On 08.06.2021 the election for the Council of the Central Institute “Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik” will take place. Further information about the procedure, deadlines and how to apply for absentee ballots can be found in the Election Notice HZK (PDF in German).
Opening hours polling station at the HZK: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Gerlachbau – Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum
Philippstr. 13, Haus 3
The way to the Kurssaal is signposted. Voters who cannot enter the building with a key card can use the house bell/intercom system (“Kurssaal”) to gain entry.
The local election committee can be reached by telephone all day on 030 2093 12879.
with the relaxation of the Infection Protection Act (Infektionsschutzgesetz) announced at the beginning of March 2021, cultural institutions are gradually reopening to the public. We too are eagerly awaiting the relaunch of our exhibition and event programme, and we deeply miss your presence.
So why does the TA T remain closed?
As an institution of the Humboldt-Universität, we are subject to the rules agreed between the Berlin Senate Chancellery for Science and Research (Senatskanzlei für Wissenschaft und Forschung) and Berlin’s universities. This means that work at Humboldt-Universität will continue under limited conditions and our properties will not be accessible to the public. I would like to emphasise that we are not hiding behind this decision, but are fully committed to it. There are several reasons for this. The scientific assessment of the course of the pandemic has so far been very correct with forecasts and there are many indications that the fact-based warnings from the scientific community against too rapid relaxation are absolutely justified. In this situation, it is still appropriate to wait with reopening – for the protection of staff and the public. Don’t get me wrong: I believe that the cultural sector and the public engagement it facilitates with science, among other things, are indispensable to life and of systemic importance. A closure of the institutions is an economic catastrophe for many people who make a living from it – and much better political measures are needed here, but also solidarity from all of us. However, closed museums, theatres and clubs are not the end of culture. Instead, we must use this time to develop other forms of mediation and encounter that will be important in the future. This is exactly what we, like many other institutions, are doing behind the scenes right now.
When we open the TA T for you again in spring or summer, there will not be visible changes in the building, but we will also be more present online with guided tours and events. This will require personnel, financial and technical changes and, not least, curatorial innovations. The first steps can already be seen. Linked on the TA T homepage, you will find the virtual “TA Tour” developed by the Cluster of Excellence “Matters of Activity” – an augmented reality experience of the historic building. On Instagram, we offer live, short tours of special details of the building and exhibitions that have otherwise remained hidden. So I am pleased that we will be able to share our work with you in various ways in the future.
Deviations from these dates will be agreed in the committee.
In case of special urgency, additional dates will be convened by the Director, if necessary.
The invitation, including the agenda and preparatory documents, is issued seven days before the start of each meeting.
Meeting dates and agendas are announced publicly.
Technical image censorship is omnipresent and invisible at the same time. Content moderation in social media and automatic deletions by algorithms create a new kind of association of human and non-human actors that trigger shifts in image ethics and jurisprudence in the field of visibility. Whereas traditional institutions of censorship regulated the sphere of action of dangerous images through legal and religious norms, today it is automated mechanisms controlled by international corporations that govern socio-technical scripts of image deletion. In the public sphere of technical image worlds, visibility markers of deletion – such as censor bars or pixelation – are being replaced by upload filters, content moderators or deepfakes. In this experimental phase of digital modernity, it is once again being renegotiated in technical, social, juridical and image-theoretical terms which images circulate in the data stream, disappear from view or never reach the light of day.
Elections to the Academic Senate/Concil and other committees at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin will take place on January 12, 2021.
It is possible to vote by postal vote.
Postal ballot documents can be requested until 14.12.2020, 15:00 pm, from the local election committee responsible (https://gremien.hu-berlin.de/de/wahlen/oertliche-wahlvorstaende), in writing or by e-mail. Please note that the e-mail must be sent via the personal university e-mail account and electronically signed with a soft certificate issued by the university. As an alternative to the electronic signature using a soft certificate, you can attach an electronic copy of the signed postal vote application to your e-mail (personal university account).
You can find a form to request the postal vote documents at: https://gremien.hu-berlin.de/de/wahlen/formulare/Antrag_Briefwahl.pdf
Further information on the committee elections can be obtained at https://gremien.hu-berlin.de/de/wahlen/ or from your local election committee. The local election committees also provide information about any further elections at decentralized level.
Like all Berlin museums, the Tieranatomisches Theater has been temporarily closed since November 02, 2020. This measure should help to keep the spread of the coronavirus as low as possible.
