Radio Interview

on ‚Of Colour and Light‘
@RBB, Berlin

Jenny Brockmann & Dark Knowledge Group

Artist Jenny Brockmann has initiated a transdisciplinary project in collaboration with scientists from the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) and the Freie Universität Berlin that is currently on display at the Orangery of Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin. The project addresses how researchers collect data and information and transform it into scientific knowledge. In an experiment conducted over more than two months, the artist and the researchers will work with the audience to investigate the environmental impact of different colors of artificial light shed on organisms in Berlin’s Spree River, and will ascertain the possible effect that this light could have on humans. The Orangery itself has long been associated with research, as evidenced by the antique measuring instruments and alchemical materials on display that refer to the fascinating activities of the Orangery.

Dark Knowledge Group consists of scientists who are engaged with the fact that digital information today provides more information and data than ever before and scientific datasets grow to unimaginable dimensions („big data“). The group investigates how this development is almost decoupled from actual knowledge existing in our society and what the gaps are (Knowledge in the Dark) between potential and actual knowledge.

With Dr. Jonathan Jeschke (Biology, Ecological Novelty), Dr. Stella Berger (Biology, Aquatic Ecology), Sophie Lokatis (Biology), Dr. Isabelle Bartram (Molecular Biology, Medicine), Dr. Christopher Kyba (Particle Physics), Florian Ruland (Ecosystem Research) and Dr. Ulrike Scharfenberger (Ecosystem Research).

In collaboration with Freie Universität Berlin (FU), Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) and Alliance for Freshwater Life.