Berlin has a rich history of creative and scientific discovery, including the work of Rudolf Virchow, who coined the term zoonosis, and Robert Koch and Ferdinand Julius Cohn, who co-founded modern bacteriology. It has also been subjected to outbreaks of epidemics and viruses, such as influenza, which have shaped the city.
As part of Contagious Cities, multimedia artist Sybille Neumeyer has created an artistic walk that traces stories of influenza, pandemics and viruses in and around Berlin’s Museum für Naturkunde.
In dialogue with scientists and experts, she explores the many ‘voices’ of viruses, by searching for and listening to both living and inanimate agents. On her narrative cartography, she draws together historical, cultural, medical and social events.
The walks will start at the Museum für Naturkunde in May 2019. A free map is available at the Berlin Museum of Medical History at the Charité, the Robert Koch Institute and Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. The film will be on show at the Robert Koch Institute.
Contagious Cities is a collaborative exploration of microbes, migration and the metropolis.Find out more