carolin lange

to who am I talking to
project. 2015-2017.
in collaboration with Sebastian Skacel, experimental quantum physicist DE


(01 2017)
...to who am I talking to... book launch.
ZKM Centre for Media and Arts Karlsruhe DE

(11 2016)
Oszilloskop DIY workshop.
ZKM Center for Media and Arts Karlsruhe DE

(02 2015)
research residency. Institute for Physics. KIT Karlsruhe DE



...to who am I talking to...

The initial start of the project set the research-residency by Carolin Lange at the Physics Research Institute for Experimental Quantum Research, KIT University Karlsruhe (DE) in January 2015. During this one moth residency, a similar interest of the artist and the scientist in day-to-day challenges of research emerged. Moments of error, the role of failing, beauty and uncertainty became main topics of further conversations. In researching each other’s point of view, both participants started to employ each other’s working methods resulting in a workshop and a book.

The public workshop DIY Oscilloscope at the ZKM Karlsruhe provided the framework to regard the interaction of tool and developer. Here we developed with a mixed group of participant’s semi-scientific oscilloscopes from old TVs, arduinos, open source software and every day materials. The oscilloscope, an instrument to visualize electric waves, is a basic instrument also used in the research at the physics institute Karlsruhe. The workshop derives from the DIY - and Open source culture. DIY oscilloscopes aimed to make the immediate environment visible. Source inputs were sound, touch, dust, movement, electric radiation and conductivity in that also drawing a point of view, a point of interest.

The publication ...to who am I talking to... comprises notes, text, print outs of error measurement readings, photographs, comments and impressions of the workshop. In form and content, the publication stumbles upon topics like what it means to actual do experimental research on a daily basis, the language of scientific images, the necessity of errors in actions and material, and the problematic status of failing in research communities, which results in a non-disclosure of it.

kindly supported by

City of Karlsruhe Projectfund
Schnittstellen zwischen Kunst und Wissenschaft 2016


ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe