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Helmholtz Munich (c) Studio T*SH

Art Installation Reveal “The Garden of Forking Paths”

In September 2022, the art installation "The Garden of Forking Paths" by the artist duo Studio T*SH was revealed at the Helmholtz Diabetes Center. At the end of 2020, Helmholtz Munich launched the "Kunst am Bau" competition. From 125 entries, 15 finalists were selected. The artist duo Yves Peitzner and Jelena Gregov (Studio T*SH) from Munich have submitted the winning proposal for the Helmholtz Diabetes Center titled “The Garden of Forking Paths” which has now been realized.

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A top-class art and specialist jury, including the world-renowned artist and filmmaker Prof. Dr. Hito Steyerl and Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman, the founding director of Biotopia, evaluated the submitted designs.

About the winning proposal

The winning proposal caught the attention of the jury with its novel approach, which uses Artificial Intelligence to explore a fringe thought: Is there emotion in scientific research? The content of the installation are poems, not written by a human, but by a machine – driven by the 19th century Romantic poetry and scientific research of the Helmholtz Diabetes Center. Designed to complement Helmholtz Center's values of honesty, integrity, and ingenuity, the installation reflects notions of investigation, discovery, and innovation at the heart of the highly dynamic research environment: a place for innovation, open to start-up ideas and new enterprises, unprecedented in Europe.

About the Artists

Studio T*SH (Technology, Imagination, Spaces and Humans) is an experimental design and art collective established by Yves Peitzner and Jelena Gregov. The studio has a successful track record of creating site-specific installations, working with clients around the globe. Their work explores new forms of storytelling through immersive media, interactive and light installations, at the intersection of art, technology and emotions; creating new ways of communication between our digital and physical worlds.