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Marcus Ahlers | Meral Alma | Tinka Bechert | Dr. Alexander Becker | Till Bödeker | Hugo Boguslawski | Ralf Borlinghaus | Dr. Gerhard Daum | Irene Daum | Sonja Frenzel | Karl Otto Götz † | Anna Lena Grau | Swaantje Güntzel | Barbara Herbert | Volker Hermes | Cordula Hesselbarth | Fernand Hörner | Dr. Bernhard Jansen | Dr. Anna-Sophie Jürgens | Ryo Kato | Angela Krewani | Mischa Kuball | Philipp Lachenmann | Christina Landbrecht | Stefan Majetschak | malatsion | Walther Müller-Jentsch | Moritz Niehues | Stefan Oehm | Detlev van Ravenswaay | Rissa | Thomas Schönauer | Prof. Dr. Markus Schrenk | Ira Seidenstein | Helmut Schweizer | Prof. Dr. Peter Tepe | Linda Walther | Brigitta Weimer

Marcus Ahlers, M.F.A.

Visual artist

Marcus Ahlers was born in the United States. His work as a visual artist is strongly characterized by the influence of two study paths. He achieved a master’s degree of Fine Arts at Maryland Institute College of Art with an emphasis on sculpture. Receiving a Fullbright scholarship, he moved to Berlin in 2002. In 2013, he acquired another Bachelor of Science degree in energy and process engineering at Technical University of Berlin. There, he is currently enrolled for the master’s study program of energy systems for buildings. The concept of system and the related investigation of human existence as a dynamic manifestation of energy and information is the starting point for his research. His interdisciplinary interests are expressed in his artistic work, integrating technical as well as philosophical aspects and analyzing the topics of perception as well as the relationship between human beings and the environment, among others.

Meral Alma, M.A.

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Prof. Dr. Alexander Becker

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Tinka Bechert

Visaul artist

Tinka Bechert (* 1975 in Berlin) is a visual artist living in Berlin and Ireland who, in addition to painting, has also realised ambitious science projects with the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg. Her works are represented in numerous international collections such as the Staatsbibliothek Berlin, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Tate Britain in London.

Triangulations. Ein Ausstellungs- und Forschungsprojekt. In: H. Parzinger / S. Aue / G. Stock (Hrsg.): ArteFakte. Wissen ist Kunst – Kunst ist Wissen. Reflexionen und Praktiken wissenschaftlich-künstlerischer Begegnungen. Transcript Verlag, 2014, S. 149−172.Von Malerei und anderen Abenteuern. 2003–2013. ArtinFlow Verlag, 2013.Triangulations. Eine Ausstellung. In: V. M. Lepper / I. Hafemann (Hrsg.): Karl Richard Lepsius, Der Begründer der deutschen Ägyptologie, Kadmos Kulturverlag, 2012, S. 211−252.Eine Spur im Strom. Künstlerbuch. Lim. Auflage von 50 Exemplaren. Quetsche Verlag, 2011.Chinamesser. Künstlerbuch. Limited Edition of 100. Ed. Mariannenpresse, 2005.

Till Bödeker

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Hugo Boguslawski

Visual artist

Born in Gelsenkirchen in 1970.

1991–2001: Studied art at Münster Art Academy, Prof. H.-J. Kuhna’s painting class
1991–1995: Foundation course in biology at the University of Münster
1995: H.-J. Kuhna’s master-class student
2002: Diploma

Hugo Boguslawski’s painting operates at the interface between representational art and ornamental abstraction. As an exponent of Structural Painting, he rhythmically assembles set pieces from nature in new compositions and thus recodes perceived, three-dimensional reality on the two-dimensional surface of the canvas. He finds inspiration not only in the landscape in general, but also in palaeontological finds. Hugo Boguslawski lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Dr. Ralf Borlinghaus

