all of the works being shown and about the participating artists (available in the exhibition space)

from noon
Installations
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Take a virtual walk in Alexander von Humboldt’s footsteps and find out about indigenous perspectives.

VR installations

Juyeco Humboldt

4Direcciones Audio Visionaries

This team from Bogotá has developed a mixed reality application that incorporates sounds and movements, augmented reality elements and immersive sounds from the environment it is located in. The indigenous community house becomes a meeting place. Humboldt's South American journey is mirrored from the perspective of indigenous thought, encouraging us to engage with indigenous perspectives on knowledge and the environment through physical experience. Juyeko Humboldt aims to decolonise consciousness through the medium of ritual dance.

Alexander VR Humboldt

Sunset Fox

Humboldt's ambition to map the world is still fascinating today. In its virtual reality application, the team from Mexico City focuses on the explorer’s instruments. Using measuring devices such as sextants or altimeters from Humboldt's luggage, the researcher's everyday life can be experienced in five different missions. Humboldt's Mexican travel route is traced from his arrival in Acapulco to Mexico City.

Hololistic

Virtual Penguins

In this virtual reality application from Lima, visitors immerse themselves in a world inspired by video game aesthetics. They have to walk through a narrow mine tunnel, follow the instructions of a rabbit and climb steep mountain slopes. The commenting voice of Alexander von Humboldt, which embeds the events in a historical context, provides orientation.

360˚ Films

Humboldt360˚ | An expedition in Latin America

Tim Hamelberg

This 360-degree film retraces Alexander von Humboldt's travels in Colombia and Ecuador. Accompanied by original quotations, visitors travel through today's Latin America. In four episodes, the film takes on Humboldt's precise way of looking at the world as a cultural scientist, ethnologist and critic of colonialism, racism and exploitation, showing the image of Latin America that people travelling find there today. The journey stops along the way at Cartagena, Bogotá, Quito and the Chimborazo.

Kaji (Sacred Coca)

Diana Rico, Richard Décaillet

Kají (Sacred Coca) takes the viewers on an expanded audiovisual journey to the Amazonian rainforest. There, they encounter a 14,000-year-old tradition at the centre of which one finds the plant of wisdom. The 360° film provides a unique opportunity to explore the seldom visited region and to immerse oneself in the cultural origins of the coca plant and see how it is used in the Amazon region. The film provides an insight into the world of this secretive plant and the daily life of the Jaguar shamans of Yurupari on the Piraparaná River in Vaupés in Colombia.

In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut.

from noon
Family programme
+

Become familiar with South American stories and rearrange Alexander von Humboldt’s Naturgemälde (nature painting).

Transforming the nature painting
participative installation

In this participative installation, the famous nature paintings are set in motion according to the principle of Humboldt's world view. Painting sections on numerous cubes invite visitors to create and intervene. Humboldt's observations and insights are set into the turbulent context of the present. How would Humboldt cultivate his large network today? He would probably work with post-its and communicate using social media. Visitors are invited to position themselves within the changing landscape of current social issues.

Narrated (hi)stories Christine Lander’s storytelling takes us along Humboldt's paths into the world of the history and stories of Latin America. Visitors are invited to discover historical knowledge they didn’t know before, to bring it together with their own knowledge and to take away new knowledge.

1–2.30 pm
Conversations
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Acquaint yourself with aspects of Alexander von Humboldt’s works and personality.

World citizen
Brinda Sommer, Paul Spies (1–1.20 pm)

Berlin has left its mark in many countries and is also shaped by events elsewhere in the world. The people who visit Berlin or live here are also “citizens of the world” who are directly or indirectly linked to other people, places and events in the world through a wide array of connections. This interconnectedness with the world is the central theme of the Berlin exhibition at the Humboldt Forum. The first exhibition space, “Networking the World”, forms a bridge between the Humboldt Forum and the Berlin exhibition. Alexander von Humboldt is presented here as a cosmopolitan, scientist and networker who has cultivated connections throughout the world. Visitors are also invited to become part of a worldwide network. Paul Spies, senior curator of the Berlin exhibition, and Brinda Sommer, head of the team of curators, will talk about Humboldt as a citizen of the world.

