Der Schwarm kommt… The swarm is coming…

5–10 November 2012

Invididual Production
Intervention in public space
Swarm laboratory

Various places in Berlin
TAK—Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg, Prinzenstraße 85 F


Armin Linke, Adrian Lohmüller


Daniel Braun, Matthias Einhoff, Howard Huang, Mehdi Moussaid, Michaela Ott, Schneider TM, Superschool

Project group

Benjamin de Burca, Jan Sauerwald, Friederike Schäfer, Anna Schäffler, Franziska Solte

1. Steer towards the average heading of local flockmates.
2. Steer to avoid crowding local flockmates.
3. Steer to move toward the average position of local flockmates.
(Craig Reynolds, 1986)

The three swarm rules organize how hundreds of buffalos move through the prairie, thousands of birds fly around the globe, and tens of thousands of fish swim through oceans. How can one transfer the phenomenon of an ad hoc self-organized, non-hierarchical mass and its emergent effect between alleged chaos and new structure to human behavior? Can humans operate as a swarm? The swarm-lab investigates the principle of swarm behavior artistically-experimentally, and will discuss it with scientists and artists.

An exhibition on ‘The swarm-principle’ is taking place at Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg in 2012


Nov. 5 to 10, 2012, intervention in public space
Research in public space:
‘DromDromDrom’ by Adrian Lohmüller
An intervention in the streets of Berlin

November 10, 2-7pm, TAK—Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg
Interdisciplinary behavioral research:
A Swarm-lab with Daniel Braun (neurologist, MPI, Tübingen), Armin Linke (artist), Adrian Lohmüller (artist), Mehdi Moussaid (ethologist, MPI, Berlin), Michaela Ott (Professor for aesthetic theories, HFBK, Hamburg) et al.
In a setting by Matthias Einhoff in collaboration with Howard Huang, Schneider TM and Superschool

Aufbau Kreuzberg
Aufbau Haus
Prinzenstraße 85 F
10969 Berlin

The event will mainly be in German.