An artistic experimental arrangement by and with Judith Egger and Dieter Braun

Event Details


April 24 – May 14, 2017
Wed – Sun | 10 am – 6 pm

Free entrance

The artist is present in her "whiteBOX lab" between 10 am and 2.30 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

of the exhibition and a publication

Thursday, May 11,2017, 7 pm

Welcome: Frank Enzmann (art prize zwei:eins)
Dialogical lecture: Prof. Dieter Braun and Judith Egger
Moderation: Martina Taubenberger (whiteBOX)

whiteBOX will host the processual exhibition "Ursprung / Origins – eine Versuchsannäherung" (Origins – An experimental approach) from April 24 – May 14, 2017. Judith Egger, the 2015 winner of Munich's new "zwei:eins" art award, and her project partner Dieter Braun will erect an artistic laboratory at whiteBOX over the course of three weeks. This will form the backdrop for the dialogue between the artist and scientist, featuring objects, videos, interviews and presentation of the tie-in book. At the same time, they will develop a stand-alone installative environment, depicting a wild mix of Dieter Braun's laboratory and Judith Egger's studio – all this in full view of the exhibition visitors.

The "zwei:eins" Munich Art Award has been awarded annually since 2015. With a prize fund of €12,000, the prize is awarded to artists of any age who were born in Munich or have any other type of connection to the city. In other words, it is open to anybody who studies, lives or works here, or has done so in the past. The prize is supported, awarded and overseen by a network of cultural players and institutions in Munich. The "SoNet – Soziales Netzwerk e.V.“ association kindly donates the prize money. The award is granted to a project idea from the field of visual arts which collaborates with a non-artistic or scientific discipline. Hence the name zwei:eins (two:one).

The prize-winning project "Ursprung – eine Versuchsannäherung" (Origin – An experimental approach) sees Judith Egger working for the very first time with a natural scientist. In his laboratory at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Dieter Braun, Professor of Biophysics, searches for new insights into the emergence of life on earth over three billion years ago. In his work, he investigates which processes accelerated the evolution of the very first molecules, for example. In a similar vein (but in a totally different realm), the artist Judith Egger is plagued by a desire to identify the "life force" – the power behind the origins of life. Her huge array of installations, drawings and performances over the past few years are testament to her "search". Needless to say, different rules hold sway in these two very different worlds – art and science – resulting in an exciting dialogue between two highly divergent languages and methods aimed at gaining insights into the mysteries of the world. The collaboration between the two project partners over the course of the past 18 months led to a type of "feedback spiral" – an exchange in which photos, films, interviews, installations, drawings and objects are deployed, acting as means of communication. Judith Egger has artistically documented this dialogue, which is brought to life via this exhibition at whiteBOX and in the pages of the tie-in book.


The artists

Judith Egger

The artist lives and works in Munich. She studied at the Royal College of Arts, London, where she was awarded her master’s degree in 2001. She has held numerous solo and group exhibitions both at home and abroad. She founded the artistic "Institute for Hybristics and Empirical Sciences of Swelling Bodies" back in 2004. Judith Egger regards this organisation as a kind of research laboratory in which she finds inspiration for her work: the artistic design and depiction of the life force, using drawings, object art and performance. She approaches the topic with the utmost concentration and an impartial mind. Nevertheless, viewers will find themselves captivated by Egger's works on a highly sensual level. The materials used by the artist come from organic and plant sources. This allows anarchic growth, sprawl and flow processes to take shape.



Dieter Braun

Prof. Dieter Braun is an expert in systems biophysics. He studied physics at Ulm University and the Technical University of Munich, graduating in 1997. He was awarded a doctorate summa cum laude from the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in 2000, was a postdoctoral researcher at the Rockefeller University from 2000 – 2003 and qualified as a professor in physics in Munich in 2007. He is a Professor of Biophysics at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. He was awarded a starting grant by the European Research Council in 2010. Braun was presented with the Klung Wilhelmy Weberbank Award in 2011 for "his insights into the origins of life on earth over three billion years ago". Dieter Braun set up the OLIM Network (Origins of Life Initiative Munich) in 2016, in which several Munich-based scientists from various disciplines are involved.



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