Humanities scholar – management consultant – publicist – graphic designer

*1965 in Sauerland/ NRW, married, three adult children, resident in the Odenwald near Heidelberg, studied German language and literature, history and philosophy in Heidelberg from 1986 to 1994 and received his doctorate in philosophy about Schelling’s late philosophy. Two years of postgraduate studies in economics in St. Gallen, graduating with a Master of General Management degree. Various management positions in Germany, Belgium and Switzerland, to date working as a management consultant and business coach. Writer and word artist.
Wortkunst als Buch

Prof. Dr. Irene Daum

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Dr. Gerhard Daum

Born in 1954, Daum’s artistic interest in pictorial constructions within geometric space began to develop while he was still at school. After completing his studies in medicine with a doctorate he went on to work in the pharmaceutical industry and in hospital management. Several years ago he resumed his artistic activities, basing his pictorial constructions on mathematics. The initial forms of his experimental works are always rooted in elements of Euclidean geometry, which provide frameworks for the design of abstract figures in virtual space and are removed once the construction is finished. The figure speaks for itself without the viewer being given insight into the manner of its making. Daum constructs his works on drawing cardboard using pencil, ruler, compass and tubular drawing pen.

His work is driven by a quest for beauty and simplicity. He achieves this by applying symmetric and asymmetric proportions that result in the harmoniously balanced forms of his pictorial constructions. He pursues a non-representational style inspired by natural science and mathematics, that adopts stylistic elements of Constructivism. With his characteristic way of working he has set new Constructivist accents.

Dr. Sonja Frenzel

Research fellow

Sonja Frenzel is a research fellow at the Institute for Anglophone Literatures and Literary Translation at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany. Her current research interests revolve around urban poetics, material agencies, and the ethics of translation. Her list of publications includes academic as well as creative texts.

Prof. Dr. h.c. Karl Otto Götz †

Visual artist

At ko-gö a detailed and comprehensively established tabular biography (until 2010) can be found. The information most relevant to w/k is presented below.

1914 Born February 22 in Aachen
1947 Götz becomes a member of the artist group CoBrA
1954 First solo exhibitions in Paris and Seattle
1958 Participation at the XXIV. Biennial in Venice
1959 Participation at the Dokumenta II in Kassel
1959–1979 Professorship at Academy of Arts Düsseldorf. Among others, Gotthard Graubner, Kuno Gonschior, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Rissa, H.A. Schult and Franz Erhardt Walther studied under Karl Otto Götz.
1965 Marriage with Rissa
1971 The experiments on visual perception performed at Academy of Arts Düsseldorf since 1970 and the contribution to personality research are internationally recognized by renowned psychologists
1972 Götz and Karin Götz (Rissa) publish the book Probleme der Bildästhetik. Eine Einführung in die Grundlagen des anschaulichen Denkens
1984 Great retrospective monotypes, paintings, gouaches 1935–1983
1989 Order of Merit (North Rhine-Westphalia)
1996 State award for painting (Rhineland Palatinate)
1997 Establishment of the K.O Götz and Rissa Foundation
2004 Honorary member of Academy of Arts Düsseldorf. Numerous exhibitions on the occasion of his 90th birthday.
2007 Awarding of the Federal Cross of Merit (1st class) by the German Federal President
2009 Awarding of the Order of Merit of Rhineland Palatinate to K.O. Götz and Rissa
2010 Awarding of the honorary doctorate of Academy of Arts Münster

Anna Lena Grau

Visual artist

Born in Hamburg in 1980. She studied free art at University of Applied Sciences for Visual Arts Hamburg and was taught by Dr. Hanne Loreck and Pia Stadtbäumer. She works as an artist, curator and lecturer at Academy of Arts Bad Reichenhall. From 2008 to 2011, she was part of the artist group Von dritten Räumen. Grau held exhibitions at Kunstverein Hamburg, Kunsthalle Kiel, Kunsthaus Essen and at Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Brussels among others. She received numerous renowned scholarships like Hamburger Arbeitsstipendium and Stipendium Künstlerhaus Lauenburg.

Grau takes an open view on sculpture. She works with the peculiarities of traditional techniques in an experimental way. Often, she entrenches her work in a narrative of historical references or artistic traditions, such as the one of museums or scientific collections. She reflects on philosophic-scientific methods in drawings, sculptures and installations.

