In all times, on all continents, in all cultures, people see, experience, and feel differently. One thing, however, is common to all: the desire to gaze at the night sky.
But every culture sees its own images in its stars. From these it draws its oral traditions, onto these it projects its environments and stories – of the origin of the world and its human inhabitants, their hunting and harvests, their battles, and passions.
Seen from every point in our world, the night skies are different: the 17 cultures represented here see them from different vantage points. Here, aspects of all these cultures are gathered into one.
The network of stars spanning our world is also a global map of human history in cultural terms – and thus at once the most primordial and the most visible testimony to the connection between art and nature at the core of humankind.
“Two singers – one duel”. In his documentary, Joachim Gaertner takes us from the ancient, but also fascinatingly modern, spiritual trance-like throat singing of the Inuit women to the panorama of heroes and ancestors in the Polar sky.
With the Sternenhimmeltool, you can enter the centre of the 17 night skies and their stories interactively – a sensational journey of discovery across the globe and across the universe.
There will be a further program of interdisciplinary events and exhibitions in 2022. Raoul Schrott will offer audiences updates on the progress of his monumental book project; September will see the second STERNENHIMMEL-Festival with international guests from the worlds of science and culture.