The History of Uncertainty
Philip Kanwischer – 16.6.–21.7.2023

The History of Uncertainty (Die Geschichte der Verunsicherung). 16.6.–21.7.2023
Exhibition by Philip Kanwischer at Physikalisches Institut, Universität Heidelberg




The exhibition “The History of Uncertainty (Die Geschichte der Verunsicherung)” by the artist Philip Kanwischer is presented by IsoQuant and Kalamari Klub and opens June 15, 2023, 19:00 CET at Physikalisches Institut, University of Heidelberg.

During his collaboration with researchers from the Collaborative Research Centre IsoQuant, Philip Kanwischer explored the fundamental role of probability in quantum physics. In his exhibition „The History of Uncertainty (Die Geschichte der Verunsicherung)”, he now shows the resulting works in a section of the Physikalisches Institut. Kanwischer, whose works are often rooted in an associative play of language, connects the concept of probability to the sea. Starting from there, he uses photographs, objects and cinematic collages to navigate narratively through sunken Roman merchant ships, the history of insurance, and current supply chain issues, all the while maintaining the connection to quantum physics.

The exhibition “The History of Uncertainty (Die Geschichte der Verunsicherung)” is curated by Nicolas Reinhart and produced as part of a SciArt collaboration between the Collaborative Research Centre IsoQuant at the University of Heidelberg and the international artist collective Kalamari Klub. The collaboration was established in 2021 and aims to initiate curiosity-driven engagement between artists, scientists and other members of the society, promoting a spirit of co-learning and equality while helping to communicate knowledge through cross-disciplinary collaboration and artistic research.

The artist Philip Kanwischer was invited as SciArt artist-in-residence and spent six months in Heidelberg between October 2021 and March 2022. Kanwischer, born 1991 in Bamberg, Germany, studied Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig, Germany and at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Napoli, Italy. In his work, he combines images and text into narrative installations, studying the perception of catastrophic events and the tense relation between human and nature. His works have been included in numerous solo and group shows. He lives and works in Leipzig, Germany.

The History of Uncertainty (Die Geschichte der Verunsicherung)
Exhibition by Philip Kanwischer, 16.6.–21.7.2023

Opening reception: Thursday, June 15, 2023, 19:00 CET
Physikalisches Institut, Im Neuenheimer Feld 226, 69120 Heidelberg

Welcome and introductions by: 

Dr. Lisa Ringena, Science Communication, IsoQuant
Tina Kuka, Coordination, IsoQuant
Nicolas Reinhart. Artistic Director, Kalamari Klub
Prof. Dr. Markus K. Oberthaler. Steering Board Member, IsoQuant

The artist is present.

Presented by IsoQuant and Kalamari Klub
Curated by Nicolas Reinhart