This year, for the very first time, we introduced a second Berlin Science Week location. In partnership with Holzmarkt 25, we openeda dedicated ART & SCIENCE FORUM.

Under the motto ‘Dare to Know: Creative Science, Precise Art‘, we highlighted the fruitful interaction between artistic practice and scientific rigor, as well as the way in which it can create new knowledge and ways of understanding. 

Over 10 days, 11,500 people joined the conversation and came to get inspired by science slams, concerts, experimental multi-sensorial performances, or temporary exhibitions.

Last but not least, we demonstrated with the spectacular Closing Party that science, art and celebration are not mutually exclusive, but indeed deserve a joint stage. We are very happy to have taken the first step and are already looking forward to the years to come!


The following Tiny Galleries were open to the public for the duration of the whole festival.

AnthropoScenes, AnthroposEx

Flussgeschichten | River Stories

Over the past months, artists, scientists and residents have explored a tiny area nestled between canals, boats and trees in the middle of the Spreewald. Their research culminated in a two day festival of arts and sciences and featured multimedia installations, theatre performances and audio walks in the small village of Raddusch. Now, all these works, as well as the stories, ideas and impressions will be transported to Berlin with the very element that connects the Spreewald with the capital—the water of the river Spree

But what does it mean to bring these impressions and representations from one place to another? Whose stories are being heard and whose are being lost? Which possibilities exist beyond anthropocentric-storytelling to include more-than human actors?

In the installation ‘Flussgeschichten | River Stories’, artists from the fields of theater, sound and set design, as well as scientists from the research consortium Climate and Water under Change (CliWaC), Humboldt University Berlin (HU), the Technical University Berlin (TU) and the Free University Berlin (FU) continue exploring these questions, the river and all its dimensions.

It will feature works by Oliver Rossol, Jonas Dahm, Diane Barbé, Julia Ihls, Marius Probst, Klemens Czurda, Sven Bühler, Camila Ivana    Vargas Pardo, Omar Sherif, Desirée Hetzel, Zora Ritz, Patricia Usée, Steven Lehmann, Maximilian Grünewald and Pauline Münch. It is a cooperation of the theatre collective AnthroposExand the project AnthropoScenes and is funded by the Berlin University Alliance within the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments.


Please note: The installation is not wheelchair accessible. 

Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung

Lithium, back to the Earth

Lithium, often referred to as “white gold” is a fascinating element that originated from the Big Bang, making it one of the few metals, formed during that event. This rare element cannot survive in stars and is deposited in limited areas of the Earthʼs crust, giving it unique properties.

Lithium has undeniably become an indispensable component of our lives, playing a crucial role in energy production. Every day we carry about 3 grams of lithium from our cell phone battery in our pocket!

The current life cycle of lithium can be described as a linear chain, stretching from mining to use in technology. Lithium, back to the Earth aims to shed light on the necessity of transforming this linear chain into a circular one, where science can play a key role.

Dalia and Sara Morcillo transform the laboratory research work into an art installation by turning the “Tiny Gallery” into a lithium salt flat. This salt flat is composed of materials used in lithium batteries, which undergo chemical processes of salt crystallization that will naturally grow throughout the 10-days exhibition.

Fundación CHOCHO

The Alebrijes’ Journey

To celebrate the Day of the Death, “Día de Muertos”, we present the following exhibition “The Alebrijes’ Journey”, made up of imaginary companion characters for the emotional support of children and families facing childhood cancer.

“The Alebrijes’ Journey” (“El viaje de los alebrijes”), is a CHOCHO’s foundation project whose purpose is to bring emotional support to children, caregivers and family members that are going through terminal stage of childhood cancer.

For this project were chosen the Alebrijes of the 18th edition of the Zempaxochitl event, 2022 “Spiritual Roots”, created by the social service PCLEE (Production, Coordination and Logistics of Special Events) and the students of Professor Johanna Blanco, at the Department of Arts and Design of the UNAM.

These magical beings and Mexican folklore seek to become emotional companions that help through design and colors to face the fears in the transition of the loss or the recovery of health.

The exhibition “The Alebrijes’ Journey” aims to bring the viewer closer to the seductive world of 9 companion characters who desire to touch the hearts of young and elder to turn them into people capable of preserving and believing in the intangible

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, Technische Universität Berlin


How powerful are collections and archives? The exhibition “Power in/of Collections” delves into this inquiry, involving scholars from the Technical University, Humboldt University, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, and the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. 

Collections and archives are places, that (re)produce worldviews and influence society. They can emanate from hegemonic viewpoints and perspectives, or conversely, focus on marginalized artistic expressions or stories of resistance. Building upon the long history of conflicts concerning the politics of collecting, the exhibition scrutinizes the dynamic between museums, academic science, and additional forms of knowledge production such as artistic or activist endeavors. It delves into the subject matter through three chapters. In the section “Power of Archives,” the focus is on collections of material created by social movements and marginalized groups. Here, the emphasis is on the archive as a space of resistance, where histories are nurtured, documented, and remembered, giving rise to alternative narratives distinct from those found in larger museums. These institutions are addressed in the second section under the title the “Power of Collections”. How to deal with art collections that are built upon and reproduce social inequalities? What power structures can be identified within the artworks, catalogs, and museum databases? Can they be interpreted as archives of injustice? At the core of the third section, titled “Critical Art Practice,” are artists’ power-critical perspectives on institutions. This concerns the potential of artistic works to create counter-narratives and induce shifts in perspective.


