Program overview


International short film festival in collaboration with Imagine Science Films, NY.

Keynotes from acclaimed researchers.

Installations, interactive works and fine art.

Performances from dance, music, visual arts and science.

When art and science meet - three panels presenting projects, experiences, national and international initiatives.

Educational workshops and tutorials for experimentation and learning. 

Interactive formats, (secret) experiments and participation in actual ongoing research.


Program details

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STATE Exhibition

© schnellebuntebilder

© schnellebuntebilder

Scientists and artists are in the business of uncertainty, always at the heel of turning unknowns into knowns. Illuminating science through art, and vice versa, then, is not only logical it is imperative for a holistic grasp on either subject. Despite, or perhaps because of its elusive qualities, the theme of time is rich for reflecting the delicate intersection of art and science. In that vein, the ongoing STATE Exhibition will provide a highly immersive and interactive visual experience, combining an array of mediums, including media art, projections, performances, and installations, centered around time’s literal, conceptual, or metaphorical interpretations.

Alistair McClymont:

Unix Time

Projection & Application for iOS

31.10. / 1.11.

Unix Timeshows a 24 hour time lapse of the sky, with one minute of real time taking one second. A long number is overlayed on the sky showing the current time in unix time, the number of seconds since midnight, 1st January 1970.

Alistair McClymont:
Leap Seconds


31.10. / 1.11.

Leap Second is a series of artworks showing the 25 leap seconds that have been added to our time so far. Leap seconds are added occasionally due to the earth gradually slowing down, primarily due to the tides.

Valerian Blos:
Farewell, sweet Memories


31.10. / 1.11.

The installation deals with the question whence memories, in time of photography, sound recording and video, obtain their value. When do memories become unrecoverable and how can we prevent their final vanishing?

Blink of an eye

Interactive Installation

31.10. / 1.11.

Even the smallest movements leave behind time-deferred images and traces on the wall – may it be wandering video-stripes, your past movements’ shades or collages out of light.

Armin Keplinger:


31.10. / 1.11.

Armin Keplingers piece deals with the phenomenons of collision and explosion as extreme events in the consistency of time. Through these transformative processes and the interrelation of time and force to the point of standstill the piece achieves a physical sensation.

The Constitute:

Interactive Object

31.10. / 1.11.

Coming from a deep examination of natural paradigms of visual perception and hyper-technological manifestos the idea for EYESECT helmet device came up. EYESECT is a wearable interactive installation that reflects an Out-of-Bodiment in an immersive way.

Nenad Popov:
Pulse, Flow


31.10. / 1.11.

An audio-visual installation featuring Physarum Polycephalum, a particularly light-sensitive type of slime mold. The work oscillates between cinema and painting, creating a space to slow down and contemplate. 

Ken Murphy:
A History of the Sky


31.10. / 1.11.

Does the sky have its own timetable? “A History of the Sky” is a time-lapsed visualization of light and weather, recorded in 10-second increments over the course of a year. Each cell in the grid depicts a single day, from sunrise to sunset, which unfold in parallel to create a cascading pattern of light and dark by varying lengths of day.

A Question of Time

Projection / Stage design

31.10. / 1.11.

A real-time visualization of STATE OF TIME’s festival program. Information about STATE shows, talks, and workshops are synthesized into a large-scale projection that references the mechanism of “the world’s oldest computer” – the astronomical clock Antikythera.

Philipp Rahlenbeck and hands on sound


31.10. / 1.11.

Inside the courtyard of the 'Alte Münze' the facade projection will deal with natures inner rhythm and our own biological clock. What is triggering us and our actions? When are we feeling 'in-sync' with our world and when do we feel rushed and exhausted? In a hyperconnected world we seem to find it harder and harder to escape the ubiquitous GMT masterclock instead of walking at our own pace.



(c) Wikimedia Commons

(c) Wikimedia Commons

Let’s give it up for the heroes at the front-line. The front-line of science and thought, that is. In a series of informal, intimate talks, leading researchers and expert thinkers from the fields of physics, psychology, philosophy, and beyond will present their cutting-edge work, mind-bending ideas, and fascinating stories on the concept of “time” in all its variants, including talks on our personal experience of time, biological clocks, cultural relationships to time, time travel, spacetime, and much more.  

