Performance Lecture

Science/Stage: an Experiment

The aim of this lecture series is to explore a range of individual approaches to the subject of the experimental from the perspective of the sciences and of the theatre. By giving the lecture in dialogic form, we are not only introducing a theatre convention to the format, but we can actively debate the different ways in which the scientific approaches and those from a literature/theatre perspective overlap and intersect, creating the lecture as a live experiment, in the space of the stage as a laboratory. But in addition to discussing the theoretical approaches to the subject, the lecture series will also put these theories to the test by allowing actors and dancers to interfere and perhaps alter the script of the lecture, and by exploring in practice how we can use the theatre to think through notions of the experimental, our conception of scientific facts and scientific evidence, predictability, and who or what is actually part of the experiment.



2015-05-19 - Lecture 01: "Is That Your Microbiome Trying to Take Over?", Dr. Thomas Böttcher (Dept. of Chemistry), Dr. Julia Boll (Dept. of Literature)

2015-05-29 - Lecture 02: "Rewriting the Experimental Script", Dr. Andreas Thum (Dept. of Biology), Dr. Julia Boll (Dept. of Literature)

2015-06-26 - Lecture 03: "Schroedinger's Stage", Dr. Gianluca Rastelli (Dept. of Physics), Dr. Julia Boll (Dept. of Literature)

2015-07-16 - Lecture 04: "The Dancing Bee", Prof. Dr. Giovanni Galicia (Dept. of Biology), Dr. Julia Boll (Dept. of Literature)