THE EXPERIMENTALIZATION OF LIFE
(2000 - 2010)
Configurations between Science,
Art, and Technology
»Experimentalization of life« designates a process that began in Europe around 1800 to reconfigure science, art, and technology. After experimental physiology had established itself as one of the paradigmatic disciplines of the 19th century, psychology and linguistics also became laboratory-based enterprises.
Experimental cultures emerged thereafter in a variety of places, as for example in literary movements relying on automatism, aleatorics, and combination. New media such as photography and film transformed the fine arts and the sciences. Cities became vast fields of experience in which people undertook all sorts of experiments in living.
The project investigates the experimentalization of life with a focus on the material culture of instruments, buildings and supply technologies. In a »Virtual Laboratory«, relevant source materials as well as results of ongoing research work are made accessible online.
Research Scholars and Projects
Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Rheinberger
List of project-related Publications
Hermann von Helmholtz Center for Culture and Technology, Humboldt University Berlin
Media Faculty, Bauhaus-University, Weimar
Center for the Research on Literature, Berlin
VolkswagenStiftung (Okt. 2000 - Sept. 2005)
Fritz Thyssen Stiftung and VolkswagenStiftung (Focus on the Humanities) (Nov. 2006 - Oct. 2011)