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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.

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.

Appointment procedure for filling the W3 endowed professorship “Theory and Practice of Curation”

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

Friday, 09 October 2020, video conference
08.30 a.m. Candidate 3 Cancelled!
10.00 a.m. Candidate 4
11.30 a.m. Candidate 5
14.00 p.m. Candidate 6

Funded by:


and Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien


New publication: Companion volume to the exhibition by Oliver Thie

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

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