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Ein Gesicht zur Hälfte Eule, zur Hälfte Mensch, blickt hinter Pflanzen hervor
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The fox on the sidewalk, the crow in the park, the neighbor's dog: in cities we get closer - but what do we know about each other? What do we see in animals and what happens when the gaze of an animal hits us? Without animals and their benefits, the human species would not be what it is. And yet, with their actions, they are currently triggering a dramatic extinction of species. What is the meaning of this dividing line that distinguishes between humans and other creatures? Can we fully understand ourselves without the relationship to the animal?

Surrounded by "silent witnesses" - the thousands of exhibits in the Museum of Natural History - we hear about the echoes of animals in music and in the human psyche, in dreams and myths, with musicians Miguel Pérez Iñesta and Kaan Bulak. Religious scholar Klaus Fitschen also reports on the "sacred languages" attributed to birds and other animals, while human biologist and cognitive researcher Katja Liebal describes her daily encounters with great apes and their emotional and cognitive abilities. What do we learn from and with them? What do animals see that we don't?

With Prof. Dr. Katja Liebal (University of Leipzig, AG Human Biology and Primate Cognition), Prof. Dr. Klaus Fitschen (University of Leipzig, Church History) and the musicians Miguel Pérez Iñesta (Clarinet) and Kaan Bulak (Electronics).

Conception and review: Bernhard Glocksin, Sabrina Rossetto

Moderation: Bernhard Glocksin

Event information

  • 06.02.2023, 20:00h
  • Tickets are available at the ticketshop of the Neuköllner Oper
  • Please understand that we do not offer drinks on site. We therefore allow you to bring small bottles (up to 0.5 liters) of non-alcoholic beverages.

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An event in the framework of the WUNDERKAMMER-series of the NKO in cooperation with the Ernst Schering Foundation