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Haptic Hortus

Touching Plants, or: How to Turn a derelict Nail Salon into a Botanical Garden for Week

The multi sensorial installation „Haptic Hortus“ brings stories and experiences of encounters between plants and humans at the Botanical Gardens Berlin to a downtown site that holds complex histories of touch, too: a former nail salon right next to the urban gardening collective Prinzessinnengärten. „Haptic Hortus“, created by anthropologist and artist Susanne Schmitt, responds to the ethnographic research project „Touching Plants“ (FU Berlin).

During Science Week, the site-specific work will be activated through a sensory ethnography workshop with anthropologists Prof. Sandra Calkins and Cornelia Ertl, through a movement-oriented special edition of the experimental knowledge lab „Moving across Tresholds„, and a workshop with sound artist and composer Felix Classen where we explore acoustic hapticality and resounding contact making in a site shared by different forms of life.



This is an in-person event. The installation can be visited from 1 – 6 Nov, every day from 4pm to 8pm – just drop in! For the workshops please register here.

Please note that on November 2nd, public access to the installation will only be from 6-8 pm.

The venue is accessible from ground level, with a ca. 15 cm step to the entrance. Multi-sensorial installation including audio (sound) as well as video and touchable surfaces and objects.

Über den Veranstaltungsort
Studio Nagelneu/Prinzessinnengärten Berlin
Hermannstraße 103
12051 Berlin,

Susanne Schmitt

Institute for Advanced Sustainabilty Studies Potsdam

Image by Ulrich Hartmann Photography

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