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Summer evening in an extraordinary echo chamber: an Oriental garden. Where else could the great question of beauty be encountered in a more enclosed and vivid way than here? Tracing the mysterious power that beauty and music awaken in us? The "hidden" gardens of the Arab and Christian cultures were places where beauty was staged as a sign and path to something beyond.

Here, in the interplay of Orient and Occident, the guests go on an intercultural voyage of discovery of the form and effectiveness of beauty, looking "back" with the ancient Orientalist Walter Sommerfeld and looking "ahead" to current scientific findings with the neurocognitive psychologist Rasha Abdel Rahman. Baroque harp, art and folk songs from many regions and today's soundscapes combine to form a musical East-West diwan that crosses cultures and centuries.

And: What would be "beauty" in relationships among people, in society as well as to nature and the future? Could it unfold a new dynamic and productive force in the social?


  • Prof. Dr. Walter Sommerfeld (University of Marburg)
  • Prof. Dr. Rasha Abdel Rahman (HU Berlin)
  • Luise Enzian (Baroque harp)
  • Tehila Nini-Goldstein (vocals)
  • Kaan Bulak (electronics, composition)
  • Host and moderator: Bernhard Glocksin, Luise Enzian
Installation: Sabrina Rossetto

In cooperation with Gärten der Welt

An event in the supporting program of the Wunderkammer series in cooperation with the Ernst Schering Foundation

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