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Art & Science. The six-part performative event series “The Humboldt Experiment” focuses on the life and work of Alexander von Humboldt. Brazilian director Mirah Laline stages encounters between Humboldt researchers from the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and contemporary artists. Each lecture-performance surprises with its own aesthetics and makes Alexander von Humboldt’s scientific legacy a sensual experience. The director combines lectures by scientists with video art, dance, drama and music. The individual episodes deal with different perspectives on Humboldt’s work and its continuing relevance.


In episode 1 of “The Humboldt Experiment. Ascent to Chimborazo”, media artist Nelson Vergara from Colombia meets Humboldt expert Tobias Kraft on 17 March. Following in the footsteps of Alexander von Humboldt, Nelson Vergara has dared to climb Chimborazo. Ecuador’s highest mountain was considered the highest mountain in the world at the time of Humboldt. The lecture performance is the prelude to a six-part series of events staged by the Brazilian director Mirah Laline. It creates encounters between Humboldt researchers of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and contemporary arts. Scientific lectures meet video art, dance, drama and music. Postcolonial perspectives of artists from Latin America enter into dialogue with research by and on Alexander von Humboldt.



The Humboldt Experiment is a series of events organized by the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss in cooperation with the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW)


Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW)