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Research // Background

“Art, Design and Science” – The history of the research area SCI.VI.

The cooperation between ocean scientists and artists/designers has comprised in particular the comprehensive approach and realization of exhibitions for different occasions, as well as the development of a visual appearance which represented the Cluster adequately in the first phase (2006-2011) of the Cluster of Excellence ”The Future Ocean“.
The tasks included, among others, exhibitions in the Deutsche Museum München (German museum Munich) and in the Paul-Löbe-Haus (Paul Löbe house), the development of the corporate design and the official homepage of the Cluster, diverse print products, films, interactive games, as well as analogue and digital exhibits. In this way the appearance of the Cluster has been decisively shaped and scientific activities have been prepared and made accessible for different kinds of public spheres. These activities were primarily initiated and coordinated by the professors and Cluster members Manfred Schulz (scenography and installations), Stephan Sachs (film) and Tim Duscher (corporate design and interactive media)and realized in cooperation with students of the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and the Public Outreach Office. Through these activities it became apparent that the continuation of teaching, the dialogue with scientists and research targeted at studying artistic forms of expression for the transfer and illustration of scientific topics should become future research tasks of the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts.”

For the second research phase (2011-2017) the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts applied for its own research project, on the one hand, to study the socio-cultural aspects of a sustainable use of the ocean (R1, Our Common Future Ocean), on the other hand, to study and promote the dialogue between science and art. The aim of the current cooperation is to conceptualize a new approach to the heterogeneous field of knowledge transfer in the sciences and to systematically study different artistic-creative phenomena (such as, e.g. visualizations, auditory installations, interactive projections, performance installations, scenographic interior design and exhibitions).
In order to expand research and teaching in the area science communication and visualization, to develop new and innovative formats of knowledge transfer of science and initiate further projects, the two newly established positions of a scientific researcher and an artist researcher, established in the second research phase in October 2013, were filled by Sebastian W. Hoggenmüller (sociologist) and Michel Magens (information designer).

First Cooperation with the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”

Exhibition organizers, communication designers and researchers are jointly developing interactive and multimedia exhibits, for example, in the research areas sustainable fisheries, ocean acidification and ocean observation. The exhibition modules are created in collaboration with the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design and the Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. Meanwhile they are being exhibited in different museums, such as the Zoological Museum in Kiel, the International Maritime Museum in Hamburg and at numerous international and nationwide events in Germany. Up to now, several hundred visitors have gotten insight into the exciting area of marine research and the topics of the Kiel’s marine science.

Anniversary of German reunification 2006 in Kiel, Halle 400

The research network “The Future Ocean” presented here a new experience-oriented exhibition about the diverse research institutions located in Kiel. The exhibition was opened as a key part of the festivities for the German Unity Day in Kiel on the 2nd of October at 13 o’ clock. The complex interactions of the ocean systems were depicted in the atmosphere of a staged underwater world. Interactive screen presentations offered visitors the possibility to dive into the exciting topic of the oceans and their future.

The exhibition at the German museum, Munich

On the 24th March, 2010, the special exhibit “The Future Ocean” opened in the Centre for New Technologies in the German Museum in Munich and was shown daily from 9am-17pm until the end of August 2010. On an exhibition area of about 300m² with dark exhibition design and further exhibits, Kiel’s Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” showed what impact the oceans have on climate and the earth and which opportunities and risks the ocean presents.