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Participants of SYNAPSE – The International Curators’ Network in September 2011.

© Photography by Dante Busquets

The year 2011 wrapped up the first year of SYNAPSE – The International Curators’ Network at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. In keeping with SYNAPSE’s specific focus on interactions between science and art, SYNAPSE’s theme for 2011was Artistic and Scientific Research.

What does art – and its presentation – have in common with scientific research, and what relationship do art and curatorial practices have with forms of research? More generally, what can curators take from scientific topics and methods? After selecting 18 curators and a two-person curatorial collective, SYNAPSE held its biannual workshop from September 7-10, 2011 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin (concurrently with Asia-Pacific Weeks 2011).

The workshop featured talks by Ariel Guzik (Artist, Mexico City) and Osvaldo Sánchez (Director, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City), a lecture by Prof. Dr. Charlotte Klonk (History of Art Department/Humboldt Universität Berlin) on the construction of ‘vision’ in a museum context, a discussion between Christoph Keller (Artist, Berlin) and Daniela Wolf (SYNAPSE/Haus der Kulturen der Welt) about cosmology and consciousness, a talk on creativity and neuroscience by Prof. Dr. Ernst Pöppel (Institute of Medical Psychology/ Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich), as well as further discussions by Brandon LaBelle (Artist, Berlin), Dr. Adele Tan (Writer and curator, Singapore), and Prof. Dr. Bernd Scherer (Director, Haus der Kulturen der Welt). This year, SYNAPSE has as a thematic starting point the “Anthropocene” (or recent age of Man), all while maintaining its focus on links between the arts and sciences. SYNAPSE’s next workshop will be held from April 23-27, 2013 and will coincide with Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s “The Anthropocene Project” (2013-2014).

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A project in cooperation with the 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art 2011.

A project in cooperation with Ernst Schering Foundation

The Asia-Pacific-Weeks(APW), an initiative by the Mayor of Berlin, have been taking place every two years since 1997.

The Asia-Pacific Weeks are kindly supported by the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin.