MATERIALIZE: An artistic journey into the quantum universe

MATERIALIZE: An artistic journey into the quantum universe

Exhibition as part of the Fraunhofer anniversary year »70 Jahre Fraunhofer. #WHATSNEXT«

STATE Studio and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft present interdisciplinary thematic exhibition in the resonance field of art and science

Berlin, August 1st 2019


August 1 - October 1, 2019

"Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which 'are' there."  Richard P. Feynman

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, STATE, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Network "Science, Art and Design" and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF), will open the exhibition "Materialize" on 01.08.2019 - an artistic-scientific reflection of quantum technology.

The interdisciplinary exhibition in the science and art space STATE Studio is the second in a multi-part series of events: As part of the 70th Anniversary of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the public is invited to engage with socially relevant developments in science and research. Between April and December, 2019 selected artworks reflecting current research at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will be presented through several exhibitions and two artist residencies. STATE curated artistic and scientific explorations dealing with water, quantum physics, spectrum of light and stromatolites to expose topics and questions featuring in current scientific and artistic debates to reach a broader audience and allow for more transparency.

Materialize Vernissage 

01 August 2019, 6:30 pm, STATE Studio

Since the beginning of the 20th century, scientists have been investigating phenomena of quantum physics, whose unbelievable findings juxtapose our usual world view with our everyday experiences and new realities.

But the fascination for the laws of the microscopically small is not only shared by scientists. Driven by the same search for truth and knowledge, artists also find basic materials for their interpretations and imaginations of the world in the theories of quantum physics. 

The artistic approaches by Andreas Jungk, Luca Pozzi and Olaf Schirm presented by STATE Studio take up current trends in quantum mechanics and unfold new, aesthetic and sensual approaches to one of the most complex and profound fields of research of our time.

Together with the Fraunhofer Network "Science, Art and Design" and in collaboration with the IOF, STATE opens a reflection space for various artistic answers to the findings of quantum physics. Their almost incomprehensible laws and their far-reaching consequences for our understanding of the world are commented on in different ways by the participating artists. Quantum-physical theorems such as wave-particle dualism or the non-determinacy of physical processes are illuminated in the exhibited works in their purely aesthetic quality at one time, at another time the idea of stimulating spaces of possibility opens up - and at another time we are urged to question our own role in the construction of reality.

The artists involved in Materialize are the painter Andreas Jungk (DE), the award-winning object and light artist Luca Pozzi (IT) and the kinetics, light and sound artist Olaf Schirm (DE), who lives and works in Berlin.

Born in Munich in 1956, painter Andreas Jungk studied law before being introduced to the techniques and philosophy of Zen calligraphy by a Japanese Zen teacher between 1995 and 2000. Jungk's works, often black-and-white and reduced to a few strokes and movements, often read as unintentional, without an underlying intellectual concept and as an immediate presence. In his work "unborn" Jungks fascination for elementary structures of nature and quantum-physical phenomena finds its expression: it symbolizes the quantum space in which things appear similar - but never the same. The presented works "Unborn" and "The Secret Life of Quanta" were created in close exchange with the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF).

Jungks works were shown at the Kunst Zürich and at the Benjamin Eck Galerie. 

Luca Pozzi (*1983 in Milan) is inspired in his work as a visual artist and "interdisciplinary mediator" between the world of art and the science of knowledge from physics, computer science and astronomy. In his artistic research, Pozzi deals with quantum gravity, teleportation, time travel and particle physics. His hybrid installations shown at Documenta 14, Marrakech and Moscow Biennale include magnetized sculptures, electromagnetically floating objects, light painting, and the performative use of photography. Pozzi often collaborates with scientific organizations and communities such as Loop Quantum Gravity (PI), Compact Muon Solenoid (CERN) and the Fermi Large Area Telescope (INFN, NASA). 

The works of Berlin-based visual artist Olaf Schirm (*1958 in Berlin) revolve around the relationship between man and machine, ethical questions of science, quantum physics, artificial intelligence and robotics. Schirm's fascination with machine behavior and calculated intelligence began early - at the age of 17 he developed his first music synthesizer, taught himself the basics of computer science as part of his physics and biology studies, and worked for many years in the field of robotics himself. Schirms kinetic light installation "Quantom" is a commentary on our changing perception of the world with the discovery of wave-particle dualism. "Quantom" works with quantized wave packets that form collapsing waves of particles on a canvas. Analogous to the discoveries of Schrödinger's famous thought experiment, in "Quantom" the act of observation becomes the decisive intervention that also determines the physical states of the world.

Vernissage from 6:30 pm

Art meets science Round table from 7 pm 

With Marta Gilabert Basset (Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF), Andreas Jungk and Falk Eilenberger. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Christian Rauch. Welcome note by Janis Eitner (Head of Communication Department, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft).



Curation: Dr. Christian Rauch, Johanna Teresa Wallenborn 
Production: Christina Hooge, Veronika E. Snake 

Please contact us for further information. The curators* and artists* as well as the participating researchers* are available for interviews.

Fraunhofer Society 

Dorothée Höfter 
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V., Munich, Germany
Communications Department 
Science and art in dialogue

STATE Studio

Johanna Teresa Wallenborn
Christina Hooge


STATE is a Berlin-based initiative for open science, art, and innovation. Founded in 2014, we connect people with science in a new way: participatory, interdisciplinary and inspiring. Integrating research, technology, and culture in its thinking, STATE explores current developments in science where cutting-edge research transforms society. STATE Studio is supported and developed in partnership with Wissenschaft im Dialog, the initiative for science communication in Germany, and JOHANENLIES, a Berlin-based upcycling furniture designer.