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Arts & Science in Hamburg’s City Hall

From 1 – 15 June 2017 the cluster of excellence CUI presents images from the micro world in Hamburg’s City Hall. The exhibition is centered around the beauty of visualizations of scientific phenomena and structures researched by the Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging, flanked by photographs of experiments and labs.

Photo taken by transmission electron microscope: the properties of nanomaterials are dominated by their size, shape, and composition. © Andreas Kornowski, AG Weller (Universität Hamburg)

Is it Pop-Art, Aboriginal drawings or visualizations from psychedelic experiences? The exhibition “Arts & Science” reveals itself on closer inspection: It presents images from the micro world of scientific fundamental research at the cluster of excellence CUI – wavelike shapes and colour explosions, but also direct images recorded with electron microscopes. There is a lot of room for interpretation and it is up to the observers to just let the beauty of the images sink in or to learn about the physics and chemistry behind the images from the accompanying texts in English and German.

Apparatus at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science for the preparation of biological molecules. © CUI, Photografer: Peter Garten; Apparatus: AG Küpper (Universität Hamburg, DESY)

“We want to invite visitors to discover the artistic and aesthetic components of natural science,” Prof. Peter Schmelcher, member of the CUI board, says. “Arts & Science” shows poster-sized visualizations from scientific phenomena that are investigated within the CUI research, complemented by photos of the ultra-modern laboratories and light sources.

The opening hours for visiting the exhibition are: Monday to Friday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am – 5 pm. At Whit Weekend the opening hours of the City Hall foyer are: Saturday 10:00 am – 5 pm, Whitsunday closed, Whit Monday 10:00 am – 5 pm.

Entrance is free of charge.