Schering Stiftung


Agnes Meyer-Brandis

Agnes Meyer-Brandis
Photo: Ulla Taipale

Otavio Schipper

Otavio Schipper
Photo: Cris Komesu

Sergio Krakowski

Sergio Krakowski
Photo: Aline Müller


Exhibition by Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Sergio Krakowski and Otavio Shipper


Exhibition by Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Sergio Krakowski and Otavio Shipper


September 12 – October 12, 2018

Exhibition opening:

Tuesday, 11. September 2018, 1:30–3 p.m.

Opening hours:

all day long


MPI Campus Potsdam-Golm
Am Mühlenberg 1
14476 Potsdam

For more information see the project’s website:

On the occasion of the Max Planck Day, KLAS artists-in-residence Otavio Schipper/Sergio Krakowski and Agnes Meyer-Brandis will present the works developed throughout their residency at the interface of Synthetic Biology.

One year has gone by already since the KLAS awardees spent time at the labs of Dr. Tom Robinson (Biomicrofluidic Systems), Dr. Arren Bar-Even (Systems and Synthetic Metabolism), Dr. Alex de Vries (Molecular Dynamics) and Prof. Jan Kok (Molecular Genetics). It is now time for the artists to show what piqued their curiosity and how they shape this knowledge, imagination and vision.

Agnes Meyer-Brandis explores the fragile border and tension between fact and fiction. Throughout her residency she will investigate how trees can walk to escape climate change.

Fascinated by the history of objects and memory as much as the concept of communication and coding, the Brazilian duo Otavio Schipper/Sergio
Krakowski explore the origins of life at the crossroad of the novelty of science and the tradition of collective memory.

Come visit the artists on the Opening day on September 11, 2018, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the MPI Campus Potsdam-Golm. The exhibition will be on view until October 12, 2018.

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The resulting works 

Microfluid Oracle Chip & Autopoesis Answering Machine - a multi channel video installation and microfluidic machinery by Agnes Meyer-Brandis

The film can be seen here.

By reinterpreting the myth through a combination of scientific footage of microscopic organisms, bacteria and molecules, Schipper draws comparisons between these tiny, fungible building blocks of life and matter and the mythology of the Golem. Faint echoes of zeros and ones, the basis of computer code, provide a soundtrack to the video.

Otavio Schipper & Sergio Krakowski’s work ‘Golem’ will be shown at the Shin Gallery in New York.


The residency program 

The decision for the participating artists has been made. Otavio Schipper/Sergio Krakowski and Agnes Meyer-Brandis.

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Event — January 31, 2017

The Max Planck Institutes of Molecular Plant Physiology and of Colloids and Interfaces have established the international artist-in-residence program “Knowledge Link through Art and Science” (KLAS).

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Knowledge Link through Art and Science (KLAS) is an Artist-in-Residence program of the Max Planck Society. KLAS fosters ArtSci exchange and transdisciplinary innovation and education whilst also establishing a link between Synthetic Biology research groups of two research institutions - Rijksuniversiteit Groningen [RuG] and two Max Planck Institutes [MPIKG & MPIMP]. KLAS is funded by the Max Planck Society and the Schering Stiftung and organized by Polyhedra.

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen


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