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Improvisation in the exploratorium berlin

    • for music and other arts,
    • for professionals & amateurs,
    • for young & old …
    • for educators and scientists
    • for all with curiosity and desire for artistic expeditions

We understand improvisation as a kind of artistic everyday language, which is suitable as an introduction to music making as well as an art form on a high level.

We offer the whole range: concerts, workshops & courses, ensembles, open sessions, discussions and a library.
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2023fri13jan(jan 13)18:00sun15(jan 15)18:00FeaturedSharing Vulnerability in Amerta Movement18:00 - 18:00 (15) exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance Dlearn:Weekend Workshop facilitator: Bettina Mainz & Michael Dick

Workshop Amerta Bettina Mainz und Michael Dick


Bettina Mainz & Michael Dick


Friday, 13. 01. 2023 | 18:00 - Sunday, 15. 01. 2023 | 18:00


exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance D


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Amerta is movement in connection – we touch what is vulnerable and alive.

In this workshop we invite you to experience a flow of life that carries us through time. How does it touch us and (how) do we notice it? Can we feel it while remaining still and in the moment or involve ourselves with ‘heart and soul’ in our dance? We may be experiencing in our own way “that existence of a continuous stream of life that can produce bliss” (Arymurthy 1979). Completely nonjudgmentally, we can practice following the impulses and sensations that arise. And even if we then move in a strange and unknown way, something may be touched that is vulnerable and alive.

We then also practice

  • To move in resonance with our environment.
  • Doing non-doing, where moving and being moved” flow into each other.
  • To follow impulses coming from the world of reality and from the world of dreams, gravity and weightlessness; we move with the tangible and the invisible.
  • Being an audience at the same time as we do (audience samadhi): We relax, receive, perceive and witness what is happening; from here we get involved again and incubate something, give birth to movement that was just unseen.

The workshop is aimed at everyone who enjoys exploring movement together. Beginners are cordially invited.

More about Amerta Movement among others here: www.schule-der-bewegung.net


Sharing Movement Meeting

Sunday: 16.00 Admission and Arrival | 16.30-18.00 Moving and Sharing

After our workshop, we invite you to a movement meeting in the space of the exploratorium. All old hands of Amerta Movement are welcome, but also newcomers or simply curious people who would like to get to know this movement practice, also musicians who would like to add music to the meeting.

We open up the space for free, shared movement and exchange our experiences afterwards.


In times of Corona, special rules also apply in the exploratorium, which are summarized here.

2023fri27jan20:00FeaturedSound & Lecture N° 20: "(Musical) Ethics Lab Satellite 1"20:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Cstage:sound & lecturethink:Sound & Lecture


Friday, 27. 01. 2023 | 20:00


exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C



Concert + talk in German

Christopher A. Williams (US/AT) – concept, direction, double bass
Carl Ludwig Hübsch (DE) – tuba
Christoph Irmer (DE) – violin
Magda Mayas (DE) – piano
Nina Polaschegg
(AT) – double bass
Wolfgang Schliemann (DE) – percussion
Moderation: Mathias Maschat

In the context of free improvisation, the question of its ethical and thus also its political dimension goes back to its early phase in the 1960s. Their relevance is unbroken to this day and perhaps more relevant than ever: reason enough to raise and discuss them as the topic of the last symposium in the old rooms of the exploratorium.

As the opening of the Symposium / Open Space: Improvisation and Ethics, the double bass player, composer and artistic researcher Christopher Williams is a guest, who, together with the anthropologist Caroline Gatt and the philosopher Joshua Bergamin, is responsible for the research project (Musical) Improvisation and Ethics. Together with Carl Ludwig Hübsch (tuba), Christoph Irmer (violin), Magda Mayas (piano), Nina Polaschegg (double bass) and Wolfgang Schliemann (percussion), he will in the course of a workshop concert raise and discuss questions  about the connections between ethics and improvisation. (Musical) Ethics Lab Satellite 1 is the title of this 20th edition of the exploratorium’s Sound & Lecture series, which combines music and discussion. At the same time, the event belongs to a series of public presentations that are part of the research process of the Graz project and at the same time document its progress.

The basis for the concert are exercises and interactive situations developed by Christopher Williams, which serve to work out the ethical aspects contained in improvisational practice and to make them visible. In addition, it is asked how these aspects in turn affect the musical material and the resulting structures. Another topic in the discussion moderated by Mathias Maschat is the improvisational nature of ethical behavior in general.

With Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Christoph Irmer, Magda Mayas, Nina Polaschegg and Wolfgang Schliemann, five renowned improvisers have been invited, all of whom work theoretically, journalistically or scientifically on improvisation beyond their musical practice. Not only in regard to this discursive level they are connected to the exploratorium in some ways.

Anyone who would like to delve further into the topic of ‘improvisation and ethics’ can take part in the following Symposium / Open space (January 28th and 29th, 2023). The two days will be held as an open space, in which the exact procedures and topics will be developed together in the process. Some keynote speeches offer different approaches to the topic. More information can be found here.


Admission: 12/10/6 €  (normal price/reduced/Berlin-Pass)

19.00 soundwalk with Thomas Gerwin


The concert and talk will also be live streamed via our YouTube channel:


All currently valid Corona regulations in the exploratorium can be found here.

