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Berlin Science Week 1-10 Nov. 2022

The multi sensorial installation "Haptic Hortus" brings stories and experiences of encounters between plants and humans at the Botanical Gardens Berlin to a downtown site that holds complex histories of touch, too: a former nail salon right next to the urban gardening collective Prinzessinnengärten. "Haptic Hortus", created by anthropologist and artist Susanne Schmitt, responds to the ethnographic research project "Touching Plants" (FU Berlin).

During Science Week, the site-specific work was activated by a sensory ethnography workshop with anthropologists Prof. Sandra Calkins and Cornelia Ertl, through a movement-oriented special edition of the experimental knowledge lab "Moving across Tresholds", and a workshop with sound artist and composer Felix Classen, exploring acoustic haptics and sonic contact in a place shared by different forms of life.

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