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Julian Klein | a rose is

PRELUDE

HUM – die Kunst des Sammelns
A taxomanic show-jumping cours through the collections of the Museum of Natural History of the Humboldt University Berlin (2007/2008) WP

Julian Klein, concept/direction
Alexandra Deutschmann, Natalie Zehnder, room/costume
Daniel Kötter, video
Julia Gerlach, dramaturgy, production
Charles Oliver Coleman, scientifically project management
Robert Feigel, technical director

By and with the group a rose is, the curators of the Museum of Natural History and guests.

A production of KlangQuadrat – büro für kunst : : musik in cooperation with Museum of Natural History Berlin and MaerzMusik | Berliner Festspiele, supported by Elektronisches Studio der TU Berlin, klangzeitort, Vereinigung junger Freiwilliger e.V., die Junge Akademie, Classic Bike satis&fy AG Berlin.
Media partner Der Tagesspiegel
Made possible by a grant of the Schering Foundation.

Collection and organisation determine every-day life at the natural museum. In the research collection of the museum, usually not open to the public, the diversity of nature becomes physically palpable: thousands of birds, crayfish, spiders, serpents, fossils and stones are collected, labelled and categorized. With over 30 million pieces the Berlin collection is one of the extensive worldwide. HUM – Die Kunst des Sammelns (The Art of Collection) paints a portrait of the museum, artistic and documentary, by and with its scientist, in texts, spaces, sounds, objects and scenes, and tells us about the world contained in drawers and glass jars, about the human passion for collection and the power of orderliness: taxomania.