Image Knowledge Gestaltung

Image Knowledge Gestaltung

An Interdisciplinary Laboratory

Complex problems cannot be solved within the boundaries of a single scientific discipline. They require the knowledge and expertise of researchers from various fields of science who come together in a cluster. The individual disciplines themselves ultimately benefit from reinforcement and enrichment. The interdisciplinary Image Knowledge Gestaltung laboratory is one such union of the social, natural and technological sciences, medicine and - for the first time in basic research - the disciplines of design and architecture. More than 25 different disciplines have joined together in this interdisciplinary laboratory to investigate the fundamental operative processes of the sciences.

In the cluster, research takes place within the context of problem-oriented basic projects. These in turn have been assigned to methods-oriented research areas A–C. Within these areas, scientists come together in different constellations to conduct investigations that transcend the boundaries of each core discipline whilst retaining a focus on their key research topics. Under the title of “Designing Interdisciplinarity”, research area D is dedicated to critically supervising, observing and shaping the various layers of interdisciplinary cooperation.

Beyond the mere application of knowledge, at issue is its active realisation. The interdisciplinary laboratory is therefore designed as an open lab that provides the public with access to provisional and final results using a variety of formats and media. This takes the form of public exhibitions and design-related interventions that lend the findings a public character. In this way, research can be conducted as design and the results critically assessed.

Participating institutions

  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • Technische Universität Berlin
  • Berlin University of the Arts
  • Berlin Weißensee School of Art
  • Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
  • Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
  • Zuse Institute Berlin
  • Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
  • Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
  • Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science
  • Ibero-American Institute
  • Art Library, National Museums in Berlin
  • Museum of Decorative Arts
  • Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
  • Center for Literary and Cultural Research

Additional Information


Prof. Dr. Horst Bredekamp (Art and Visual History)
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schäffner (Cultural History and Theory)