Schering Stiftung


HUM – The Art of Collecting

HUM – The Art of Collecting


February 28, 2008, 8–10 p.m.

Collecting and classifying defines the daily routine at the Museum of Natural History. Here, in the non-public research collections, the diversity of nature becomes tangible: Thousands of birds, crabs, spiders, snakes, fossils are being collected, labelled and categorized. Comprising more than 30 million specimens, the Berlin collection is one of the world’s largest. HUM – The Art of Collecting, an artistic and documentary portrait of the museum created by and starring its scientists, uses texts, spaces, sounds, objects and scenes to tell of a world contained in shelves and specimen jars, of our human passion for collecting and of the power of our love of order: taxomania.

A course in three acts leads visitors through an enormous labyrinth representing the diversity of nature, simultaneously transforming the halls of the research collections into a labyrinth signifying the utopia of knowledge. The scenes of the three-act play are composed of the many different languages of art: concerts, installations, performances, etc.


A taxomanic course through the research collections of the Museum of Natural History of the Humboldt University of Berlin

by and with Julian Klein / a rose is, curators of the Museum of Natural History, and guests

On the occasion of the première on February 28, 2008, a catalogue will be available, which will include texts about the HUM Symposion on November 23-24, 2007, interview excerpts as well as texts and images of scenes of the course.

For further information, please see the press release.

Flyer as pdf file

Museum of Natural History of the Humboldt University of Berlin
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin

KlangQuadrat – büro für kunst :: musik
Manteuffelstraße 77
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Phone: +49 (0)30 695 67 897

Tickets: 18€, (discounted tickets: 10€)
Ticket sale/reservation:
Berliner Festspiele, Ticket Office, Schaperstraße 24, 10719 Berlin
By phone: +49 (0)30 254 89-100
Museum of Natural History, Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin

The course is not accessible by wheelchair.

Project partners:
A production of KlangQuadrat – büro für kunst :: musik in cooperation with the Berlin Museum of Natural History and MaerzMusik | Berliner Festspiele, with the support of Electronic Music Studio of the Technical University of Berlin, klangzeitort, and Verein junger Freiwilliger
Media partner: Tagesspiegel


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