DISSECT in Berlin at Tieranatomisches Theater Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin November 2 & 4, 6-8pm

With “Amygdala” by Marco Donnarumma on Nov 2

With Tomás Saraceno on Nov 4
Free entrance upon registration


DISSECT: a round table live performance, a multidisciplinary debate with works of contemporary art and design, staged in a public interactive setting. Created by Samuel Bianchini and Emanuele Quinz at École des Arts Décoratifs – Paris (EnsAD), DISSECT aims to restore more lively forms of exchange than the so-called “roundtable”, in order to spark radically multidisciplinary debates, and to grapple with the very objects of the discussion.

  • DISSECT on Nov 2 will feature the work Amygdala by contemporary artist Marco Donnarumma

in connection to the research led by the group Cutting of the Cluster of Excellence “Matters of Activity” at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU).
Widely known for his performances fusing sound, computation and biotechnology, Marco Donnarumma has conceived Amygdala as an artificially intelligent (AI) robot in the form of an uncanny human-like limb hung inside an industrial-grade computer server cabinet, which performs a ritual of purification known as “skin-cutting”. Driven by biomimetic neural networks, Amygdala is capable of interactive and changing behaviour recalling animal’s movements, creating an ambiguity between the organic and the technological.


Guests: neurosurgeon Thomas Picht, theater scholar Maaike Bleeker, art historian Horst Bredekamp, computer scientist Johann Habakuk Israel, anthropologist Joffrey Becker and philosopher Margrit Shildrick.

Moderators: Patricia Ribault (weißensee school of art and design berlin) and Samuel Bianchini (École des Arts Décoratifs).


Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/53QcjmuX5

  • DISSECT on Nov 4 will be organized in cooperation with the artist Tomás Saraceno about the research led by the Material Form Function group and their exhibition Design Lab #13: Material Legacies at the Kunstgewerbemuseum (KGM) in Berlin.

Tomás Saraceno aims to seek out a more equal balance of human, techno- and bio-diversity, with the understanding that knowledge is produced from specific situations. His works with spiders encourage us to reconsider our relationship to them and sense a world that is disappearing, calling for more interspecies collaboration.


Guests: arachnologist Peter Jäger, researcher in Cultural Studies Martin Müller, microbiologist Regine Hengge, artist and researcher Alice Jarry, behavioral ecologist Alex Jordan, socio-legal scholar Xenia Chiaramonte, and the spiders of the TA T.

Moderators: Patricia Ribault (weißensee school of art and design berlin) and Emanuele Quinz (Université Paris 8 and École des Arts Décoratifs).


Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/2ni19CVWH

Organized by the Cluster of Excellence “Matters of Activity. Image Space Material” at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, in partnership with the Chaire Arts & Sciences of École polytechnique, École des Arts Décoratifs Paris – PSL and the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso; the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin, and the Tieranatomisches Theater.

A project developed by the Reflective Interaction research group at EnsadLab (EnsAD’s laboratory). Scenography designed and directed by Samuel Bianchini, with Adrien Bonnerot and Pernelle Poyet (object design), Annie Leuridan (light design), Sylvie Tissot (software engineering), and Brice Ammar-Khodja (video).


The DISSECT events are part of the Berlin Science Week 2022, a 10-day international festival that brings together the world’s most innovative scientific organisations in Berlin and online to celebrate science and facilitate an open and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and knowledge. Explore the full program: berlinscienceweek.com.

Free entrance upon registration.

Location: Tieranatomisches Theater Philippstr. 13 Haus 3 10115 Berlin