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 created an artistic walk that traced stories of influenza, pandemics and viruses in and around Berlin’s Museum für Naturkunde.
In dialogue with scientists and experts, she explored the many ‘voices’ of viruses, by searching for and listening to both living and inanimate agents. On her narrative cartography, she drew together historical, cultural, medical and social events.
Contagious Cities is a collaborative exploration of microbes, migration and the metropolis.
The project ran from September 2018 to September 2019.Find out more