Ciclo Anual no Rio Tiquié / The Tiquié River Annual Cycle
Damião Amaral Barbosa, Aloisio Cabalzar, Rais Campos, Ismael Pimentel dos Santos, Andrea Scholz (1.20–1.40 pm)

What information can be found in the indigenous calendar of the Rio Negro? What do the constellations say about the river level of the Tiquié? In this interview, Andrea Scholz, scientific fellow at the South American Collection of the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin, and her project partners from Brazil will be providing an insight into the process of creating the façade projection The Tiquié River Annual Cycle.
Circular calendar representations with naturalistic drawings by indigenous people are a tradition in the exploration of the region, its indigenous culture and its natural abundance. The Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), a non-governmental organisation in Brazil, has been using this type of representation for years in intercultural research. For the projection, the team created the script, storyboards and sketches for the video performances based on myths and nature observations, and then animated the drawings.

Experiencing, surveying, perceiving: ecological aesthetics after Humboldt
Friedrich von Bose, Birgit Schneider (1.40–2 pm)

Humboldt pursued ecologically motivated science early on. This science has its aesthetical foundations in two aspects: It juxtaposed physical feeling and instrumental sensing as equivalent forms of knowledge. The aim of this comprehensive mode of perception was to acquire an equally comprehensive knowledge of “the entire air cycle” and the living beings that grow and circulate within it. His dynamic, circulating and networked description of global processes and their environmental factors outlines an environmental knowledge that later became the driving force behind entire disciplines with terms such as “milieu”, “environment” and “ecology”. After an introduction by Friedrich von Bose, curator for the Humboldt Labor at the Humboldt Forum, Birgit Schneider, Professor of Knowledge Cultures and Media Environments, explains why today, in the age of the climate crisis, Humboldt's aesthetics can be revived.

Naturgemälde: Humboldt and contemporary art in Latin America
Wenzel Bilger, José Alejandro Restrepo, Liliana Sánchez (2–2.20 pm)

Humboldt’s work has had a strong influence, right up to the present day, on how we perceive of nature and therefore also on artistic praxis, especially in Latin America. The exhibition La naturaleza de las cosas: Humboldt, idas y venidas / The Nature of Things: Humboldt, Comings and Goings as well as the experimental platform Experimenta/Sur: Tejidos Conectivos are attempts to get to the bottom of this relationship. This is the topic of discussion for Liliana Sánchez and José Alejandro Restrepo, whose works are being shown in the exhibition La naturaleza de las cosas: Humboldt, idas y venidas, with Wenzel Bilger, Director of the Goethe-Institut in Bogotá.

Cosmos IV

3–5.15 pm, Open Doors 2.45 pm
Admission is free.
Please drop by and bring some waiting time. We are waiting for you at the south entrance of the construction site (Schlossplatz/Breite Straße).
Online registration has ended.

from 3 pm
Exhibitions
+

Discover contemporary and historical outlooks on Alexander von Humboldt from Latin America.

Archivo Alexander von Humboldt
Exhibition by Fabiano Kueva, co-curator: David Blankenstein

The Archivo Alexander von Humboldt by the Ecuadorian artist is a long-term project lasting more than ten years. Since 2009 Fabiano Kueva, starting with Humboldt's trip to America, has been exploring the question of the archive in an artistic-discursive manner using film, exhibition and documentation. Kueva not only traces Humboldt's journey, he also takes a closer look at his gestures, words and practices of collecting and sorting. By re-staging famous works of Humboldt, he reveals the patterns of thought hidden behind the “scientific” journey. What strategies did Humboldt use to stage his work? And how did Humboldt change our view of science and truth?

La naturaleza de las cosas: Humboldt, idas y venidas / The Nature of Things: Humboldt, Comings and Goings
Contemporary artists in dialogue with works of art and documents from the 18th and 19th centuries, curated by Halim Badawi

The exhibition shows the presence of the Humboldt tradition in contemporary Latin American art. On his travels through Latin America (1799-1804), Humboldt gathered impressions from the lush and politicised territory of the “New World” on rivers, in the uplands, on mountains and volcanoes. The exhibition traces his footsteps on this journey right up to artistic praxis in Latin America today. Selected works show that the burning questions of our time had already revealed themselves in the times of Humboldt’s expedition to the Americas. The exhibition shows the visitor how close the development of science and art is linked to political, economic and social developments, especially in a country like Colombia where an abundant world of nature, geographical diversity, biodiversity and mineral resources go hand in hand with inequality and exploitation, an extractivist economy and deforestation.