Swaantje Güntzel

Visual artist

Swaantje Güntzel (*1972 in Soest) studied ethnology at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn, followed by postgraduate studies in fine arts at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg and worked for several years as an artistic assistant to Andreas Slominski. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad, for example Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki, Österreichischer Skulpturenpark Graz, Kunsthaus Nürnberg, Kunstmuseum Celle and Biennale für zeitgenössische Kunst Cochabamba, Bolivia and has been awarded various scholarships, among others the Research Grant of the Danish Arts Council, the Residenzstipendium of the Ingmar Bergman Estates on the Baltic Sea island Fårö in Sweden and the RONDO Atelierstipendium of the Province of Styria, Austria. In 2015 she was awarded the ars loci Art Prize of the Neuhoff-Fricke-Stiftung zur Förderung von Wissenschaft und Kunst. Güntzel’s main concern is to make the anthropogenic pollution of the oceans and the presence of sculpture in our everyday lives visible by means of art and to return it to the consciousness of the viewer. Her artistic approach stems from an aesthetic position that explores the essential dichotomy between visual pleasure and disturbing global questions. Güntzel’s work represents a disturbing critique of modern life in the 21st century. Most of the works were inspired by the direct exchange with scientists, who provided her with data and material and answered further questions. Conceptually she moves in different media such as performance, object, embroidery, installation, photography and video.


Volker Hermes

Visual artist

1972 born in Wegberg, Germany
1992 – 1995 Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Philosophy
1995 – 2002 Academy of art Düsseldorf, Painting in the class of Dieter Krieg
2000 Diploma as Meisterschüler of Dieter Krieg
2002 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, graduated with “Akademiebrief”

Barbara Herbert

Visual artist

As a child I already had access to literature, music, dance and art through a humanistic school education and an education in classical ballet. In addition, at an international school I had close connections to politics, philosophy and cultural studies in the (former) federal capital Bonn. The intercultural experiences led from dance to performance and after an examination of architecture to stage design and theatre. At the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf I always dealt with artistic approaches in connection with interdisciplinarity. In addition to studying art (painting and video/performance), I took my first state examination in educational science, founded the Frauen in der Bildenden Kunst Interest Group and invited prominent female scientists such as the linguist Luise Pusch and the art historian Ute Eskildsen (Museum FolkwangEssen) for discussion. It has always been important for me to engage with female scientists in art.

I continued to pursue this transdisciplinary strategy at the Berlin University of the Arts and, in collaboration with artists and scholars, developed a new teaching concept for art and science in conjunction with the guest professorship Artistic Transformation Processes. In 2006 the group received the Karl Hofer Preis for the interdisciplinary art project “Stille Post” in Berlin. I am an editor of several books in the interdisciplinary subject of art and science; the current book Urban Traces – Wahrnehmung im öffentlichen Raum (Athena Verlag Oberhausen 2014) combines artistic positions on the topic of “space” with scientific approaches from architecture, philosophy, cultural studies and neuroscience.

Prof. Dipl.-Des. Cordula Hesselbarth

Visual artist and scientist

With her work, Cordula Hesselbarth moves in a field of tension between art and science. As a professor for media-supported science illustration, she develops didactic images and media with students to convey scientific topics. In her work, which includes large-format paintings, digital and analog drawings, and video works, she approaches these questions artistically. As part of a series of events she initiated, Dialogues between Art and Science. Cordula Hesselbarth spoke with scientists about the handling and meaning of images within the various disciplines in her exhibitions Pflanzenblicke (2013), Kontinuum (2013), An-a-tomie (2014) and Bioinspiration (2015).

Cordula Hesselbarth, born in 1965, works and lives in Münster and in Spain, where she worked as an artist for several years in the 1980s. She studied at the Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW), at the Kunstakademie Münster and at the Fachhochschule Münster. Since 2002 she has been a professor at the Münster School of Design (MSD) of the Münster University of Applied Sciences.

