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Art meets Science – Thinking in Pictures

Art meets Science – Thinking in Pictures

Jens Harder, cover excerpt from

Jens Harder, cover excerpt from "Alpha: Directions", Carlsen 2010.
Photo: Jens Harder©Carlsen

Jens Harder, excerpt from

Jens Harder, excerpt from "Beta...civilsations: Part 1", Carlsen 2014.
Photo: Jens Harder©Carlsen

Hannah Monyer and Jens Harder

Hybrid Encounters. Art meets Science – Thinking in Pictures

Hannah Monyer and Jens Harder

Hybrid Encounters. Art meets Science – Thinking in Pictures


June 12, 2019, 7–9 p.m.


Lichthof, TU Berlin
TU Berlin
Straße des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin

Free Admission.

Talks are given in German language.

For thirty years the renowned brain researcher Hannah Monyer has been researching different aspects of the phenomenon of memory. On June 12 she will meet Jens Harder in the Lichthof of the Technische Universität Berlin. The comic artist is currently working on one of four planned volumes of his illustrated history of evolution. Two volumes have already been released containing over 4000 images on more than 700 pages. The two protagonists are quite open to the respective other discipline: the neurobiologist’s doctoral dissertation focused in part on the author Marcel Proust, and Jens Harder has been exploring various scientific fields with a knowledge-based approach for many years. Yet sequential art is as new to Hannah Monyer as the workings of human memory are to Jens Harder. For this reason the event promises to be full of surprises, as both participants explore the enriching facets of the other discipline and take a closer look at specific aspects of artistic and neuronal perception.

From a neuroscientific perspective, does it make a difference whether we acquire knowledge by reading texts or by viewing illustrated stories? Are images able to elicit different types of chains of associations? How does the author playfully utilize abstraction and what influence does this have on memory formation? What limitations are there to an abbreviated depiction of time from both an artistic and a neuroscientific perspective? The conversation will examine these and other issues. In the course of the event impressions of Jens Harder’s work will be presented and discussed.

This is the fourth and final event of the “Hybrid Encounters” series organized by the Hybrid Plattform (an initiative of TU Berlin and UdK Berlin) and the Schering Stiftung. Hybrid Encounters initiates a dialogue between science and art. First-rate international quests from the realms of art and science encounter personalities whose artistic or scientific activities complement their own background.

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Im Gespräch 

Hannah Monyer is Medical Director of the Neurobiology Clinic in Heidelberg and researcher at the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum). She has received numerous awards and distinctions for her work, including the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize. The neurobiologist researches molecular mechanisms that trigger and influence synchronous neuronal network activities. The results of her work are thus focused on such cognitive processes as learning and memory.


Jens Harder is a comic artist and illustrator. He is well known for his monumental comic book series, whose planned several volumes describe the history of evolution. For Alpha: Directions and Beta ... Civilisations Volume I he has received numerous national and international awards. He is currently working on the third part Beta ... Civilisations Volume II, which is scheduled to be released next year. In this trilogy he goes far beyond mere scientific illustration, utilizing a broad spectrum of cultural references and providing space for religion and myths within the scientific narrative.



The format »Hybrid Encounters« are organized and realized by Hybrid Plattform – a project platform of the Universität der Künste Berlin and the Technische Universität Berlin – and Ernst Schering Fondation.

Hybrid Plattform
Universität der Künste Berlin
Technische Universität Berlin

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