Finnish Artist Emilia Tikka chosen as Artist in Residence at Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine

Finnish Artist Emilia Tikka chosen as Artist in Residence at Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine

We are excited to announce that, out of 40 submissions from 12 countries, Finnish artist Emilia Tikka has been chosen as the winning artist for the Artist Residency on the Science of Genome Editing at MDC, with her project The DORIAN-GRAY-KIT – Trajectories of Rejuvenation between Self-Experiments and CRISPR-cas9

STATE Festival Major Supporter: Bayer Kultur

We are fortunate to receive major funding from Bayer Kultur, one of Germany's biggest supporters of developing German cultural talent.

Since 1908, when they sought to increase cultural access for their workforce in Leverkusen by building a Concert Hall and Theatre, Bayer have developed their support of cultural outreach programs, and cultural talent, into a separate, and prodigious, support body – Bayer Kultur, which sponsors some 120 events a year across many artforms, and is a major sponsor and partner in STATE Festival 2016.

Initially, they focussed on traditional music and theatre offerings, but now assist projects across the fields of music, visual art, theatre and dance. Youth education programs are also an important part of Bayer Kultur’s modus operandi, providing students at various Design and Art schools across Germany support and also the opportunity to exhibit their work. Thomas Helfrich, Head of Bayer Kultur, believes that the link between education and culture should be “unconditionally entwined, so that, socially, they function together.”

A major part of their work is the stARTacademy, a development program for talented young artists. Started in 2009, stARTacademy has supported some notable successes including ECHO Prizewinner, the jazz pianist and singer Olivia Trummer and chamber music group Signum Quartett. The idea is not only to provide foundational funding, but to accompany young performers and artists through their career development. Helfrich speaks of “cultural mentoring”, and across 2016 and 2017, Bayer Kultur are redeveloping their support programs to offer early-to-mid career support for their artists, including developing and artists’ network, and workshops on practical business issues like searching for management and legal support, to ensure the healthiest possible career path from their artists’ formative stages into their creative maturity.

This is where Bayer Kultur shows its willingness to take longer-term risks on new creativity. An unconventional science communication project like STATE Festival aims to be multimodal, collaborative, grassroots and accessible, to develop and showcase the innovative young people and ideas that will eventually filter up into more mainstream academic and industrial communities, and to engage the public openly and collaboratively in the ideas that will shape their world to come.

Where other more traditional funding sources seek fairly traditional outcomes, Bayer Kultur was supportive of our desire to create a new cultural space in Germany where science and art could feed each other freely, and of our rather radical presentation style – the immersive playfulness of the best techno festivals with the intellectual heft of serious science conferences. Fusion Festival meets Falling Walls, perhaps?

Deriving its new name from the Platonic ideal of the academy as a kind of "society for scientific and artistic research", stARTacademy exemplifies the belief, as STATE Festival does, that the term "research" shows exactly what kind of work is involved, and what kind of work Bayer Kultur prefers to support and develop: an exchange, and the joint discovery of, and expansion of, cultural horizons. In Bayer Kultur’s mission to accompany creative and talented young people, they are supporting us in our mission to bring art to science, and science to the people.

Apart from STATE Festival, check out a few more of Bayer Kultur’s talented prodigies here:

Tamar Beraia - Website:   

Tobias Feldmann - Website:   

Bundesjugendballett - Website:

 Thomas Helfrich, Leiter Bayer Kultur © Behrendt und Rausch

Thomas Helfrich, Leiter Bayer Kultur © Behrendt und Rausch

STATE Festival 2016 + IDEO U

After many months of program preparation, scientific papers and production sheets, STATE Festival 2016 is finally taking shape. Our ‘sentimental machine’/ emotions themed website will be launching shortly, and we are almost ready to announce some of our progressive program highlights and participants, at the edge of emotions research.

We are very honored to have an amazing range of partners supporting our cause and helping to bring the festival to you, with future opportunities to engage in various ways with science, education, culture and creativity. We will reveal these opportunities to you, our community, as the program unfolds. 

Our first introduction is with IDEO UIDEO is an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to fueling innovation and growth. The IDEO U online school aims to unlock creative potential through design thinking and collaboration. The classes encourage participants from varying disciplines to use creative tools to address a vast range of challenges. The upcoming course "From Ideas to Action" will teach the methodology that IDEO experts rely on to unlock new visions of the future and will focus on Idea Cultivation, Rapid Prototyping and Strategic Iteraction

You feel that this could just be the sort of training that you would benefit from for your upcoming project? Then you will be happy to hear that our friends from IDEO were giving us 3 free grants to the online course (originally valued 399$) which we would like to forward to you, our festival community. Please find more details on the course and how you can apply for the scholarship below. 

3 Free IDEO U Online Course Scholarships

Application deadline: 11.9.2016
Duration of course: 14.9.2016– 19.10.2016

The 3 complimentary passes grant full enrollment into the Ideas to Action online coursework, beginning on September 14th, aimed at generating and bringing creative ideas to life.

The self-paced 5 week course, led by Stanford professor and toy inventor Brendan Boyle, aims to help students learn and practice multiple skills for moving from ideas to action.

To enter the chance to win one of the three class scholarships, please e-mail to (subj.: IDEO U) and let us know why you should be given one of the three free scholarships to the course!

Please provide following information in your email:

1. What are your intentions in taking the Ideas to Action coursework? In your own words: do you have an idea you’re hoping to bring to conclusion, or are you looking for inspiration?
2. Please confirm that you have read the course info, and are aware of its scope and willing to commit to it from September 14th, 2016?
3. Please provide us with your full first and last name as well as a contact email address. By participating in the application, you agree to be added to the festival newsletter. 
4. ...and last, but not least one for us: How did you find out about STATE Festival and what are you expecting from this years edition?

The three winners will be notified on Monday, September 12th, 2016. Application deadline is on September 11th, 2016.

We are looking forward to your applications and big thank you again IDEO for the opportunity and supporting us!