Artistic contributions:

  • contemporary: Antonio Bermúdez, José Luis Bongore, Luis Carlos Camargo, Camilo Echavarría, Gianfranco Foschino, David Guarnizo, Alfredo Jaar, Regina de Miguel, Carlos Motta, Andrés Matías Pinilla, José Alejandro Restrepo, Liliana Sánchez, Óscar Santillán und Experimenta/Sur: Tejidos conectivos;
  • historic: Ricardo Borrero Álvarez, Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Clarkson, Ida Esbra, Pancho Fierro, Baron Jean-Baptiste Louis Gros, Felipe Santiago Gutiérrez, Alexander von Humboldt, Theodor Koch-Grünberg, Erwin Kraus, Maria Sibylla Merian, Andrés de Santa María, Sunqua, Ramón Torres Méndez.

A publication is to be released with the exhibition containing information about all of the works being shown and about the participating artists (available in the exhibition space).

from 3 pm
Installations
+

Take a virtual walk in Alexander von Humboldt’s footsteps and find out about indigenous perspectives.

VR installations

Juyeco Humboldt

4Direcciones Audio Visionaries

This team from Bogotá has developed a mixed reality application that incorporates sounds and movements, augmented reality elements and immersive sounds from the environment it is located in. The indigenous community house becomes a meeting place. Humboldt's South American journey is mirrored from the perspective of indigenous thought, encouraging us to engage with indigenous perspectives on knowledge and the environment through physical experience. Juyeko Humboldt aims to decolonise consciousness through the medium of ritual dance.

Alexander VR Humboldt

Sunset Fox

Humboldt's ambition to map the world is still fascinating today. In its virtual reality application, the team from Mexico City focuses on the explorer’s instruments. Using measuring devices such as sextants or altimeters from Humboldt's luggage, the researcher's everyday life can be experienced in five different missions. Humboldt's Mexican travel route is traced from his arrival in Acapulco to Mexico City.

Hololistic

Virtual Penguins

In this virtual reality application from Lima, visitors immerse themselves in a world inspired by video game aesthetics. They have to walk through a narrow mine tunnel, follow the instructions of a rabbit and climb steep mountain slopes. The commenting voice of Alexander von Humboldt, which embeds the events in a historical context, provides orientation.

360˚ Films

Humboldt360˚ | An expedition in Latin America

Tim Hamelberg

This 360-degree film retraces Alexander von Humboldt's travels in Colombia and Ecuador. Accompanied by original quotations, visitors travel through today's Latin America. In four episodes, the film takes on Humboldt's precise way of looking at the world as a cultural scientist, ethnologist and critic of colonialism, racism and exploitation, showing the image of Latin America that people travelling find there today. The journey stops along the way at Cartagena, Bogotá, Quito and the Chimborazo.

Kaji (Sacred Coca)

Diana Rico, Richard Décaillet

Kají (Sacred Coca) takes the viewers on an expanded audiovisual journey to the Amazonian rainforest. There, they encounter a 14,000-year-old tradition at the centre of which one finds the plant of wisdom. The 360° film provides a unique opportunity to explore the seldom visited region and to immerse oneself in the cultural origins of the coca plant and see how it is used in the Amazon region. The film provides an insight into the world of this secretive plant and the daily life of the Jaguar shamans of Yurupari on the Piraparaná River in Vaupés in Colombia.

In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut.

from 3 pm
Family programme
+

Become familiar with South American stories and rearrange Alexander von Humboldt’s Naturgemälde (nature painting).

Transforming the nature painting
participative installation

In this participative installation, the famous nature paintings are set in motion according to the principle of Humboldt's world view. Painting sections on numerous cubes invite visitors to create and intervene. Humboldt's observations and insights are set into the turbulent context of the present. How would Humboldt cultivate his large network today? He would probably work with post-its and communicate using social media. Visitors are invited to position themselves within the changing landscape of current social issues.

