Art, Science & Society – The artsprogram of the Zeppelin University

Karen van den Berg, Ulrike Shepherd / Zeppelin University

Artistic practices devise distinctive forms of reflection on the world. As a sensual- aesthetic mode of research, they contribute to society’s production of knowledge and insight. Established in 2004, ZU’s artsprogram is a pilot project that builds new bridges between the arts, academia, and society. With exhibitions, interventions, performances, festivals and the design of the university itself, artistic modes of thinking and acting become part of academic teaching, research and campus life. Marcos Chaves, Rainer Ganahl, Irene Hohenbüchler, Alfredo Jaar, Forensic Architecture, Dan Perjovschi, Ariel Reichman, and raumlaborberlin have been among the artists who have participated in the program.

After seventeen years of successful collaboration with internationally renowned artists, scientists, and art institutions, the book Art, Science & Society. The artsprogram of the Zeppelin University recapitulates the program’s seminal endeavors in essays and interviews and presents selected works, projects, and events that exemplify the program’s pioneering spirit. With contributions by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Philipp Kleinmichel, Joachim Landkammer, Pierre Guillet de Monthoux, Benita-Immanuel Grosser, Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen, Ulrike Shepherd, Karen van den Berg, and Carlotta Wald, the book inspires with ideas on how art can enrich educational institutions, cultural institutions, and scientific disciplines in a durable way in an increasingly complex present.

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