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Institut für Raumexperimente e.V.

The Institut für Raumexperimente e.V. (Institute for Spatial Experiments) developed out of the Institut für Raumexperimente, Berlin University of the Arts. Since January 2015, the Institut für Raumexperimente e.V., a non-profit registered association (e.V.), has maintained the institute’s comprehensive online archive. It also continues to develop projects with select partners.

From 2009 to 2014, the Institut für Raumexperimente, under the direction of Olafur Eliasson and co-directors Eric Ellingsen and Christina Werner, and in affiliation with the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), served as an internationally recognised project for arts education and research. One of the central tenets in the methodology of the Institut für Raumexperimente was to curate learning situations of uncertain certainty. These teaching experiments allowed unexpected ideas and energies to emerge from within the unique micro-ecologies of collaborations with international guests, practitioners, scientists, and institutions from across a broad spectrum of different disciplines. By cultivating engagement among divergent fields of theory and practice, the program created an atmosphere of experimentation that challenged the norms by which we learn how to learn and continues to inform the unfolding of its ongoing projects.