3–4.30 pm
Conversations
+

Acquaint yourself with aspects of Alexander von Humboldt’s works and personality.

Cosmos and the archive of humanity
Manuela Fischer, Maria Gaida, Lars-Christian Koch (3.10–3.30 pm)

Enthusiasm, hard work, encounters, dangers and countless - sometimes unexpected - discoveries shaped Humboldt's famous South American expedition. What did he find out during his measurements of the Humboldt Current, named after him, on the west coast of South America? What were his calculations of the golden offerings in Lake Guatavita all about? Is this the legendary El Dorado? The director for the collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (SMB) at the Humboldt Forum, Lars-Christian Koch, Maria Gaida, head of the Collections Department of the SMB, and Manuela Fischer, custodian of the South American Collection at the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin, will be discussing these and many other questions as well as three objects that Humboldt collected in Mexico, thus already offering a preview of possible discovery tours in the Ethnological Collections at the Humboldt Forum.

Other narratives and other memories
David Blankenstein, Fabiano Kueva (3.30–3.50 pm)

Based on the Archivo Alexander von Humboldt project, the artist Fabiano Kueva and David Blankenstein, co-curator and curator of the exhibition on the Humboldt Brothers at the Deutsche Historische Museum opening in November, enter into a dialogue on the conditions and consequences of the status of objects and images as carriers of memory and historical narrative. What effects do the transit of objects and images, their presence or absence, their acclimatisation to new places or their artistic transformation have on their capacity to transport memory and mediate history? And where do they help to produce alternative forms of memory and history?

Berlin or Paris: Humboldt’s private life
Liz Rosenfeld, Rüdiger Schaper, chair: Carolina Chimoy (3.50–4.10 pm)

Alexander von Humboldt's relationship with Berlin is not without its conflicts. It was only at the age of almost 60, in 1827, that he settled in his home city. Humboldt preferred Paris, which at the time had a reputation and a role similar to the one Berlin has today. Paris stood for openness and free lifestyles, the city was a magnet for scientists and artists. But how would Humboldt decide today - as a scientist and as an individual? Would he live in Berlin? What makes Berlin so attractive? Journalist Rüdiger Schaper and video artist Liz Rosenfeld delve into these questions and go on an expedition into Humboldt's (private) life - as it was and as it might be today.

The Humboldtian principle
Hartmut Dorgerloh, Edith Hirte (4.10–4.30 pm)

The Humboldt brothers have given their name to many places. Not far from the Humboldt Universität, the Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss is now being established, where the names of the two scholars will be inscribed. It is said that having a certain name comes with certain obligations, but what is behind this – is this merely a saying or does it really mean something? Even though the Forum will not be a Humboldt museum, Humboldt’s work and his life achievements are ideally suited to inspire the programme work of the Humboldt Forum. General Director Hartmut Dorgerloh and historian Edith Hirte, adviser at the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss, discuss the relevance of Alexander von Humboldt for the programmatic orientation of the Humboldt Forum. Is there a Humboldt principle at the Humboldt Forum?

Cosmos V

6–9 pm, Open doors 5.30 pm
Admission is free.
Please drop by and bring some waiting time. We are waiting for you at the south entrance of the construction site (Schlossplatz/Breite Straße).
Online registration has ended.

from 6 pm
Exhibitions
+

Discover contemporary and historical outlooks on Alexander von Humboldt from Latin America.

Archivo Alexander von Humboldt
Exhibition by Fabiano Kueva, co-curator: David Blankenstein

The Archivo Alexander von Humboldt by the Ecuadorian artist is a long-term project lasting more than ten years. Since 2009 Fabiano Kueva, starting with Humboldt's trip to America, has been exploring the question of the archive in an artistic-discursive manner using film, exhibition and documentation. Kueva not only traces Humboldt's journey, he also takes a closer look at his gestures, words and practices of collecting and sorting. By re-staging famous works of Humboldt, he reveals the patterns of thought hidden behind the “scientific” journey. What strategies did Humboldt use to stage his work? And how did Humboldt change our view of science and truth?

