cover by Ruohan Wang

Science meets Comics

There are no simple solutions in the Anthropocene era. Every single person lives in a highly complex system and is connected to it by his or her actions. By focusing on the example of alimentation, this interconnectedness can be exposed and presented in a form that everyone can understand. Comics as a communication medium not only have the potential to make complex issues accessible in an appealing form; the comic-making process itself can inspire scientific work, and reveal new connections.

This proceedings volume includes contributions on alimentation and comic theory by Jaqueline Berndt, Anne-Kathrin Kuhlemann, Toni Meier, Veronika Mischitz, Stephan Packard, Lukas Plank, Nick Sousanis, Katerina Teaiwa and Arnold van Huis. It is the result of the two-day symposium Science meets Comics, held in October 2015 in the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, which discussed and developed these new means of communication in relation to alimentation.

Reinhold Leinfelder, Alexandra Hamann, Jens Kirstein and Marc Schleunitz (eds.)

» Christian A. Bachmann Verlag
softcover, 117 pages, illustrations
ISBN 978-3-941030-92-3
19,90€ + shipping

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Table of Contents

Comic meets Science:

» Nick Sousanis
Beyond Illustration

» Stephan Packard
How Factual are Factual Comics? Parasitic Imaginations in Referential Cartoons

» Lukas Plank
Comics and Truth – Why Non-Fiction Comics need Rules

» Jaqueline Berndt
Manga meets Science: Going beyond the Education-Entertainment Divide

» Veronika Mischitz & Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft
Understanding Science through Comics (Comic)


Science meets Comics:

» Toni Meier
Planetary Boundaries of Agriculture and Nutrition – an Anthropocene Approach

» Arnold Van Huis
Insects, the New Food?

» Anne-Kathrin Kuhlemann
Food Production in the Anthropocene: The Role of AgTech in Urban Spaces

» Katerina Teaiwa
Interview with Katerina Teaiwa by Teresia K. Teaiwa for Microwomen

» Reinhold Leinfelder, » Alexandra Hamann, Jens Kirstein, Marc Schleunitz
Epilogue: Comic as a format for intercultural, cross-discipline,and participative communication

Poster Symposium

Symposium and Workshop "Science meets Comics. The Anthropocene Kitchen: designing the future of food"

From October 5 to 9 2015 the base project was very happy to welcome ten of the international artists participating in the comic project in Berlin. They arrived on Sunday to start a week devoted to work on the epilogue, which, true to the concept of a »Journey around the world«, will be drafted in collaboration with all artists taking part. Before the design and craft work got under way, a two-day symposium was staged to gather input on questions ranging from the ratio of text to image, through current scientific communication, to the future of nutrition. This part of the workshop was public, to encourage for a lively discussion.

» program and abstracts of the symposium english
» Programm des Symposiums und Abstracts deutsch

The remaining three days gave rise to multifarious discussions as to how this large a gathering of artists would cooperate on and manage to realise the chapter. Ideas were developed, sketched out, rejected, reprised and driven forward. Finally everyone came to an agreement on a shared concept. Reed more:

» english report on the symposium and workshop
» Bericht in der Cluster-Zeitung CZ #123 vom 26.10.15
» Photos in the Cluster-newspaper CZ #121 gives you some impressions

Impressions of the symposium

Jaqueline Berndt and Reinhold Leinfelder
Nick Sousanis
artists and team
Ann-Kathrin Kuhlemann
Arnold van Huis
Stephan Packard
Lukas Plank
Maki Shimizu
Reinhold Leinfelder with Henning Krausse
Toni Meier, Karl W. Grosse, Reinhold Leinfelder
Marc Schleunitz
bee sting cake
Karl W. Grosse and Stephan Bartel
Karl W. Grosse and Theresa Habermann

Photos von Jens Kirstein

Impressions of the workshop

Samuel Jaramillo
artists and team
artists and team
brainstorming epilogue
brainstorming epilogue
brainstorming epilogue
Maki Shimizu, Samuel Jaramillo, Zineb Benjelloun
Joëlle Ebongue presenting results
Alexandra Hamann
José Aguiar
Ruohan Wang
Ulrich Scheel
Martin Ernstsen
Sarnath Banerjee
Maki Shimizu
Samuel Jaramillo
Joëlle Ebongue
Sophie Goldstein
Zineb Benjelloun

Photos von Jens Kirstein