The decision of the Berlin Senate (Infektionsschutzverordnung) to close the museums is expected to remain in effect until 30 November 2020.
Invitation to the trial lectures as part of the appointment procedure for the W3- Endowed Professorship for “Theory and Practice of Curation”
The trial lectures are held via video conference for the university public and the members of the Stiftung Humboldt Forumand are each divided into a 30-minute presentation (self-selected thematic focus and presentation of an exhibition concept for the Humboldt Forum) and a 20-minute public discussion. The professorship will be appointed at the Faculty of Cultural, Social and Educational Sciences and the Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik (double affiliation).
Thursday, October 08, 2020, video conference 08.30 a.m. Candidate 1 10.00 a.m. Candidate 2
On the occasion of the exhibition Oliver Thie: Die Wahrheit über den Ursprung der Welt a companion volume has been published.
For over two hundred years, a collection of inconspicuous gray basalt boulders has been stored in Berlin’s Museum für Naturkunde. They are evidence of a heated controversy in the 18th century about the origin of the earth, the so-called basalt controversy. Oliver Thie has artistically researched them in an interdisciplinary dialogue with scientists from the Humboldt University and the Museum of Natural History. By combining recording techniques of historical measuring instruments with shadow projections, Oliver Thie developed his very own pictorial method for fixing shadow images, a kind of “drawing excavation” in which the shadows of the stones are worked out of paper covered with soot. The contributions by Claudia Blümle, Angela Strauß, and Felix Sattler collected in this volume contextualize Oliver Thie’s work in terms of art history, the history of science, and museum studies. The illustrated book is published on the occasion of the exhibition Oliver Thie: The Truth about the Origin of the World at the Tieranatomisches Theater, October 1 – December 30, 2020.
Sattler, Felix and Oliver Thie (eds.): Oliver Thie: Die Wahrheit über den Ursprung der Welt With contributions by Claudia Blüme, Angela Strauß and Felix Sattler Publication date: October 1, 2020. Berlin: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 44 pages, in full colour, Cover silkscreen printing with lampblack on glassine 1st edition 800 copies
In the course of a ‚material turn‘ the role of the scientific collection expands. The Temporary Object Lab was an interdisciplinary workspace that brought together individuals of from the worlds of science and art in order to jointly conduct research on collection objects.. This pilot project combined a public collection depot, an atelier and an exhibition. The participants engaged in workshops, participatory reconstructions and teaching events. This publication presents their workshop reports and manifestos.
Edited by Oliver Thie
With texts by Jochen Hennig, Felix Sattler, Sebastian Döring, Angela Strauß and Oliver Thie
CLOU – Cluster Letters of Understanding
The project is jointly managed by the Humboldt-Universität, Freie Universität and Charité, but refers to partners of the Berlin University Alliance. The aim is to evaluate IT systems and digital strategies, taking into account different perspectives of scientific use, networking and cataloguing of collections, as well as subject-specific needs. Case studies on collections, usage and digitization scenarios will be used to develop recommendations for action that will serve as the basis for a sustainable collection infrastructure for Berlin’s universities.
In addition, the overarching and transdisciplinary approach and strategic orientation is supported by an expert advisory board.
„Digitales Netzwerk Sammlungen“ is a component of the „Sharing Resources“ workspace of the Berlin University Alliance. Access to excellent infrastructure is a decisive competitive factor in promoting research and recruiting outstanding scholars and scientists. The goal is to make the best possible use of existing resources and to be able to plan new projects jointly and thus more efficiently. Collections are seen as part of the complex research infrastructure, which should be transparent and accessible to the four partners.
More than 90 scientific, partly unique collections are known at Berlin’s universities. University collections were and are created in the context of scientific research or as a basis for teaching. In some subjects they form a central basis for research; in their diversity they are the basis for subject history, history of science and culture, object and collection research. The Berlin collections are mainly housed in the institutes, which favors close integration into teaching and research. The networking of the collections is still comparatively weak and poorly organized, which currently makes it difficult to use them.
A good, centralized record facilitates and enables provenance research, cooperation in teaching, scientific cooperation, exhibitions and citizen science projects. At the same time, such a system is a challenging task due to the large number of requirements and the interdisciplinary nature of the work. The aim of the study is to develop and evaluate a concept over a period of 19 months that will open up the collections as a scientific resource and at the same time support the needs of the Berlin collections.