La naturaleza de las cosas: Humboldt, idas y venidas / The Nature of Things: Humboldt, Comings and Goings
Contemporary artists in dialogue with works of art and documents from the 18th and 19th centuries, curated by Halim Badawi

The exhibition shows the presence of the Humboldt tradition in contemporary Latin American art. On his travels through Latin America (1799-1804), Humboldt gathered impressions from the lush and politicised territory of the “New World” on rivers, in the uplands, on mountains and volcanoes. The exhibition traces his footsteps on this journey right up to artistic praxis in Latin America today. Selected works show that the burning questions of our time had already revealed themselves in the times of Humboldt’s expedition to the Americas. The exhibition shows the visitor how close the development of science and art is linked to political, economic and social developments, especially in a country like Colombia where an abundant world of nature, geographical diversity, biodiversity and mineral resources go hand in hand with inequality and exploitation, an extractivist economy and deforestation.

Artistic contributions:

  • contemporary: Antonio Bermúdez, José Luis Bongore, Luis Carlos Camargo, Camilo Echavarría, Gianfranco Foschino, David Guarnizo, Alfredo Jaar, Regina de Miguel, Carlos Motta, Andrés Matías Pinilla, José Alejandro Restrepo, Liliana Sánchez, Óscar Santillán und Experimenta/Sur: Tejidos conectivos;
  • historic: Ricardo Borrero Álvarez, Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Clarkson, Ida Esbra, Pancho Fierro, Baron Jean-Baptiste Louis Gros, Felipe Santiago Gutiérrez, Alexander von Humboldt, Theodor Koch-Grünberg, Erwin Kraus, Maria Sibylla Merian, Andrés de Santa María, Sunqua, Ramón Torres Méndez.

A publication is to be released with the exhibition containing information about all of the works being shown and about the participating artists (available in the exhibition space).

from 6 pm
Installations
+

Take a virtual walk in Alexander von Humboldt’s footsteps and find out about indigenous perspectives.

VR installations

Juyeco Humboldt

4Direcciones Audio Visionaries

This team from Bogotá has developed a mixed reality application that incorporates sounds and movements, augmented reality elements and immersive sounds from the environment it is located in. The indigenous community house becomes a meeting place. Humboldt's South American journey is mirrored from the perspective of indigenous thought, encouraging us to engage with indigenous perspectives on knowledge and the environment through physical experience. Juyeko Humboldt aims to decolonise consciousness through the medium of ritual dance.

Alexander VR Humboldt

Sunset Fox

Humboldt's ambition to map the world is still fascinating today. In its virtual reality application, the team from Mexico City focuses on the explorer’s instruments. Using measuring devices such as sextants or altimeters from Humboldt's luggage, the researcher's everyday life can be experienced in five different missions. Humboldt's Mexican travel route is traced from his arrival in Acapulco to Mexico City.

Hololistic

Virtual Penguins

In this virtual reality application from Lima, visitors immerse themselves in a world inspired by video game aesthetics. They have to walk through a narrow mine tunnel, follow the instructions of a rabbit and climb steep mountain slopes. The commenting voice of Alexander von Humboldt, which embeds the events in a historical context, provides orientation.

360˚ Films

Humboldt360˚ | An expedition in Latin America

Tim Hamelberg

This 360-degree film retraces Alexander von Humboldt's travels in Colombia and Ecuador. Accompanied by original quotations, visitors travel through today's Latin America. In four episodes, the film takes on Humboldt's precise way of looking at the world as a cultural scientist, ethnologist and critic of colonialism, racism and exploitation, showing the image of Latin America that people travelling find there today. The journey stops along the way at Cartagena, Bogotá, Quito and the Chimborazo.

Kaji (Sacred Coca)

Diana Rico, Richard Décaillet

Kají (Sacred Coca) takes the viewers on an expanded audiovisual journey to the Amazonian rainforest. There, they encounter a 14,000-year-old tradition at the centre of which one finds the plant of wisdom. The 360° film provides a unique opportunity to explore the seldom visited region and to immerse oneself in the cultural origins of the coca plant and see how it is used in the Amazon region. The film provides an insight into the world of this secretive plant and the daily life of the Jaguar shamans of Yurupari on the Piraparaná River in Vaupés in Colombia.

In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut.

from 6 pm
Family programme
+

Become familiar with South American stories and rearrange Alexander von Humboldt’s Naturgemälde (nature painting).

