Workshop (2017)

AESTHETICS get SYNTHETIC: Knowledge Link Through Art & Science

“Parker” Watercolor, 2015, 120x90cm. Otavio Schipper


We are proud to announce the “AESTHETICS get SYNTHETIC” workshop that will take place in the Main hall of the Max Planck Campus in Potsdam-Golm the afternoon of  Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th of November 2017.

This workshop is an opportunity to bring together scholars and practitioners to jointly discuss and reflect on contents, approaches and methodologies that draw the link between synthetic biology and artistic research and how those can synergically interact by mutually interrogating and reconsidering their methodologies and modes of operation in an Artist in Residence program like KLAS. In this workshop we are particularly interested in discussions and perspectives that explore how different institutions, organizations and interest groups with relevant expertise and knowledge of research, innovation and education address contemporary challenges of future developments in and beyond their respective knowledge silos.



Artistic practices and scientific research – how can they benefit one from the other?

  • What is the benefit of art-science collaboration – is it about the outcome, the process, can we frame or justify its utility or usefulness.
  • Which are the personal experiences in relation to the knowledge / conceptual / methodological exchange between art and science?
  • What are the current trends and what are the expectations for the near future in Synthetic Biology? and in Art?


This workshop is chaired by Prof. Lipowsky (MPIKG) and Prof. Wilmitzer (MPIMP)

Co-chairs: Caterina Benincasa, Arnau Horta and Rodrigo Perez Garcia



Download programme in pdf  updated!

Register now!  Limited places available!


































“Interdisciplinary encounters are particularly powerful to bridge the gap between disciplinary fields and provide a new look into scientific tasks and working methodologies”



Support for this conference is provided by the Max Planck Society, Schering Foundation and the contribution of the Wissenschaftspark Potsdam-Golm, ERES Stiftung and DAAD. In cooperation with the Max Planck Alumni Association, the Observatoire Leonardo des Arts et des Techno-Sciences and Leonardo magazine.

A special thank to Alexandra Latnikova, Marco Camboni, Nadine Stolz, Afroditi Doriti and Andreas Stockhaus, without whom all of this would not have been possible.