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Believing that creative minds are needed to bring scientific results and the debate on global environmental change into the centre of public attention, PIK has launched or co-launched a couple of initiatives to collaborate with artists.

'TippingPoint' is an originally British, meanwhile international science meets art initiative, which seeks for creative answers to climate change. It is named after the scientific concept of tipping points fathered by John Schellnhuber, Director of PIK. At the heart of the initiative are open-space conferences which are regularly supported by our scientists.

The Climate Media Factory is a project supported by the Federal Ministry for Education and Science, in which PIK is working together with the Film and Television University (HFF) "Konrad Wolf" to communicate current scientific knowledge on climate issues through audiovisual media.

PIK cooperates with the 'Orchester des Wandels' (Orchestra of Change) of the Foundation "NaturTon" which was launched by musicians of the Orchestra of the Berlin State Opera. Photo Gallery

Since 2011 PIK has (together with the DAAD and State Captital Potsdam) an  Artists in Residence Programme.

In 2013 we are a partner of the transdisziplinary festival "ODYSSEE : KLIMA" (Stadtheater Bremerhaven).

Photos from left to right: PIK/Nolte, Musée Marmottan Monet, DAAD, Stiftung NaturTon, Steven Pippin.


Drawing from Art to Explore Environmental Issues

Panel Discussion with Mariana da Silva & Pedro Neves Marques

April 29, 2019  |  7 pm
daadgalerie studio    Oranienstraße 161   10969 Berlin, 1. OG

Language: English

With their project »inhabitants«, artists Mariana da Silva and Pedro Neves Marques have been exploring the emergence of new genres, video grammars, and vocabularies online as a way to distribute knowledge on environmental and social justice issues. With their current series on »Deep Sea Mining«, they are mapping the geopolitics and economics minerals such as copper, cobalt, and nickel.

From February to April, Silva and Marques have been further developing their project in the framework of a residency at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. In a presentation in the context of the first Berlin meeting of the newly founded Society for Artistic Research in Germany, Mariana Silva and Pedro Neves Marques will discuss the possibilities of drawing from art in order to play with the often stifling conventions of online news and advocacy videos while retaining journalistic urgency and the capacity to reach non-art audiences.

Free entrance

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Screening & talk with Chris Jordan

September 20, 2018 | 04:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Telegrafenberg A 56 (conference hall), 14473 Potsdam

Language: English

Do we have the courage to face the realities of our time and allow ourselves to feel deeply enough that it transforms us and our future? These are the questions of Chris Jordan, the filmmaker of 'Albatross', who is this year's artist in residence at PIK, and which are at the heart of his film.

'Albatross' reveals the fatal threat of plastic pollution to the local bird population on Midway Island, a remote atoll in the North Pacific. 'Albatross' is not only a documentary but a work of art too.

The filmmaker will be present at the event and will be happy to talk with you about the background of his project after the screening. Introduction by Margret Boysen; film 97 min; discussion from 5:45 on.

Entrance free

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Can global warming still be mitigated?

Lecture and Discussion on the Monte Verità

March 24, 2018 | 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Monte Verità, 6612 Ascona, Switzerland

Within the event series "The Utopia of Nature" of the "Eventi Letterari Monte Verità", authors, scientists and philosophers approach the different meanings of "nature" and report in lectures and discussions about their research, expeditions and findings. In this context, PIK-Director John Schellnhuber presents his literary work "Selbstverbrennung" and concisely summarizes the current knowledge behind the "fight for every tenth of a degree".

The event will be held in German language and will be simultaneously translated into Italian and French language.

Tickets can be purchased in advance via the event page and on-site at the event. Moderation: Roger de Weck

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Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape

A talk by Jay Griffiths

Friday, 15th of Nov 2013 | 18:00 Uhr
Telegrafenberg A32, 14473 Potsdam

Language: English

While travelling the world in order to write her award-winning book Wild, Jay Griffiths became increasingly aware of the huge differences in how childhood is experienced in indigenous cultures. From communities in West Papua and the Arctic to the ostracised young people of contemporary Britain, she asks why we have enclosed our children in a consumerist cornucopia but denied them the freedoms of space, time and deep play. She uses anthropology, history, philosophy, language and literature to illustrate children’s affinity for the natural world, for animals and woodlands, and examines the quest element of childhood. Arguing that the risk-averse society enfeebles children, robbing them of the physical freedom they both want and need, Griffiths illustrates how the stress of overscheduled lives denies children their hours of unclocked reverie.

‘Reading this book feels like playing in the woods.’ Independent

Jay Griffiths is a British writer living in Wales. With her first book (Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time) she won the Discover award for the best new non-fiction writer to be published in the USA. Her second book (Wild: An Elemental Journey) was shortlisted for both the Orwell prize and for the World Book Day award and won the inaugural 2007 Orion Book Award in the USA. In autumn 2013 Jay Griffiths is artist in residence at PIK with a stipend from the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm.