Prof. Dr. Fernand Hörner

Clutural scholar

Fernand Hörner is a Professor of Cultural Studies, in particular socio-cultural, transcultural and artistic research at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. Previously, he was in Freiburg at the Centre for Popular Culture and Music and Managing Director at the Centre for France at the University of Freiburg. The professorship for Cultural Studies at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences is a return to his old student home (Diploma for Literary Translation at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf). He received his doctorate in Romance languages and literature/comparatistics from the Bergische Universität Wuppertal under Prof. Dr. Ursula Link-Heer. He is (co-)founder and (co-)editor of the online song encyclopedia:

Dr. Bernhard Jansen

Art historian

In tandem with Linda Walther Bernhard Jansen directs the research project “art research – Internationale KünsterInnen- und Ausstellungsdatenbank” (international artist and exhibition database) in the Institute of Art History at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. Since 2005 this project has been researching and correlating information from the realm of contemporary art exhibitions worldwide.

Dr. Anna-Sophie Jürgens

literary and cultural scholar

Anna-Sophie Jürgens is a Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellow (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) at the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University. She works in the fields of Comparative Literature, Popular Entertainment Studies and Science in Fiction Studies, and has a doctorate in Comparative Literature from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. She was a 2017 fellow of the National Library of Australia and was honoured with a PhD and undergraduate scholarship by the German National Merit Foundation (awarded to the top 0.5% of the German student and postgraduate population). Her research draws upon modern and contemporary circus fiction, the history of (violent) clowns, clowns and scientists, and aesthetics and poetologies of knowledge.
Jürgens’ publications include Poetik des Zirkus (2016, monograph); Patterns of DisǀOrder (2017, ed. with M. Wierschem); LaborARTorium (2015, ed. with T. Tesche); ‘Comic in Suspenders: Jim Sharman’s Circus Worlds in The Rocky Horror (Picture) Show’ Journal of Australian Studies (2018); ‘A funny Taste: Clowns and Cannibals’ Comedy Studies 9/2 (2018); ‘Circus as Idée fixe and Hunger: Circomania in Fiction’ Comparative Literature and Culture (2016); ‘The Joker, a Neo-modern Clown of Violence’ Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (2014). Anna-Sophie is guest editor of two special-themed journal issues to be published in 2019 – on Circus & Science (Journal of Science & Popular Culture) and violent clowns (Comedy Studies).

Ryo Kato

Visual artist

Born 1978 in Nimi/Japan, lives and works in Berlin since 1998. Education in painting and drawing in Okayama, from 2001 to 2005 studied at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, master student of Daniel Richter, numerous exhibitions and trade fair participations in Germany and abroad, sponsorship award of the Darmstädter Sezession and the Museum of Okayama Prefecture.

Ryo Kato deals with topics in the field of tension between man and environment in colourful, detailed pictures and denounces the destructive handling of nature. His mathematical talents and his training as a professional Go player form the basis for an intensive study of numbers as abstract structures, the analysis of proportions and the geometry of surfaces and spaces. In addition to scientifically oriented strategic thinking, intuition and emotions are essential influencing factors that shape his artistic creative process.

Prof. Dr. Angela Krewani

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Mischa Kuball

lives and works in Düsseldorf/DE

*1959 in Düsseldorf/DE. Mischa Kuball has been working in the public sphere since 1987. He uses light as a medium to explore architectual space as well as social and political discourse in his installations and photographs, reflecting on a whole variety of aspects from sociocultual structures to architectural interventions, emphasising or reinterpreting their monumental nature and context in architectual history. Public and private space merge into an indistinguishable whole in politically motivated participation projects, providing a platform for communication between the audience, the artist, the work itself and public space.

Since 2007 Mischa Kuball is a Professor in the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, associate professor for media art at Hochschule für Gestaltung/ZKM, Karlsruhe, and since 2015 member of North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, Duesseldorf. 