Martha Merrow:
The daily biological clock: how rhythms shape our lives

31.10., 18:00 - 18:45

As the earth turns on its axis, cycling through night and day, our experienced environment changes. Luckily, evolution has equipped us with a circadian clock that enables us to adapt and regulate our behavior throughout the day – from when we sleep and wake up to how we perform and feel. But what controls this clock? And why does it sometimes feel like we’re all a little out of sync?

Frederike Kaltheuner:
Manufacturing now

31.10., 19:15 - 20:00

“Funny cat video ... holiday snap ... Gaza ... pic of *awesome* cappuccino ...dead children in Gaza photo” We increasingly experience current events though the timelines of networked publics. If the age of mass media was about manufacturing consent, the age of social media is about manufacturing now. We need to do a better job at understanding these new mechanisms that shape our knowledge of the world in time.

Kilu von Prince:
A Melanesian perspective on time and reality

1.11., 12:00 - 12.45

On the islands of Vanuatu more than 100 different languages are spoken, many of which have never been written or described. Whilst most European languages use different verb forms to anchor statements in time - I was, I am, I will be - the Oceanic languages of Vanuatu pay more heed to the reality of a statement than its temporality - does something actually happen or is it only a possibility? These differences raise fundamental questions: How are time and reality conceptually related? What can we learn from these linguistic structures about the way human beings process notions of time?



Markus Pössel:
About time: From Einstein's simplest idea to the ends of spacetime

1.11., 13:30 - 14:15

About a 100 years ago, Einstein's theories of relativity revolutionized our way of thinking about space and time. From a simple question – how do you compare two clocks in different locations? – Einstein developed a completely new view of space and time. Time, once thought to be immutable, moving inexorably onward, turns out to be changeable – it can be slowed down, or even come to an apparent stop, namely at the horizon of a black hole. This talk reviews the basics of relativistic time, exploring both what physicists know and what they don't (yet?) know.

Julian Barbour:
Time's Arrow and the Big Bang

1.11., 15:00 - 15:45

Time marches on. But we’re not exactly sure why. Under the quantum laws that govern the subatomic world, time could flow in either direction. The famous second law of thermodynamics – i.e. over time, entropy (disorder) increases – argues for a direction of flow, but this doesn’t hold up against our observations of a highly ordered universe. Julian Barbour will discuss these problems and talk about his latest work on gravity and the arrow of time.

Michał Klincewicz:
Thinking about and in time

1.11., 16:30 - 17:15

A whistlestop tour of the contemporary philosophy of time, from metaphysics and the philosophy of mind to psychology and neuroscience. What if the past, present, and future of the universe exist simultaneously? Or perhaps the present is all there is? How does this “world time” relate to our conscious experience of time?


Luke Jones:
Alterations In The Perception of Time

1.11., 18.00 - 18.45

Our childhood summers seemed to stretch on forever but now slip by so fast. Heart-stopping moments unravel as if in slow motion, but we barely even noticed this morning’s commute to work. How do our brains measure the passage of time? What makes it speed up or slow down? And what does subjective “brain-time” influence our experience?



© Imagine Science Films

© Imagine Science Films

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Where would film be without time – the fourth dimension that grants movement to otherwise static pictures? Exclusively for STATE OF TIME, Imagine Science Films has assembled a series of cinematic inquiries: From scientists trapped in time loops, the fragmentation of memory, and the mysterious powers of time-lapse to the age of mountains and the universe, the program will feature a full roster of short films and features illustrating the many layered meanings of the concept of “time”.

Curated by Imagine Science Films

This Modern Earth

Short film selection, 38min

28.10., 19.30 - 20.10

A short survey of modernity, of the present moment in time, and of humankind's complicated relationship with the world around us.


The Creeping Garden

Feature film, 81min
(European Premiere)

28.10., 21.00 - 22.20

A real life science fiction movie exploring a world creeping right beneath our feet, where time and space are magnified and intelligence redefined. 


Entropy & Decay

Short film selection, 65min

29.10., 19.00-20.00

Time changes all things, from the slowly collapsing detritus of civilization, to the cauliflower forgotten in the back of the fridge. 


Future History

Short film selection, 53min

29.10., 20.30 - 21.25

The program culminates in an irreverent time-spanning life story of a single species, from the dawn of life, to the end of human existence on earth.

