Berlin: mapping mutations, migrations and transformations

Berlin has a rich history of scientific discovery, including the work of Robert Koch, who founded modern bacteriology. It has also been subjected to outbreaks of viruses, such as influenza, which have shaped the way the city faces contagion.

As part of Contagious Cities, multimedia artist Sybille Neumeyer helps us discover histories of contagion in Berlin.   

In dialogue with scientists and experts from the Robert Koch Institute, Charité and Museum für Naturkunde, she explores the many ‘voices’ of viruses, by searching for and listening to both living and inanimate agents.  

Sybille will create an artistic map and a walk between historic and scientifically-relevant sites. The walks will invite the audience to shift between different viewpoints on disease, including that of vectors which carry the virus, host organisms, environmental and political actors, as well the virus itself.

The walks will start at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin from May 2019.  

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