Philipp Lachenmann

Visual artist

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Christina Landbrecht

Program director for art at the Schering Stiftung

Christina Landbrecht was born in Munich and came to Berlin to study art history and business administration at the Humboldt University. Subsequently, she completed a scientific internship at the Berlinische Galerie – Landesmuseum für Bildende Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur and then took over the position as a consultant to the director Dr. Thomas Köhler. With the opening of the Cluster of Excellence “Bild Wissen Gestaltung”, she moved to the Humboldt-Universität as a research assistant and is working on her doctorate on the topic “Problem and Potential of Artistic Research” there. In her dissertation project, she has been dealing with the relationship between the natural sciences and the visual arts since the 1990s. She would like to use this knowledge for her foundation’s work and to bring together the expertise of artists and scientists in the future productively as well as to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogues and projects.

Stefan Majetschak


Born in 1960, he studied philosophy, art history and comparative literature at the University of Bonn, where he received his doctorate in 1989 and his postdoctoral lecturing qualification in 1998. Since 2000 he has been Professor of Philosophy at the Academy of Art at the University of Kassel. Since 2006 managing editor of the Wittgenstein-Studies. International Yearbook for Wittgenstein Research. Since 2009 President of the Internationalen Ludwig Wittgenstein Gesellschaft e.V. (ILWG).


Visual artist

Born in France in 1974, malatsion has lived in Frankfurt since 2004. From 1992 to 1998, she studied Art History and Archeology at the University of Poitiers. Afterwards, she studied at the Academy of Visual Arts of Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg where she graduated in 2003. Her installations often deal with man’s behavior towards nature and with the changes in its essence produced by this influence. By contrast, her abstract and geometrical two or three dimensional works architectonically explore space as a field of imagination. malatsion stages her sculptures in spatial scenarios and simultaneously analyses the created objects in scientifically precise drawings and photographs. In the context of her reflection upon the interaction of man and his natural environment, malatsion took wild bee swarms as a living core for a sculptural work created for the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Sorocaba, São Paulo in 2016.

Prof. em. Dr. rer. pol. Walther Müller-Jentsch


Professor Emeritus at the Ruhr University Bochum, Social Science Department. He was research assistent at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfort (1963–1981), professor of Sociology at Paderbon university (1982–1992) and professor of Sociology at the Ruhr University in Bochum (1992–2001). In 1990 he was Leverhulme Visiting Professor in European Industrial Relations at Warwick University, UK.

Main research fields: Industrial Relations, Industrial and Organizational Sociology, Sociology of Art.

Main publications:

  • Soziologie der Industriellen Beziehungen (Frankfurt 1997,  2nd  ed.)
  • (ed.) Konfliktpartnerschaft (München 1999, 3rd ed.)
  • (co-ed.) The Changing Contours of German Industrial Relations (München and Mering 2003)
  • Organisationssoziologie (Frankfurt 2003)
  • Strukturwandel der industriellen Beziehungen (Wiesbaden 2007)
  • Arbeit und Bürgerstatus (Wiesbaden 2008)
  • Gewerkschaften und Soziale Marktwirtschaft seit 1945 (Stuttgart 2011)
  • Die Kunst in der Gesellschaft (Wiesbaden 2012,  2nd  ed.)

Moritz Nihues

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Stefan Oehm

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Detlev van Ravenswaay, Dipl.-Des.

Independent artist

The artist considers science a motor of new motives. New findings bring new image ideas. What appeared to be inconceivable becomes visual reality. Creative aspects absorb information and atmosphere and turn them into new art that assists scientists in spreading their work. Or the other way around: the artist suggests approaches to scientists that they have not “seen” until then.

Born in 1956, diploma-design-studies at University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein in Krefeld. After 20 years of designing for advertising agencies and as a freelancer, specialization in Space Art and illustration. 3000 artworks are formed for the national and international media landscape and for projects that are not located on this planet. In this millennium, new start as an independent artist.