2023sat28jan(jan 28)10:00sun29(jan 29)16:00FeaturedSymposium / Open Space: Improvisation und Ethik8th Symposium at the exploratorium berlin10:00 - 16:00 (29) exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Cthink:Symposium


Saturday, 28. 01. 2023 | 10:00 - Sunday, 29. 01. 2023 | 16:00


exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C


Symposium / Open Space: Improvisation und Ethik
8th Symposium at the exploratorium berlin

With Joshua Bergamin, Helmut Bieler-Wendt, Tina Burova, Caroline Gatt, Christoph Irmer, Mathias Maschat, Annemarie Michel, Christopher A. Williams a. o.

Language: Mostly German

The registration deadline has been January 15th, 2023. Registering for participation is not possible anymore.

From 27th to 29th January, 2023, the exploratorium berlin will hold its 8th symposium as part of Denkraum Improvisation, which this time will have a strong open space character. The topic of the symposium / open space is the connection between improvisation and ethics.

In the context of free improvisation, the question of its ethical and thus also its political dimension goes back to its early phase in the 1960s. Since then, reference has repeatedly been made to the ethical anchoring, but also to the ethical potential of improvisation. This aspect is cited both by musicians – such as by Cornelius Cardew in his paradigmatic text Towards an Ethic of Improvisation from 1971 – and in an academic context such as by the Canadian research project Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP), which regards “musical improvisation as a crucial model for political, cultural and ethical dialogue and action”. In the exploratorium, too, we understand the principles of improvisation as ethical, which is one of the reasons for our concern for the mediation of improvisation.

The cornerstones of improvisation include self-organization, personal responsibility, autonomy, cooperation, creative interaction, uncertainty of outcome, free design and processuality. These characteristics link improvisation with the open space method. What is decisive with open space is that there is no externally prescribed time structure and that the topics are brought up by the participants themselves and worked out together. The exchange, the discussions, the communication are central – and that one can act freely according to one’s own interests and priorities. This special form of open space is intended to form the framework for the last symposium in the old rooms of the exploratorium. At the same time, a space for encounters is created in which, with a view to ethics, one of the central questions in relation to improvisation represents the thematic focus – and in which, last but not least, the space for musical and artistic improvisation is opened up as a special characteristic of open space.

In the fundamental openness of a changing method, some shorter impulse presentations are planned, which offer different approaches to the topic: Peace and improvisation (Helmut Bieler-Wendt), improvising equality (Tina Burova), improvisation and ethics as first philosophy in Lévinas (Christoph Irmer), resonance as an ethic of improvisation (Mathias Maschat) and improvisation and the good life (Annemarie Michel). In addition, with Anatomy of a (Musical) Ethics Lab, Joshua Bergamin, Caroline Gatt and Christopher A. Williams present their research project (Musical) Improvisation and Ethics and report on their methods and the research results of the first year of the project; the project is hosted by three universities, the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, the Karl Franzens University of Graz and the University of Vienna.

The Symposium / Open Space: Improvisation and Ethics, on January 27th, 2023 at 8:00 pm, kicks off as the 20th edition of the exploratorium’s Sound & Lecture series with a workshop concert and discussion entitled: (Musical) Ethics Lab Satellite 1. Christopher Williams, together with Carl Ludwig Hübsch (tuba), Christoph Irmer (violin), Magda Mayas (piano), Nina Polaschegg (double bass) and Wolfgang Schliemann (percussion), musically raises questions about the relationships between ethics and improvisation and discusses them, moderated by Mathias Maschat, with the participating musicians and the audience.

01/27/2023, 8:00 pm: Opening concert
01/28/2023, 10:00 am: Start – Open End
01/29/2023, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

2023mon30jan(jan 30)10:30fri03feb(feb 3)15:30FeaturedAnd Action! Theater Holiday Course in Winterfor children from 6–9 (gr 1) and 9–12 (gr 2)10:30 - (february 3) 15:30 exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance Dyoung explo:weekend and holiday workshop facilitator: Anna C. Ortmann

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Anna C. Ortmann


Monday, 30. 01. 2023 | 10:30 - Friday, 03. 02. 2023 | 15:30


exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance D


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(The course is held in German language.)

In the five-day vacation intensive workshop, the children playfully develop scenes and characters. Their own stories from fantasy and everyday life are worked on artistically, i.e. with music, language and body.
In the small group constellation, they get to know new children and can reinvent themselves. In the group process, the children find compromises, learn consideration, acceptance and experience the success of a joint presentation at the end.

The workshop is divided in two groups. From 10.00–12.30 it is for the 6–9 year old ones, from 13–15.30 for the 9-12 year old ones. (The 9 year old ones can chose)

The children are accompanied by the actress Anna C. Ortmann.

All current Corona regulations in the exploratorium can be found here. zu finden.


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Why Improvisation?

Improvisation offers the opportunity to invent music, and to do so without notation. Moreover, this form of creativity is special because it takes place in a group setting. Like in a good conversation, the players develop ideas, which they would not have been able to find otherwise, by inspiring each other.

In the exploratorium we focus on so-called free improvisation, which needs neither scales nor harmony or rhythm schemes. The sound as such is the basis of music invention.

Lerning improvising and improvising learning is about collecting experiences in forming music, understanding music „from the inside out“ and getting involved in the musical flow. That requires alertness in every moment and intense listening to the other players as well as to the collective musical process.

Free improvisation means taking responsibility and contributing your own impulses while simultaneously adapting to a collective at any moment. Learning this is learning for life. To experience this in concert means to participate in a special adventure.


The exploratorium berlin

amateurs & musicians

to gain first experiences with improvisation and to establish contacts



to get to know concepts for lively improvisational music making


to deepen their own abilities, gain new experiences and get to know new players

musicians & ensembles

to perform, also in collaboration with artists from other fields

curious listeners

to experience concerts from young ensembles or internationally known musicians