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Performative Science and Beyond

Involving the Process in Research

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  • © 2006
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  • Rigorous and coherent discourse on embodiment in natural scientific research
  • Methodological bridge between science, art, and hermeneutics
  • Many concrete examples

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Table of contents (23 chapters)

  1. Theory

  2. Projects


About this book

A coherent summary of 6 years’ research work at the ZKM Institute for Basic Research in Karlsruhe. Motto of the research, set between art and science, was "performative science”, a new research method that methodologically complements the natural sciences by means of a performative-artistic procedure. The book offers a theoretical, praxis-motivated discourse on the topic, strongly orientated towards philosophical hermeneutics but consisting to a great degree of concrete examples of application such as brain modelling, chaos research, artificial life and artificial intelligence. It provides a methodological bridge between science and art.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lörrach, Germany

    Hans H. Diebner

About the author

Hans H. Diebner, studied Physics at the University of Tübingen. 1999–2005 head of the Institute for Basic Research, ZKM Karlsruhe. Since 2006 project manager at the Institute for New Media, Frankfurt.

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