Where One Takes the Human Factor into Account

EXHIBITION OPENING : 11.01. - 28.03.2024

We often encounter art and science as two distinct and clearly separate spheres. How much sense does this separation make? And does it really

exist at all?

With the Renaissance, the world view shifted towards anthropocentrism. Following the example of antiquity, humanism placed the humans at the centre – they became the measure of all things. This development continues to strongly influence us and has an impact on many areas of
society, including art and science.

The ZiF cooperation group “Volcanoes, Climate and History”, led by Prof. Dr. Ulf Büntgen (Cambridge University), has been researching the possible effects of volcanic eruptions on climate, environment and society at ZiF since 2021. Archaeologists, historians, climate scientists, palaeoscientists and a volcanologist discuss this in regular workshops together with other experts.

A special feature of the research group is the participation of artist Anna Guðjónsdóttir, who grew up in Iceland and has experienced a close proximity to volcanoes. During the workshops, she repeatedly conducted artistic experiments with the scientists and enriched their perspectives

Within the group and in the workshops, curiosity and openness towards different perspectives and approaches always play a central role in the search for new and positive contemporary possibilities for human action.

With the exhibition Curiosity Unbound, the members of the “Volcanoes, Climate and History” group are exploring this boundless curiosity under the artistic direction of Anna Guðjónsdóttir. A dialogue between the fellows becomes visible in which the independent, the personal, meets
scientific and artistic thought.

The exhibition will open with a vernissage on 11 January 2024 at 19:30.