Symposium on the exhibition »Renaissance 3.0«
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A Base Camp for New Alliances of Art and Science in the 21st Century
Sat, March 25, 2023 – Sun, March 26, 2023, Symposium
Media Theater, Online
Language: German

Art is primarily oriented towards things that can be grasped with the natural eye, while science has been using instruments since the 16th century to reach previously inaccessible »res invisibiles« of the microcosm and the macrocosm. Today, in the digital age, artists increasingly work with the same tools, methods and programs as science. This common »pool of tools« points to the beginning of a scientification of art, as the Italian Renaissance had already aimed at.

With the research and exhibition project »Renaissance 3.0«, the ZKM | Karlsruhe dedicates itself to the new alliances of art and science in the 21st century. The symposium hosts renowned scientists and Nobel Prize winners from disciplines such as quantum physics, biochemistry, medicine and art history.


Saturday, March 25, 2023
(All hours are CET)

Moderation: Wolfram Eilenberger

11:00 –

11:10 am

Wolfram EilenbergerWelcome & Introduction

11:10 – 11:50 am

Tilmann Betsch

Science Matters!

12:10 – 12:50 am

Uwe Spetzger

Mixed reality in moderner Gehirnchirurgie
[Mixed Reality in modern Brain Surgery]

2:40 −
3:20 pm

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard
(Nobel Prize in Medicine 1995)

Schönheit der Tiere: Evolution biologischer Ästhetik
[Beauty of animals: evolution of biological aesthetics]

3:40 −
4:20 pm

Stefan Hell
(Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014)

Wie man eine wissenschaftliche Grenze überwindet...

... und was man daraus machen kann

[How to overcome a scientific border...
... and what you can do with it]

4:40 –
5:00 pm

Adam Riess (video)
(Nobel Prize in Physics 2011)

Dark Energy and the Future of the Universe


Sunday, March 26, 2023
(All hours are CEST)

Moderation: Michael Hübl

Please note the changed program schedule in the afternoon!

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bazon Brock

Besucher:innenschule zu »Renaissance 3.0«
[Introduction to »Renaissance 3.0«]

12:00 –
12:40 pm

Gerald Bast

Wissen ist Macht? – Kreativität ist Macht!
[Knowledge is power? – Creativity is power!]

2:00 –
2:40 pm

Siegfried Zielinski

Optik, Automaten- und Experimentalkultur in der ersten, arabisch-islamischen Renaissance
[Optics, Automata and Experimental Culture in the First, Arab-Islamic Renaissance]

3:00 –
3:40 pm

Horst Bredekamp

Michelangelo und die Materialaktivität
[Michelangelo and the Material Activity]

4:00 –
4:40 pm
Bazon BrockTheoretische Kunst – Formende Verkörperung des Geistes
[Theoretical Art – Forming Embodiment of the Mind]




The symposium will take place at the Media Theater and online at

Project team

Peter Weibel

Project coordination
Katharina Kern, Dominique Theise

Event technology and management
Viola Gaiser, Wolfgang Knapp, Henning Müller, Marcus Thiel, Manuel Weber, Desiree Weiler

Video studio
Max Clausen, Moritz Büchner, Sabine Jäger, Andy Koch, Lisa Michel, Mahir Mohammed, Peter Müller, Christina Zartmann

Travel Management
Martin Häberle, Christian Lölkes, Volker Nowicki, Silke Sutter


Special thanks to
Katja Bock-Müller, Janine Burger, Sarah Donderer, Ulrike Havemann, Anett Holzheid, Tobias Klingenmayer, Margit Rosen

Organization / Institution
ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe
Sponsored by

Graf Hardenberg

The event in livestream

Accompanying program

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