Time, Space & Mind

Short film selection, 60min

29.10., 22.00 - 23.00

Time colors all of our perceptions and all of the workings of our minds. 



Macrocinema Installation

Film installation

Different ways of seeing reveal different worlds.

Detailed information can be found here.


STATE Workshops

(c) Re:publica / Gregor Fischer 

(c) Re:publica / Gregor Fischer 

Sometimes we need to experience it to believe it. The STATE Workshop series aims to thaw down the cerebral concept of “time” to an engaging, hands-on level. Artists, scientists, and multidisciplinary experts will offer immersive workshop sessions to explore “time” in a multitude of creative, educational, and experiential settings – from meditating on the present moment to designing personal time-saving solutions through "Chindogu".

Martin Sona, Henni Steinhart:
Time Out Timeline – See your Brain on Mindfulness Meditation (with Neurofeedback)

31.10., 15:30 - 16:30; 18:00 - 19:00

Mindfulness meditation is the practice of being aware of the present moment, to let thoughts and feelings come and go rather than getting caught up in them. Originally an ancient Buddhist meditation technique, in recent years mindfulness has evolved into a range of secular therapies and courses proven to combat, for example, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and addiction. This workshop will give an overview of some of the most exciting psychology and neuroscience research on meditation's effects on the brain, and a practical introduction to using consumer EEG sensors to capture data on your meditating mind to help you track your mental states of relaxation and focus.

Limited number of participants. Pre-register here:
Workshop #1: 15:30 - 16:30
Workshop #2: 18:00 - 19:00


Claudine Chen, Brian Degger, Michael Meinel, Giulia Paparo, Ramin Soleymani:
Science Hack Day drop-in workshop: hacking time

1.11., 15:00 - 20:00

A growing movement of citizen scientists and science hackers are bringing science out of the ivory tower and into kitchens, garages and hackerspaces around the world. Come by to this drop-in workshop to find out about open science and the D.I.Y. movement, meet science hackers and check out the latest hacks from our partner event Science Hack Day Berlin. Take part in a D.I.Y. experiment on time perception, learn about and build your own mechanical clock, and visualise the fourth dimension in re-rendered video.

John Connell:
Three Seconds In Sound – a Sonic Meditation on the Present 

1.11., 11:00 - 12:30

Cross-cultural studies suggest that we experience the present moment as a three-second time frame: many activities and interactions fit within this brief window of continuity. But how much information are we able to experience within this window of the 'present', this sense of ‘now’? What level of detail are we able to perceive? How might this influence our experience of life from moment to moment, and our sense of the passage of time? This session will explore these questions through a guided meditation using immersive sound design and mindfulness techniques, with some discussion on the group's experiences.

Limited number of participants. Pre-register here:
Workshop: 11:00 - 12:30



Göran Hielscher, Andreas Mueller:
Design Thinking Workshop -  Time handling

1.11., 15:00 - 17:00; 17:30 - 19:30

Mobile devices and connectivity have widely increased whereas our personal strategies to maintain focus struggle to keep up with that. In this playful Design Thinking workshop we will together examine solutions to the question: How do we simplify time handling? We will empathize, ideate, prototype and explore ways to simplify our time handling.

Limited number of participants. Pre-register here:
Workshop #1: 15:00 - 17:00
Workshop #2: 17:30 - 19:30

Pedro Jardim, Alice Grindhammer, Alexa Clay:
Time Confessions

1.11., 13:00 - 14:30

Time assumptions are baked into the cultures of economic life animating everything from product lifecycle, waste management, finance and tech entrepreneurship to how we organize people and communities. This panel and discussion will explore the bias of mechanized time and new possibile “time regimes” inspired by meta-perspectives of deep space as much as by local, informal and self-organized systems. Starting with our own time confessions we will engage in a discussion on how we hack our own experiences of time and engage in shifting the time assumptions of our systems.



(c) Chris Engelsma 

(c) Chris Engelsma 

Art and science–worlds apart or interwoven disciplines? STATE aims to explore the outdated notion that art and science are mutually exclusive. What happens when the two meet? How can these disciplines benefit from one another, and what are the challenges in such interdisciplinary work? Who is behind the initiatives that cross the boundaries of art and science, and what are their interests?

