Grenze des Systems
Dialog No. 4

30. Juni 2018, ab 19.00 Uhr



Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov was born in 1988. He currently lives and works in Moscow. Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov studied genetics (bioengineering) and philology in Moscow. After finishing his academic studies, Ilya took an interest in art, actively sketching and creating ideas for his future works.

The main motif of Fedotov-Fedorov’s art is the use of natural scientific knowledge. The artist adopts its main characteristics: the depiction of biological processes and forms from the cell to the habitat, linguistic features and ways of presenting knowledge (formulas, drawings, and so on), methodological principles and types of representation (entomological collections, card catalogues). With their help, he reveals the subjective nature of the acquisition of knowledge and its dependence on individual experience. He shows that we perceive and describe the surrounding world in accordance with the language we use.

The artist’s portfolio includes a large number of solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries in Russia and Europe. The artist was nominee for the State Prize in Contemporary Art “Innovation-2018”  in the category “New Generation” (Russia). Ilya participated in the Main Project (New Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow) and Parallel Programme of the 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art, residencies in Spain and Switzerland. In 2018 Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov will take a part in a residency at the Jan van Eyck Academy (Maastricht, Netherlands).  The artist had been selected by the Vroman Foundation as its first Fellow.


PhD in Biology. Plant strategies in the environment, considering land-use change with a research stay at the University of Santander in Bucaramanga (Colombia) and the Research Group Functional Biogeography at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena (Germany).
Research Focus:
What can we learn from the covariances of global plant traits? To which extent do subgroups differ in their function or strategy? How do community strategies link to their abiotic environment? The data Basis: Assessment of potential global trait patterns’ alteration due to gap-filling.
Research Interests:
Plant function, namely trait identity and diversity are linked to the individual plants’ performances. They enable to glimpse into processes that shaped the form and function of todays plant kingdom. I would like to understand better which major processes lead to todays’ functional diversity in different plant groups, may it be due to multivariate whole plant trade- offs or due to broad scale environmental filtering. On the long term I aim to understand the impact of anthropogenic land use change on the functional traits globally.

2013 – 2014 Sensitivity Ananlysis of the gap-filling algorithm HPMF, 2010 – 2013 Master studies of Geography at the Georg August University of Göttingen, Gothenburg and Dresden with emphasis on soil sciences, field research at the Estación Científica San Francisco in Ecuador. 2006 – 2010 Bachelor studies of Biology at the Georg August University of Göttingen and the Free University of Berlin


15. August – 16. September 2018

15. August, ab 19.00 Uhr