Events During the Exhibition

List of events taking place during the exhibition from 15-29 May 2022

All events take place in the exhibition space at the Orangery of the Botanical Garden.

The exhibition is open daily from 10am-7pm. On event days (17., 19., 24.05.) the exhibition closes at 4pm due to reconstruction.

Admission to all events, guided tours and the exhibition is free of charge.

The exhibit will also be on display at the University of Arizona in the fall of 2022.

When? What?
May 15th, 6pm Opening of the exhibition
May 17th, 6pm Lecture with Christoph Dittert (author of Perry Rhodan)
May 18th, 4pm

What can plants really do?

Special guided tour in cooperation with Dr. Dennise Bauer (Custodian of the Botanical Garden): The Custodian of the Botanical Garden, Dr. Dennise Bauer, and the head of the Eden Project, Katharina Scheerer, lead a tour through the Botanical Garden and compare what botany and literature know about plants.

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May 19th,  6pm

Lecture by Dr. Solvejg Nitzke (TU Dresden): „Dark Green Monsters. Thought Experiments in Botany“

Abstract: Science Fiction is not only a literary/fictional genre, but a mode of thinking through seemingly impossible propositions. New results in botany, plant physiology and neurology as well as ecology pose several such propositions: plants move and communicate, they remember and plan ahead – that sounds monstrous not only to an SF-inclined mind. In fact, the consequences of these scientific insights are not limited to science. To the contrary, many of the vegetal capabilities seem to transgress customary modes of knowledge production. The abstract insight into the epistemic conditions of human-plant-relationships become concrete in SF-tales, where trees walk, weeds form planets and the difference between vegetal and animal worlds blurs… In my talk, I will introduce several „dark green monsters“ as models for post-human ecologies and SF as an epistemic mode neither limited to science nor fiction.

The lecture will be given in German.

May 20th, 5pm

Guided Tour with Katharina Scheerer

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May 24th, 6pm WWU-Short Story Competition "Green Tales"
Award Ceremony and Reading of the winning stories
May 25th, 4pm

What can plants really do?

Special guided tour in cooperation with Dr. Dennise Bauer (Custodian of the Botanical Garden): The Custodian of the Botanical Garden, Dr. Dennise Bauer, and the head of the Eden Project, Katharina Scheerer, lead a tour through the Botanical Garden and compare what botany and literature know about plants.

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May 29th, 2pm

Guided Tour with Katharina Scheerer

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