STATE Festival 2014


Festival Guide: STATE Festival 2014 - STATE of Time

Festival Guide: STATE Festival 2014 - STATE of Time

In partnership with Berlin-based Paul-Drude-Institut for Solid State Electronics, The first edition of STATE Festival, STATE OF TIME, brought together over 1200 international scientists, artists and cultural dwellers for four days in October 2014 to Berlin to celebrate scientific ideas and artistic expression. The unifying theme: Time. What exactly constitutes time? What, if anything, does time even measure? A diverse selection of over 100 participants ranging from internationally renowned researchers to up-and-coming media artists has been invited present their works within the festival’s different program formats: talks, performance, exhibition, workshops, film and interactive science formats.

A former mint in Berlin's central Mitte district was transformed into the STATE Festival main venue. Interactive exhibition spaces led to workshop suites, the courtyard and the main stage. Open spaces at integral points in the exhibition design gave the breathing space necessary for ideas to be processed and further discussed. The film program was shown at Platoon Kunsthalle, a cultural venue in Mitte with top level facilities for screenings.


A series of 7 talks over 2 days on topics from chronobiology, to general relativity, to the depiction of Time in language. Renowned scientists brought their research and unique personalities to a packed audience of enthusiastic non-specialists. With a buzz of big ideas, discussions spilled out into the courtyard, permeating the festival space.     
The Art-Science forum featured panels and a keynote that engaged a professional and critical audience in discussions on the interaction between art and science and the various regional, national and international initiatives that support it.


The exhibition was at the heart of the festival and showcased the works of 10 young international artists. Each piece offered a different way – literal, conceptual, or metaphorical – to engage with or experience the idea of Time. The pieces included projections, interactive objects, and installations, and ranged from purely artistic takes on the topic to interdisciplinary works at the intersection of art and science. 

By evening the main exhibition space shifted focus to performance, uniting the festival in a program of contemporary classical music, dance, and the official closing party with live audiovisual and DJ sets.


The film program, curated in partnership with Imagine Science Films (NY), was screened over two evenings prior to the main festival event. It featured an eclectic collection of 36 recent short and feature length festival films from 13 countries, all exploring ideas of Time, and included the European premiere of the UK art-science feature documentary ‘The Creeping Garden’. 

Film was also brought into the main festival exhibition space with the installation ‘MicroCinema’: nine short film loops, screened on small screens with headphones, presented impressions of Time unfolding at the microscopic level.


Actively engaging visitors through innovative interactive experiences is key to the STATE Festival concept, and was approached in different ways: Five fully-booked workshops explored Time in a very hands-on way, with concepts varying from training in mindfulness meditation, to design-thinking, to DIY science. 

In the playful ‘Time Bureau’, mediator consultants roleplayed visitors through standardised tests to reveal how their individual time perspective influences their decision-making, based on the work of leading US psychologist Philip Zimbardo. Additionally, over 200 people participated in the STATE Experiment, developed together with researchers from the University of Minho, Portugal, to gather data for their study on how attraction affects the perception of time.


Dr. Christian Rauch
Founding Director

Dr. Lucy Patterson
Science Curation

Stefanie Greimel
Art Curation and Production

Johanna Wallenborn
Art Curation and Production

Daniela Silvestrin
Forum Curation

Esther Masemann
Experience Design

Isabel Prugger
Exhibition Design

Martin Wunderer
Art Direction & Graphic Design

Julia Kopper
Press Relations

Nadine Binias
Press Relations

Hendrik v. Beust
Communications & Marketing

Eimear Bruen

Robert Wöstenfeld

Peter Rothmeier
Volunteer Management

Vena Ward
Project Manager Film

Tobias Pieper
Production & Event Architecture

Jan Baumann
Production & Event Architecture

Andrea Abendroth
Production Assistent & Event Architecture

Robert Eysoldt
Strategic Consulting


Main Funding Partners

Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Media Partners

Radio Eins RBB

Der Tagesspiegel

Spektrum der Wissenschaft

Revue Berlin Brandenburg

Content Partners

Science Hack Day Berlin

Imagine Science Films

Supporting Partners

Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine

Wissenschaft im Dialog


bop architects

Lehrter Siebzehn

Zerooverhead Consulting



PLATOON Cultural Development






Flora Power