Christina Panholzer

The Haeckel Project

As some of you might have already noticed, reaching our location became a bit of an adventure due to construction works near Oosterdok. Yet, we are not isolated on our island, but there are still several ways to reach us, see here. In addition, the collaboration with neighbouring institutions draws our area more together than ever. Ernst Haeckel, an evolutionary biologist and "the German Darwin" is the inspiration for us. Science, Innovation, and Art are attributes that stand not only for Haeckel’s oeuvre but also describe the collaboration of Expeditie Oosterdok and hence Mediamatic.

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Navicula. / Diatomea. Schachtellinge. - Lithograph by Ernst Haeckel and Adolf Giltsch Plate 84 from Kunstformen der Natur. This is one of the 100 pop science biology illustrations that were published from 1899 – 1904 in Leipzig by Ernst Haeckel through Verlag des Bibliographischen Instituts. Ernst Haeckel (DE), Adolf Giltsch

Oosterdok is located in the heart of Amsterdam – where for centuries innovation has gone hand in hand with an urge for adventure. A passion for exploration and creativity are in the district’s DNA. Mediamatic is among 10 other institutions who together form a collaboration to enhance the prominence of this area. Since February 2017, these joined forces build the partnership of Expeditie Oosterdok. By working together, we aim to deliver a strong, comprehensive programme of events tailored to our location. We don’t shy away from experiment. In contrast, our collaborative programming of projects means that Oosterdok is known as the place for discovery, innovation, and internationalisation, where everyone is welcome.

Ernst Haeckel is an inspiration to us. In the past, Mediamatic already expressed the admiration with programs around Haeckel as an evolutionary biologist as well as gifted draughtsman and painter. You can read about it here. The visualisations around Haeckel’s work connect scientific research with artistic expression. This mindset is what triggers the Haeckel-Project in bringing together all kinds of cultural institutions within the Oosterdok region. Haeckel’s iconic illustrations serve as symbols for Expeditie Oosterdok’s mission to raise cultural and scientific collaboration and to push the significance of the Oosterdok-area in Amsterdam.

Starting from April, Mediamatic together with our partners of Expeditie Oosterdok will jointly introduce an all-inclusive programme of projects with discovery at its core.

Save the date: On April 21st, Mediamatic will host an OpenDay with a program around Ernst Haeckel, Expeditie Oosterdok and Discovery.

Till then, keep exploring the way to Mediamatic and the Oosterdok islands.

  

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Tafel 82 - Hepaticae - One of our early scanning efforts in reduced resolution. We'll keep them coming! Ernst Haeckel (DE)

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Tafel #85 - Third place in our chart belongs to the colorful poster depicting very special species called Tunicata. It has very unique and independent position among invertebrates.

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Presentation in the Haeckel Room - The Haeckel Room is suitable for short quick presentations. The space is adjacent to the restaurant of Mediamatic ETEN which means that the space is never completely private. Anisa Xhomaqi

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Xiphacantha. / Acanthometra. Stachelstrahlinge - detail - Plate 21 from Kunstformen der Natur. Lithograph by Ernst Haeckel and Adolf Giltsch   This is a detail of plate 21 , one of the 100 pop science biology illustrations that were published from 1899 – 1904 in Leipzig by Ernst Haeckel through Verlag des Bibliographischen Instituts, Giltsch Lithografische Anstalt Jena . We've scanned the original lithography, you can download it by clicking on the picture.   

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Collosphaera. / Polycyttaria. Vereins-Strahlinge - detail - Plate 51 from Kunstformen der Natur.   Lithograph by Ernst Haeckel and Adolf Giltsch   This is a detail of plate 51 , one of the 100 pop science biology illustrations that were published from 1899 – 1904 in Leipzig by Ernst Haeckel through Verlag des Bibliographischen Instituts, Giltsch Lithografische Anstalt Jena . We've scanned the original lithography, you can download it by clicking on the picture.    Ernst Haeckel (DE)

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Porpema. / Siphonophorae. Staatsquallen - detail - Plate 17 from Kunstformen der Natur. Lithograph by Ernst Haeckel and Adolf Giltsch   This is a detail of plate 17 , one of the 100 pop science biology illustrations that were published from 1899 – 1904 in Leipzig by Ernst Haeckel through Verlag des Bibliographischen Instituts, Giltsch Lithografische Anstalt Jena . We've scanned the original lithography, you can download it by clicking on the picture.   

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Pediastrum. / Melethallia. Gesellige Algetten - detail - Plate 34 from Kunstformen der Natur. Lithograph by Ernst Haeckel and Adolf Giltsch   This is a detail of plate 34, one of the 100 pop science biology illustrations that were published from 1899 – 1904 in Leipzig by Ernst Haeckel through Verlag des Bibliographischen Instituts, Giltsch Lithografische Anstalt Jena . We've scanned the original lithography, you can download it by clicking on the picture.   

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Carmaris. / Trachomedusae. Kolbenquallen - detail - Plate 26 from Kunstformen der Natur. Lithograph by Ernst Haeckel and Adolf Giltsch   This is a detail of plate 26 , one of the 100 pop science biology illustrations that were published from 1899 – 1904 in Leipzig by Ernst Haeckel through Verlag des Bibliographischen Instituts, Giltsch Lithografische Anstalt Jena . We've scanned the original lithography, you can download it by clicking on the picture.