- The Virtual Laboratory (VL) is a public forum for scientists, students,
museologists, collectors and all those interested in the history of the
experimentalization of life. Scholars can discuss their ongoing research.
Rare material and sources can be searched and exchanged. New cooperations
between universities, museums and private collections become possible.
- In the digital library, the user finds scans of journals, handbooks,
monographs and catalogues dealing with physiology, psychology, biology and
psychotechnics. A rich collection of images offers depictions of experiments,
instruments and sites of knowledge production.
- By combining and linking these various texts and images, new and unexpected
relations between science, art and technology are revealed: How do objects and
techniques move and circulate in these different but related fields? How do
experiments shape scientific research as well as artistic practice in a common
- Combining an archive and a public forum, the VL is itself an experiment in new
modes of historiography. By exploring the possibilities of advanced computer
technologies, a multi-media method of writing history is developed that integrates
texts, images and sounds and allows collaboration between the participants.