Thu, 11th Apr 2019

Earth & Conservation @ SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival 2019

At SILBERSALZ, through our “Earth & Conservation” strand, we invite you to take a closer look at the remnants of nature - in its grandeur, its complexity and its diversity.

Join us to explore the wonders of our planet through live concerts, films, exhibitions and much more… 



­SILBERSALZ 2019 starts with a bang: Electronicos Fantasticos! will perform at the festivals opening night on Thursday, 20th of June at Puschkinhaus.

Head behind the project is Japanese artist and musician Ei Wada + the Nicos Orchest-Lab. The instruments and gadgets he and his fellow musicians play are retired consumer electronics brought back to life, given a brand new purpose. This is not only catching the ear but – thanks to a vivid light show – our eyes, too.

Don’t worry if you miss it the first time – they will perform again on Saturday, 22nd of June.


ULI KUNZ: World of oceans * Faszination der Meere

Uli Kunz is a diver, marine biologist and photographer, discovering this planet from a whole different perspective: from the depth of the oceans. With films, images, and audio recordings, he will take the SILBERSALZ visitors far away, showing them fascinating underwater life.

The precious coral reefs serve as a natural coast guard, the oceans as an irreplaceable base of human existence. Thousands of animals and underwater plants are still there to discover, yet their survival faces the environmental changes in a dramatic way. Uli Kunz is dedicated to document those fascinating worlds and raising awareness for its needs – and for a sustainable future.



THE SERENGETI RULES - by Nicolas Brown

German Premier!

This film by award-winning director Nicolas Brown presents one of the most important but untold science stories of our time. Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Decades later they share their stories and conclusions about nature – and the simple set of rules that govern all life.

SILBERSALZ will host the films German premiere with the director attending.


WELCOME TO SODOM – by Florian Weigensamer & Christian Krönes

Sodom exists – at least that’s what the citizens of Agbogbloshie, Accra, call their city. It is the world's largest electronic waste dump. The film by Florian Weigensamer and Christian Krönes shows that this technical and digital revolution hasn’t been beneficial for everybody: around 6.000 women, men and children live and work here, between outdated and damaged computers, smartphones, air conditions tanks and other devices.

The film is shown as part of the SILBERSALZ school cinema.



The interactive VR installation "Inside Tumucumaque", takes you on an immersive trip into Brazils Amazon rainforest, where audience explores its native wildlife through the eyes of its inhabitants, i.e. black caiman and vampire bats, and experience the way they perceive the world. Project partners are Filmtank and Interactive Media Foundation. ­­

"Inside Tumcumaque" is nominated in the "People's Voice - VR & 360 Video"-category of the Webby Award!


Diving from the jungle into the oceans – JD Whitman’s art-installation “Plasticity: Our changing oceans makes it happen. This SciArt-project lets the visitors walk through a tunnel-like aquarium – while feeling like diving through plastic. It illustrates what is sadly not surprising anymore: our oceans are filling up with plastic trash. A rough estimate of 5 to 14 million tons of plastic every year, cause serious problems to marine life and the ecosystem



Don't forget: Until April, 15th the SILBERSALZ Science & Media Pitch is still open to submissions from scientists, science journalists and media professionals looking to develop their concepts into specialist factual content and interactive experiences. A selection of 15 projects will receive feedback from an international audience of investors, media experts and science institutions. All scientific topics, research areas and disciplines are accepted.

This pitching forum is one of the highlights of the two-day SILBERSALZ Conference.


Following commissioners have confirmed their attendance:

Akira Yoshizawa: Senior Producer, Global Content Development Division, NHK, Japan

Marie Beuzard: Commissioning Editor, ARTE France

Sue Dando: Executive Producer, The Nature of Things, CBC, Canada

Iain Dodgeon: Director, Science & Research Entertainment Exchange, Wellcome Trust, UK

Axel Gundolf: Director TV, National Geographic, Germany

Daniele Jörg: Head of Science, WDR, Germany

More information on our Call for Projects: visit our website.

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