Visual artist

1938 Born in Rabenstein, Chemnitz
1953 Leaving German Democratic Republic
1959 General qualification for university entrance, Bochum
1960 Studies at Academy of Arts Düsseldorf (K.O. Götz)
1964 State examination in art education
1965 Works as free painter. Marries K.O. Götz
1969 Lecturer at Academy of Arts Düsseldorf
1975 Professor at Academy of Arts Düsseldorf
1988 Equal opportunities officer at Academy of Arts Düsseldorf
1997 Establishment of K.O. Götz und Rissa-Stiftung (Foundation)
2000 Prorector at Academy of Arts Düsseldorf
2003 Retirement Academy of Arts Düsseldorf
2004 Lectureship at Academy of Arts Düsseldorf
2007 Leaving the academy
2009 Member of the board of advisers of art college NRW. Award: Order of Merit, Rheinland-Pfalz
2012 Rissa becomes an honorary member of Academy of Arts Düsseldorf

Thomas Schönauer

Sculptor and Painter

Thomas Schönauer, born in 1953, works as a sculptor and painter; his works are internationally renowned.

Following his studies of literature and philosophy at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf Thomas Schönauer studied several more terms at art academies in Winnipeg (Canada) and Düsseldorf. Leaping in at the deep end, he started working as a professional artist. At quite an early stage already he won several international competitions:
1988: Donation from the Stadtwerke Düsseldorf (municipal works) for the 700-year anniversary of the city of Düsseldorf.
1992: Overall concept for the German presentation at the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
1990–92: Concept and sculptural installations for the Aquarius Water Museum in Mülheim an der Ruhr.

Thomas Schönauer is a “man of space” – so it is barely surprising that many of his sculptures bear a strong relation to architecture and landscape. Hence his intense collaboration with the landscape designer Andreas Kipar from Milan. But his painting too is concerned with the phenomena of nature and space, and with endeavours to invest surface with the third dimension. His impulse towards research and innovation has always prompted him to seek a close relationship with industry. In 2013 that led to a cooperation agreement with the chemicals company Henkel to provide the artist with adhesive products from its own laboratories for his painting. A first highlight of this innovative partnership was a much-regarded joint presentation at the Long Night of Science held in the Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf. The notion of the Engineering Artist coined by his friend Frank Dopheide, managing director of the Handelsblatt Publishing Group, succinctly describes the essence of Schönauer’s work. His works are to be found in numerous private, corporate and public collections.

Further sources of inspiration for Thomas Schönauer are his intense preoccupation with current social challenges such as populism, digitisation, governance and networking. In the context of such issues Schönauer also participates in public debates or is invited to keynote lectures or think tanks, as well as making his mark as an author, writing on these themes in, for example, The Huffington Post. In 2016, together with Burkhard Böndel, Ines Kaldas, Andreas Kipar and Ralph Richter, he founded the Bewegung gegen das lineare Denken (Movement against linear thinking). In 2012 he was appointed associate member of the Association of German Architects (BDA). Since 2016 he has also been a member of the advisory board of the Deutsche Rheumastiftung (German Rheumatism Association).

Thomas Schönauer is married to a Brazilian psychologist and has two daughters.

Prof. Dr. Markus Schrenk

Artist and Philosopher Düsseldorf/DE

Markus Schrenk is Professor for Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. His core area of research is Metaphysics, especially Metaphysics of Science: Laws of Nature, Causation, Dispositions, and Modality.

He is the author of The Metaphysics of Ceteris Paribus Laws (2007), co-author of Einführung in die Sprachphilosophie (2nd edition 2014), and editor of Handbuch Metaphysik (forthcoming 2016).
Routledge has published his Metaphysics of Science. A Systematic and Historical Introduction in July 2016.

