Reagenz – Grenze des Systems – Dialog No. 4

Grenze des Systems
Dialog No. 4

30. Juni – 12. August



Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov was born in 1988. He currently lives and works in Moscow. Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov studied genetics (bioengineering), philology and art in Moscow. 

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.


Julia Joswig is a biologist and geographer by training and now working at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany in the field of functional ecology. More specifically she touches on the characteristics of global plant form and function.

The aim of her recent study was to quantify environmental drivers’ influence on global plant function. This simplification of plant- environment interaction will hopefully ameliorate global vegetation – atmosphere models but might also allow predictions about plant function with global change.


“We are presenting our idea of how nature regains ground on the man-made land of plastic, which floats with the size of a country in the Pacific, the so-called “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”.

In our discussions we brought together the fascination about form and function of plants and shaped it into a positive vision about the future. We imagined how natural processes might lead to the evolution of plants, that digest the unwanted and deadly remains of humans: Plastic”.

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