STATE Forum offers a platform for critical dialogue and discussion. A selection of international initiatives, artists, scientists, and professionals working in this field will explore the aims, challenges, and motivations in toeing the line between art and science.


When artists and scientists meet - artistic research, approaches and endeavours in the scientific worlds


31.10., 11:00 - 12:45

With: Jenny Michel, Barbara Stracke, Alistair McClymont, Luca Pozzi, Daniele Oriti.
Moderated by Daniela Silvestrin (festival team).

This panel will examine the similarities, differences, and intersections of art and scientific research. Closely related throughout history, the two disciplines were separated only few centuries ago. To this day, however, questions about life, the universe, nature, and our ability to manipulate and shape our environment are not limited to one discipline. These questions are as scientific as they are cultural and philosophical. During this panel discussion, artists and scientists will talk about their experience collaborating on various interdisciplinary projects.

Michael John Gorman: Creative Collisions between Science and Art: The Science Gallery Story


31.10., 13:45 - 14:30

Moderated by Regine Rapp.

During his keynote lecture, founding director Michael John Gorman will present the work and mission of his initiative Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, a cultural space dedicated to creative collisions between science and art. He will give an overview of projects and shows presented at the gallery and grant insight into the potential and challenges of working at this intersection, while building a link between issues raised in previous and following panel discussions.

Where Art and Science meet - on creating a Third Culture


31.10., 14:45 - 16:45

With: Carsten Hucho, Sibylle Anderl, Christian de Lutz, Joanna Hoffmann, Ariane Koek.
Moderated by Teresa Dillon.

In 1959, C.P. Snow wrote his famous essay “The Two Cultures” in which he advocated for creating a space where the two cultures – art and science – could meet and start producing creative chances. The essay was one of the main inspirations for Bell Labs’ Billy Klüver to foster close collaborations between electrical engineers and artist. The result was some of the most inspiring works and collaborations of avant-garde artists who used electronics in the late 60s. The use of technology in and for the production of artworks is quite common now, but what about the natural sciences? What institutions and initiatives currently support artists who work in microbiology-labs, explore physical laws, or examine the behavior of electromagnetic waves? Why is this research important, scientifically and artistically? This panel joins professionals working at the intersection of art and science to answer questions about the importance and challenge of creating such “Third Culture”.


STATE Science Interactives

(c) John Morgan

(c) John Morgan

Calling all lab rats! STATE Interactives invites you to get studied, checked, and analyzed. Get down and dirty with real-life research and take part in (secret!) live experiments.

Time Bureau

31.10. / 1.11.

Sit back and let our time consultants lead you through a standardized, scientifically validated test that identifies individual time character- istics to offer lifestyle optimization suggestions for a happier, healthier life. Come by and get tested!

Illustrations: Irene Fernández Arcas

STATE Experiment

31.10. / 1.11.

Shhhh … this is secret. Come by and become part of an ongoing scientific experiment developed together with a leading international psychologist. 


STATE Performance

(c) Wehmeier, Schall&Schabel 

(c) Wehmeier, Schall&Schabel 

Life isn’t static, so why should we be? From media performances and projections to music and dance, STATE Performance embraces movement in all its shapes and forms to build an immersive audio-visual environment that makes science and art observable, movable, and groove-able.

John Kameel Farah:
Unfolding / Past Eras to Future Worlds

Piano concert, visuals

31.10., 20:15 - 21:15

A mesmerizing performance – half talk, half piano concert. From live acoustic interpretations of galaxy formations to explorations of rhythmic elements through musical history, this is a journey through time in music.

Diana Wehmeier, Schall & Schnabel:
PD 628 – space time

Dance, visuals

1.11., 20:30 - 21:00

Drawing from concepts in physics on the topic of time, such as illusion of present, future and past, space-time, entropy, acceleration and deceleration, time travel and black holes, this performance combines all these elements into one breath-taking narration.

Uta Eismann, Elise Drinkwater, Emily Ranford, Rachell Bo Clark, Karla Mendoza, Juliane Spannring

Manuel Rather

Constantijn Lange, Pfadfinderei

Audiovisual Live-Act

1.10., 22:00 - 23:00

Audiovisual Live-Act with electronic music from Laut&Luise's Constantijn Lange and visuals from Berlin's one-of-their-kinds Pfadfinderei.