Microplastic and Medusae

Research Travel #1

In spring 2017, Roman Kroke embarked on his first research travel visiting several laboratories in France and Germany in order to exchange with scientists currently involved in projects on “microplastics”: Prof. Dr. Jérôme Cachot, Florane Le Bihanic (University of Bordeaux/FR, Institute of Ecotoxicology); Dr. Annika Jahnke, Dr. Dana Kühnel, Christoph Rummel (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ); Dr. Marie-Laure Bégout (IFREMER, French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea/FR); Dr. Annegret Potthoff (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS); Dr. Fabienne Lagarde (University of Maine/FR, Institute for Molecules and Materials). During this first research travel, Roman Kroke also visited the Aquarium La Rochelle (FR) where the biologist Pierre Morinière introduced him to the beauty and fragility of martime life.

On the basis of his research Roman Kroke will create a series of artworks and elaborate a workshop concept for students of the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and the Technical University of Berlin (TU). The  project will be located at the intersection of art, science and philosophy (“sustainable development”).  The pilot-project at the UdK will be launched in the Winter Semester 2017/2018 and is supported by the Hybrid Plattform. The Hybrid Plattform is a cross-disciplinary project platform of  the UdK and the TU Berlin where artists, scientists and experts collaborate beyond their individual disciplines and universities, investigating future-oriented topics and issues. Roman Kroke will henceforth propose this project concept to other European Universities and adapt it for interdisciplinary projects on school level (art, biology, chemistry, physics, philosophy).