Reservation necessary, the entry is free. For reservations call 0331 288 2519 or -2502

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Climate scientist Hans Joachim Schellnhuber meets bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff

Freitag, 1st of Nov 2013 | 19:00 Uhr
Allianz Forum am Pariser Platz 6, Berlin-Mitte

Language: German


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Von Klimamodellen, Liebe, Fukushima und anderen Kontrollverlusten

Dienstag, 11. Juni 2013, 17.00 Uhr

Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung
im Kleinen Fotorefraktor (A32)


Philipp Weiß, österreichischer Autor und derzeit Artist in Residence am PIK, stellt seinen in Arbeit befindlichen Roman vor – und zur Debatte!

Was eigentlich bedeutet Zukunft? fragt Ingeborg, die Hauptfigur des Romans, in ihrer kulturwissenschaftlichen Arbeit. Die Frage bewahrt sie nicht vor dem, was kommt: Ihr »rhapsodischer Liebhaber« Henri, ein vergeistigter, doch liebenswerter Klimatologe, der, verträumt und entrückt, sich danach sehnt, sich in der hypothetischen Welt des Klimamodells aufzulösen, verschwindet von einem Tag auf den anderen.

Ingeborgs Suche nach Henri führt sie nicht nur in die Welten der Simulationen, sondern vor allem nach Japan, wohin er sich, wie sich herausstellt, vor der Welt und ihren Unwegsamkeiten in eine Klause zurückgezogen hat.

Ursache dafür war ein von ihm verfasster Artikel, in dessen Folge sich jene fatale mediale Kontroverse entsponnen hatte, aus deren Fängen sich der scheue und fragile Forscher innerlich nicht mehr befreien konnte. In der Neuzeit, so hatte er in besagtem Artikel geschrieben, sei es das Christentum gewesen, das gegen die Wissenschaft vorgegangen sei, da es um seine Interessen fürchtete. Heute sei es – aus denselben Gründen – die Wirtschaft.

Noch bevor Ingeborg Henri in Japan finden kann, passiert erneut das Unerwartete.

Terrain vague befragt das Verhältnis des Menschen zu Natur und Technik sowie zu einer unsicher gewordenen Zukunft. Vor dem Hintergrund der Katastrophen in Japan im Jahr 2011 erzählt die Handlung über das Verschwinden von Halt und das Hereinbrechen des Ereignishaften.


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Impacts & Cascades – a climate conference concert by the Orchestra of Change

Wednesday, 29th May 2013 at 8:00 pm

Friedenskirche Sanssouci Potsdam

On the occasion of the international climate conference "Impacts World 2013," organised by PIK, the "Orchestra of Change" will give a concert on 29th May in the Friedenskirche, Potsdam. Members of the Staatskapelle Berlin, whose initiative "Orchestra of Change" is supported by the NaturTon Foundation, will perform works by Darter, J.S. Bach, C. P. E. Bach, Toru Takemitsu and Allen Vizzutte.

The concert is free of charge, but reservations are necessary because some seating is reserved for the 300 scientists attending the conference. You can reserve tickets and seats via the NaturTon Foundation up to 7:30 pm on the day of the concert.

Detailed concert programme (PDF)
Information about the conference

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"Über Lebenskunst" - Hans Joachim Schellnhuber & Lars Gustafsson im Gespräch

20. Nov 2012, 8 - 10 pm
Deutsches Theater Berlin

Language: German

A collaboration between the project ÜBER LEBENSKUNST, the Berlin Artists Programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and PIK. ÜBER LEBENSKUNST is a project of the Federal Cultural Foundation in cooperation with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt ("House of World Cultures").

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"Von Oberflächen und Geheimnissen" - Lars Gustafsson at PIK

Nov 07, 2012, 5 pm

Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research / Kleiner Fotorefraktor


Lars Gustafsson

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"Nicht ich lüge, sondern das Wort" - Reading & talk with Erik Lindner

Apr 20, 2012, 5 pm

Moderation: Katharina Narbutovic

Berliner Künstlerprogramm

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"Climate Walk: An Audio-Visual Interactive Installation on Climate - Culture - Change"

Nov 11, 2011
Lecture by Freddy Paul Grunert

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„Der Wettermacher“, „Bahnhofsprosa“, „Die melodielosen Jahre“

Oct 25, 2011
A reading by Peter Weber

The Swiss author and musician Peter Weber

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Inauguration of the restored photo refractor building and vernissage with Steven Pippin

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Jul 08, 2011
Pictures and sculptures by Lana Svirejeva (born in Toronto, Canada)

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"Die kleine Klimaprinzessin"

May 28, 2011
Play by / with Eva Rahner and Jakob Runge

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