The Cabinet of Microscopic Life: Dive into a Drop of Water

In the Cabinet of Microbes, a single drop of water becomes a cosmos of wonder. Microorganisms such as bacteria, algae, ciliates and fungi are tiny, but their importance is huge. They are the hidden architects of our ecosystems. They play a crucial role in purifying water, keeping nutrient cycles going, producing oxygen and are the basis of all life underwater – sometimes they are also toxic. Some aquatic microbes are true superheroes, able to survive in extreme environments, from hot springs to perpetual ice. Discover stories about the importance of these tiny creatures, researched at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin. Welcome to a 3D wonderland of microbes!

Organising Institutions

  1. Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB), Berlin, Germany
  2. Francisca Rocha Gonçalves / ICARUS / Ocean Soundscape Awareness (ØSAW)
  3. Laboratory for Innovation and Sustainability of Marine Biological Resources (ECOMARE), Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Kollektiv Lichtung

“Rekaviður – Driftwood, a Living Archive”

Artistic research project by Kollektiv Lichtung

Driftwood is omnipresent in Iceland’s history and culture. It plays a central role in the Nordic creation myth and was one of the most important resources for centuries, without which the island most probably could not have been settled permanently. Driftwood is a true globetrotter that hitchhikes with sea ice thousands of kilometres across the Arctic. The driftwood on Iceland’s coasts originates from boreal forests in Eurasia and North America and represents a living archive—during its travels it has logged detailed Arctic climate records since the end of the last ice age 12,000 years ago. But while old driftwood is still piling up on Icelandic beaches, new arrivals have decreased significantly over the past decades. A recent study concludes that due to predicted sea-ice loss under anthropogenic global warming Iceland’s driftwood supply will terminate by 2060. 


Project AURORA | Michael Baumann

A heliostat is a mirror following the course of the sun over the day. Arranged in large arrays, they help collect the light energy from the sunlight.

AURORA is a kinetic sculpture made of 40 mirrors, together forming the iconic shape of a sun. Each of the mirrors individually, as well as in groups or all as a whole, can be programmed to redirect sunlight to arbitrary targets; think of north facing facades, lower building levels, particular windows, balconies, courts, gardens, walkways, restaurants, etc.

At night, the same infrastructure switches its behaviour to perform stunning light shows, enable citizens to interact or visualise public data. Not least, project AURORA adds a glamorous new highlight to contemporary, emission free alternatives to conventional fireworks.

The object exhibited at BerlinScienceWeek is the prototype for a broader vision to greatly improve our human environments. By creating Art in Architecture, we begin harvesting real daylight also qualitatively, extending it to spaces and hours otherwise submerged to shadow.


Hidden Variables

What lies behind a single scientific breakthrough? A journey of trials and errors, ups and downs, successes and failures, and above all, an investment of time. At the intersection between art and science, a team of six dedicated quantum computing scientists come together to show you the hidden beauty within lost data and failed measurements – essential components in the pursuit of even the most subtle scientific insights.

RIFS - Research Institute for Sustainability Helmholtz Centre Potsdam

“To be of service”

Speculative millinery’s tiny worlds of consequence.

Climate crisis and biodiversity crisis are deeply entwined, overlapping, and co-shaping catastrophes. Both affect the multitude of lifeforms sharing and shaping the biosphere. And yet, in public perception, one seems to be overshadowed by the other.

In sustainability discourse, more-than-human life is often de-centered and limited to deliver ecosystem services: biodiversity is reduced to providing flows of human-centered services like food sustenance, recreation, or climate regulation.

“To be of service” takes the hat making (“millinery”) trade of the late nineteenth century, as a crucial starting point for environmental protection activities and public thinking about extinction. It showcases historical hats, interrogated by AI-based species recognition apps and developed further with hat makers and botanists, as speculative museum objects. They take up different moments in time when certain plant, fungus, or animal species were especially threatened.


Anthroposcenes, AnthroposEx, The Berlin Clusters of Excellence, Bad Boy of Science, Buddy Bear Berlin, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, drusnoise, Ensemble Salon Fähig, Falling Walls Engage, Falling Walls Foundation, futurehain, Galactic Developments, Gary Erskine, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, ICARUS, Jazz Institute Berlin, Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie, Kollektiv Lichtung, Leibniz Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei, Leibniz Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie, LGBTQ STEM Berlin, Lunacy Berlin, Ode – The Art of Training Decision Making, NCCR Spin, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Niconé, Paul Drude Institut für Festkörperelektronik, Phonoschrank, Pitt Rivers Museum, Prateep Beed, Projekt Kopfkino, Project AURORA, RIFS Potsdam, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Samantha Michelle, Schering Stiftung, Soapbox Science, Studio 512,, Technische Universität Berlin, unidad.salgan, Universität der Künste Berlin, Volkswagen Stiftung, Witch’n’Monk, and WZB Berlin Social Science Center.

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