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WUNDERKAMMER II: Die Träume des Alexander von Humboldt

A sound and smell journey to Mexico

The adaption of the second episode of the WUNDERKAMMER series invites you to experiment with your own imagination: Where do words, music and smells take us when we close our eyes and follow the traces of the Mexico trip (1804) of the great Berlin explorer through “the most beautiful country in the world”?

In this WUNDERKAMMER, Mexico stands as an example for the experience of the world and the way Alexander von Humboldt approached it. Thus he not only tells of a fascinating country and its people, but also of how everything is connected with everything else: Man and animal, objective world and subjective echo, man and cosmos. Humboldt’s diaries, essays and statements about him by contemporaries tell of his turned curiosity and openness, of respect and empathy for everything he found. But what Humboldt did not bring back from his research trip were music and scents.

Thus we take Humboldt’s open, empathetic gaze – which is decidedly distinct from the colonial thinking of his time – as a compass for an inner journey through our senses of hearing and smell. The composer and singer Diana Syrse, who was born in Mexico City, and the soprano Ana Schwedhelm, who grew up in Mexico, lead us on the traces of the expedition to four regions and cities of Mexico at that time and specifically today – using their voices, pre-Hispanic instruments, objects and electronic music – while the neuroscientist and olfactory artist Anna D’Errico provides special scents and smells in connection with plants and flowers “discovered” by Humboldt.

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The Wunderkammer II takes place in a special ambience: in the Kiezkapelle at Neuer St. Jacobi Friedhof.

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Directions Kiez-Kapelle:
Neuer St. Jacobi Friedhof
Hermannstraße 99-102
12051 Berlin
S+U Hermannstraße


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