13:00 - Doors open exhibition.
14:30 - 16:00 Constance Sommerey and Koen Beumer
16:00 - 20:00 Demontage Finissage with music by Kyll Kenn
German zoologist Ernst Haeckel, whose amazing Kunstformen have been displayed at Mediamatic for the past two months, was one of the most passionate propagators of evolution in the mid-nineteenth century. Ever since Charles Darwin published his On the Origin of Species in 1859, evolution has spawned controversy. We will use this closing event as an opportunity to address some of these controversies. Haeckel-expert Constance Sommerey will reconstruct the history of how Haeckel’s unencumbered belief in human animal descent and the refutation of the biblical Genesis eventually led to a ban of the entire subject of biology from German secondary schools in 1882. Sociologist of science Koen Beumer will then show how ideas about evolution have also caused a great deal of debate in research by discussing controversial studies into human-animal hybrids.
Constance Sommerey is a lecturer and PhD candidate at Maastricht University where she studies Haeckel’s rhetoric of evolution and its reverberations in German biology textbooks published in the first six decades of the twentieth century. She is interested in the representation of scientific theories through time.
Koen Beumer is lecturer at the University of Amsterdam and a PhD candidate at Maastricht University where he studies technologies in developing countries. He is interested in human-animal relations and frequently writes about biology for sciencepalooza.nl.
Help us break down the exhibition by buying one of the hanging posters on November 23.
Ensure you get your favorite poster and come by Mediamatic Fabriek to buy and reserve your first pick for only €20,00. The poster itself can be taken down during the closing event from 16:00-18:00. After 16:00 on the 23rd the posters will drop dramatically in price from only €10,00 (from 16:00 - 18:00) to a staggering €5,00 (after 18:00)!
If your poster is taken, no worries: we can still print you a brand new one for 40 euros. You can order them at the information desk until the 20th of November.
We also have some wearable Haeckel for sale. We created 3 special Kunstformen t-shirt designs. Unixex, black and white and in 4 different sizes. €27,00 each.
Kunstformen Closing Finissage
Sunday November 23rd, 13:00 - 20:00
Mediamatic Fabriek, VOC-kade 10, Amsterdam
Tickets: €5,00 for a 9 week Mediamatic Membership
After 16:00 for free.
Note: You yourself will be responsible for taking down and shipping the poster. All posters that are not picked up by 18:00 will go back in sale. It is not possible to reserve a poster by