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Wunderkammer III: Pilze

Why we are no individuals

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In the autumn princess garden we meet fascinating creatures. They make us wonder, sing, and see the world differently. Whatever you thought about mushrooms: Mushrooms and people are an inseparable team. They are everywhere, in, around and between us. They keep us alive, break down pollutants in the atmosphere, change animal and plant behavior, and influence how we humans feel and think. What’s more, fungi and especially mycelia, their underground network of filamentous extensions, reveal fascinating patterns of intelligence, communication and organization – including the fact that we are not individuals in the classical sense of the word. Inspirations for meeting the challenges of our time?

But mushroom structures also have much to do with music. A polyphonic music – polyphony – is thereby something like a mirror, an experience of the networks and labyrinths of the mushrooms in the audible. On this evening we will listen to polyphonic music by Monteverdi, Bach and Piazzolla, among others, and we will sing ourselves – an experience of the world in its sensually audible image. Music connects, like microorganisms and fungal structures connect humans, animals and plants. With the fungus expert, microbiologist and artist Vera Meyer, the expert for swarm and other forms of organization Jens Krause and musicians*innen we go on a journey through gardens, Kiezkapelle and cemetery, become even part of structures and a music, which is over simple canons to complex polyphony sensual reflections of the experience.

The event will take place in the Prinzessinnengärten and in the Kiezkapelle at the New St. Jacobi Cemetery (Hermannstraße 99-105, 12051 Berlin | S+U Hermannstraße).


Prof. Dr. Vera Meyer, microbiologist (TU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Jens Krause (HU Berlin) and the musicians* Markus Syperek (musical direction), Leonardo von Papp (percussion), Hrund Ósk Árnadóttir (vocals) with music from Monteverdi to the present.

Conception and moderation
Bernhard Glocksin

Conception and set design
Sabrina Rossetto

Video animation
Vittorio Biscaro

The event is part of the WUNDERKAMMER series.

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