STATE Festival is a melting pot for a dynamic new scene of curious minds that bridge disciplines in order to explore and challenge the boundaries of present knowledge and shape ideas for our future. Fostering interdisciplinary collaborations and a critical dialogue on cutting-edge research that impacts society, STATE Festival creates a meeting ground for science and the public, where scientific inquiry meets artistic expression: open, participatory and interdisciplinary.
The Berlin science festival
With more than 250.000 students and researchers from all over the world, an internationally renowned creative and cultural scene and a long tradition of unconventional and forward thinking, Berlin is the ideal birthplace for a festival that aims to challenge the current way we do and think science. Scientists, hackers, makers, artists, filmmakers, citizen scientists, VJs, bloggers and cultural dwellers: STATE Festival blends the city’s unique creative capital and alternative edge into one exciting mixture.
Festival 2014 – STATE of Time
The first edition of STATE Festival, STATE OF TIME, brought together over 1200 international scientists, innovators, artists and cultural dwellers for four days in October 2014 to Berlin. The unifying theme: Time.
In the wake of the growing relevance and public availability of scientific research, the role and identity of science and scientists in society is changing. New actors start to contribute to the scientific process: citizen scientists, creative technologists, makers, entrepreneurs, and artists. Public participation, interdisciplinary collaboration and creative experimentation are flourishing and growing in relevance in order to create meaning and context. In this rapidly changing environment, we need actors that facilitate interaction, help bridge boundaries and create opportunities for exchange.