Transforming the nature painting
participative installation

In this participative installation, the famous nature paintings are set in motion according to the principle of Humboldt's world view. Painting sections on numerous cubes invite visitors to create and intervene. Humboldt's observations and insights are set into the turbulent context of the present. How would Humboldt cultivate his large network today? He would probably work with post-its and communicate using social media. Visitors are invited to position themselves within the changing landscape of current social issues.

6 pm
Globally linked discussion
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Expert discussion on Humboldt’s networking methods and networked way of thinking with live video connections from Berlin, Novosibirsk and Bogotá

Livestream ►

CONEXIÓN HUMBOLDT | ГУМБОЛЬДТ-КОННЕКШН

  • Berlin: Ottmar Ette, Sandra Rebok; Moderation Carolina Chimoy

To what extent have the thinking and methods of the transdisciplinary naturalist remained contemporary to the present day? On the reception of the humanist-oriented observer and internationally networked universal scholar in the Humboldt Year 2019.

  • Nowosibirsk: Irina Oktjabrskaja, Angelina Davydova; Moderation Johannes Grotzky

What would Humboldt, the author and correspondent, report about today? On the ethnic and national identities in the regions travelled in by Humboldt and the global dimension of ecological interconnectedness.

  • Bogotá: Brigitte Baptiste, Abel Rodríguez; Moderation Sara Malagón Llano

What can we learn from indigenous cultures for the future? What does the “queering of ecology” mean? On the extraordinarily high biodiversity of Colombia and the role of the human species in protecting this.

The international networking and communication of knowledge by the Prussian cosmopolitan Alexander von Humboldt provide the starting point for highly contemporary questions about ecological relationships, biological and cultural diversity and acceptance. The globally networked discussion highlights the importance of his work and how it was received in the regions he travelled in throughout Europe, America and czarist Russia. His forward-thinking considerations about climate and species protection, his thoughtful words about preserving diversity and resources are considered today to be visionary. His geopolitical advances and humanistic concerns are re-evaluated within the context of the post-colonial discourse. Humboldt’s method and his new science is described by Humboldt expert Ottmar Ette as transdisciplinary, intercultural, trans-areal, globally networked, publicity-oriented, sensual and experimental. The digitally expanded discussion format with live video connections from Bogotá and Novosibirsk is very much in this vein. The welcoming address is by Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of the Goethe-Institut.

German / English / Spanish / Russian

In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut.

Projections on the East Facade

9 pm–24 mindnight, at the shore of the river Spree (modern facade), freely accessible
No registration required

from 9 pm
Projections
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Experience Alexander von Humboldt in moving pictures and quotations and let indigenous naturalists show you the starry sky of Amazonia.

Still young at 250!
Animation on the east facade

On what would have been his 250th birthday, the east façade of the Humboldt Forum becomes the setting for Alexander von Humboldt's life and thought. “Everything is Interaction” - his central statement about nature and the world - will be explored in an interplay of light, images and architecture. It is a journey into the complexity and enormous variety of this dazzling scientist, researcher and philosopher.

O Ciclo Anual no Rio Tiquié / The Tiquié River Annual Cycle
Damião Amaral Barbosa, Felix Rezende Barbosa, Aloisio Cabalzar, Raiz Campos, Mikko Gaestel, Thiago Oliveira, Ismael Pimentel dos Santos, Andrea Scholz et al.

More than 200 years after Humboldt’s journey along the Rio Negro in the north-west Amazon, the relationships between the indigenous peoples of this region and Ethnologisches Museum Berlin are more alive than ever. Thanks to intense cooperation over the last years, these worlds and world views will now meet one another for the first time here in Berlin’s city centre. The projection on the eastern façade of the Humboldt Forum is the result of a collaborative project that brought together indigenous and non-indigenous artists as well as Brazilian and German ethnologists. Together they translated indigenous myths and observations about stellar constellations and the annual cycle in a visual narrative. This saw the emergence of a positive tension between the modern forms of the building and the complexity of indigenous ideas about time, ecology and ritual. The outcome opens up a space to the Berlin public for visual encounters between two worlds that have shared a common legacy since Humboldt’s days.