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If science can be described as a system that provokes significant coincidences, serendipity is the mode of epistemic discoveries par excellence - from the positive effect of penicillin on humans to nylon stockings to decalcomania.


For the artists the concept of serendipity thus serves as an approach of a creativity that proceeds in a roundabout way. It is precisely the form of open-ended creating that makes complex constructions of meaning based on random impulses possible in the creative process in the sense of a theory of inverse expediency.

Especially during digitalization, where the casual snatching of events and facts is gaining in importance, an investigation of serendipitous practices from an artistic perspective is particularly interesting regarding their epistemic qualities.
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February 2024
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