Dr. Ira Seidenstein

Performing artist

Dr. Ira Seidenstein earned his Masters Degree in Visual and Performing Arts, and, Doctorate in Education. He is a comic acrobat, mime, classical actor, director, playwright, and has choreographed over 200 comic sketches. He has worked in over 140 live productions. After working in Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo he created such projects as: The Madness of King Lear (Avignon, Edinburgh); The Book of Clown (Adelaide 2017), Commedia Toto (Italy); Cubist Clown Cavalcade (Paris): A Flower of the Lips (Sydney). He has worked in 20 Shakespeare productions including 10 of the plays such as directing Henry the Fifth with 12 women; and, 10 adaptations including his comedy – A Girl’s Guide to Hamlet. In 2012/13 Ira was in the Russian troupe – Slava’s Snowshow, and, he has portrayed over 75 clown characters. He is the Founder of I.S.A.A.C. – International School for Acting And Creativity and personally mentors performers, teachers, choreographers, and directors internationally. Ira’s workshops are practical and make creative use of body-mind processes. He is the author of the book Clown Secret.

Helmut Schweizer

Visual artist

Born in 1946 and raised in Stuttgart. He attended the Leibniz Grammar School for Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Following on from empirical experiments in the school laboratory, he observed and analysed with childlike amazement in a self-defined, seemingly scientific cosmos everything that happened before his eyes: report books were filled with notes and sketches, changes recorded, developments noted. Even during his school days, when society was still enthusiastically welcoming the blessings of modern science and the multitude of possibilities with naïve, uncritical optimism, a critical consciousness developed that was marked by concern for the dark sides of the supposed blessings of progress, which were also perceived as an immediate personal threat.

Prof. Dr. Peter Tepe

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Linda Walther, M.A.

Art historian

In tandem with Bernhard Jansen Linda Walther directs the research project “art research – Internationale KünsterInnen- und Ausstellungsdatenbank” (international artist and exhibition database) in the Institute of Art History at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. Since 2005 this project has been researching and correlating information from the realm of contemporary art exhibitions worldwide.

Birgitta Weimer

Sculptor and installation artist

Birgitta Weimer, born 1956, makes the invisible visible in expansive installations and objects. The background to her works includes philosophy, ethnology, the natural sciences, and above all the life sciences, which, as the key technology of our time, fundamentally change our self-image as human beings. However, her works do not illustrate scientific findings, but are to be understood as analogous research using the means of art.
After her studies in ethnology and anthropology, Weimer studied free art under Sigmar Polke, Ulrich Rückriem, and Kai Sudeck at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg. After her studies, she received a post-graduate scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) for Gambia, West Africa. From 1990 to 2000 she lived in Cologne, where she received the Friedrich-Vordemberge-Stipendium der Stadt Köln in 1992.

Weimer collaborates with scientists from various disciplines. In 1995 she was Artist-in-Residence at Loughborough University, where she worked with other European artists and computer scientists on the Creativity and Cognition project. In 1998, together with economists from the University of Witten/Herdecke and under the direction of Birger P. Priddat, she developed a concept for the future of work for Expo Hannover 2000. From 2000 to 2002, Birgitta Weimer lived with her family in Chicago, where, in addition to a busy exhibition schedule, she lectured at the University of Chicago and the Institute of Art and Design Milwaukee. She then lived in Frankfurt am Main from 2002 to 2004. During this time she held a substitute professorship at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences for the Foundations of Design. From 2004 to 2016, she lived and worked in Königswinter. Weimer likes to look beyond her own nose and also stands up for other artists. From 2002 to 2005 she wrote the column brand eins art for the business magazine brand eins, in which young artists were introduced. As a member of Zonta International, she initiated the Zonta Cologne Art Award, the only German privately organized art prize for female artists that has been awarded every two years since 2012. Birgitta Weimer has exhibited in museums in the U.S., Japan and Germany, and her works are represented in their permanent collections, among others. Birgitta Weimer has been living in Cologne since 2017 and is a member of the following collections: the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sapporo), the Flint Institute oft the Arts (U.S.), the Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum Duisburg, the Kunsthalle Mannheim, the Museum für konkrete Kunst (Ingolstadt), the Museum Ritter (Waldenbuch), the LVR-LandesMuseum (Bonn), the arp museum Bahnhof Rolandseck (Remagen) and the Osthaus Museum (Hagen).

Since 2017 Birgitta Weimer lives in Cologne again. She was married to Uwe A. Sommerfeld until his death in 2016. Ruben Sommerfeld is their son.