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Resonance Room as part of the exhibition YOYI! Care, Repair, Heal at the Gropius Bau

The Resonance Room shares local knowledge and experiences of mental health in Berlin.

Since September 2021, a number of projects have developed that question the understanding of and approach to mental health in this city: How do individual health and society interact? How does history affect the present? What forms of care, solidarity and community are designed and practised in urban society?

The resonance of different voices from the neighbourhood, academia and civic society can be experienced here. As a meeting place, the Resonance Room gathers these voices and engages them in dialogue.

The Resonance Room was developed by Dr. Margareta von Oswald, Mindscapes Curatorial Research Fellow (HZK, CARMAH, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Diana Mammana, Project Manager Neighborhood Exchange at the Gropius Bau.

Mindscapes is Wellcome’s international cultural program on mental health.

Sound Archive: Relocation to the Humboldt Forum

In 2022, the Sound Archive is to move completely into the Humboldt Forum as the only university collection of the Humboldt Universität. Alongside the Humboldt Labor as a flexible exhibition and event venue, it will thus form the HU’s second pillar in the Humboldt Forum.

The plan is to set up a research center that will provide a variety of access points to the recordings. Of course, the integration of the Sound Archive into teaching is to be continued and the collection will continue to be available for external activities.

The Phonogrammarchiv of the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin, which is connected to the Sound Archive through the recording activities of the Phonographic Commission in prisoner-of-war camps of the First World War, will also find its new home in the Humboldt Forum. It will thus be much easier in the future to relate the holdings of the Sound Archive and the Ethnological Museum to each other in research, teaching and cultural activities.

No separate public presentation area is planned for the Sound Archive. Rather, it is planned to cooperate with the exhibition of the State of Berlin in the Humboldt Forum as well as with the ethnomusicology exhibition area of the Ethnological Museum.

HZK reference library open again

With the beginning of the winter semester 2021/2022, the reference library of the HZK opens its doors again.

The library is open to the public weekly on Thursdays from 10 am to 4 pm.

The reference library of the HZK is located in the Kurssaal of the Gerlach Building on the North Campus of Humboldt-Universität (Philippstraße 13 – House 3) and focuses on publications on the topics of “Collecting” and “Exhibiting”.

To make an appointment for a visit, please contact Daria Kanishcheva.

Election to the Council of the Central Institute „Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik“

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
Campus Nord
Philippstr. 13, Haus 3
10115 Berlin-Mitte

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.

The Tieranatomisches Theater will remain closed (after 12.3.2021)

Dear visitors of the Tieranatomisches Theater,

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.

Kind regards, Yours

Felix Sattler
Head TA T, Curator

The dates for the meetings of the HZK Zentrumsrat 2021

The dates for the 2021 HZK Zentrumsrat meetings are:

24.03.2021, 3-5 p.m. – Agenda (PDF)
02.06.2021, 3-5 p.m.
08.09.2021, 3-5 p.m.
01.12.2021, 3-5 p.m.

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.

New publication in the series “Bildwelten des Wissens”

Bildwelten des Wissens – Volume 16.
Bildzensur. Löschung technischer Bilder.

Edited by Katja Müller-Helle.

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.

ePub – Open Access – Bildzensur. Löschung technischer Bilder (PDF)
© 2020 Katja Müller-Helle, Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Munich/Boston 2020
This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.
eISBN: 9783110715293

Elections to the committees at HU Berlin 2021

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 (, 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:

The nominations for the election to the AS/Concil can be viewed here:

Further information on the committee elections can be obtained at or from your local election committee. The local election committees also provide information about any further elections at decentralized level.