Talk with Simon Starling and Prof. Joachim Wambsganß as part of the dialogue series "Photography & Science"

Simon Starling, Black Drop (Filmstill), 2012 | © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019. Courtesy of the artist and neugerriemschneider, Berlin

05/03/2020, 5.30 p.m.

Astronomy and Photography: How Black Drops lead to Innovations
Simon Starling/Joachim Wambsganß

The transit of Venus, which takes place only four times in 250 years, was first captured in 1874 with a so-called "photographic revolver", which allows photographs of moving objects. In 2012, Starling documented this natural spectacle on film, which he combined with historical footage in his work "Black Drop". In a discussion with Prof. Dr. Joachim Wambsganß, Director of the Astronomical Computing Institute at the Centre for Astronomy at the University of Heidelberg, one of the topics will be the relationship between historical and contemporary artistic photography and knowledge production.

Note: The event begins with the screening of the film "Black Drop" by Simon Starling (length: 28 min).

→ Heidelberg University, Psychologisches Institut, Hörsaal II, Hauptstraße 47-51, 69117 Heidelberg / entrance free of charge
The talk will be held in English.

Within the framework of an eight-part dialogue series in Heidelberg, photographic artists and scientists from different disciplines will talk about the potential of photography to blur the boundaries between the two spheres. Further information about the event can be found here.

Every talk will be recorded and will soon be available on