From Prosthetics to the Cyborg
On 24 June 2020, he celebrates his 250th birthday, an inventor who is as brilliant as he is risk-taking: Albrecht Ludwig Berblinger. Better known as “Schneider von Ulm”, he went down in history with his flight attempt in 1811. The anniversary celebrations under the title “Berblinger 2020” will not only pay tribute to his work, but will also focus on innovation, inventiveness, courage and an open urban society.
Almost everyone today is familiar with Albrecht Ludwig Berlinger’s flight test. However, another invention by the famous inventor is largely unknown: Albrecht Ludwig Berblinger developed movable prostheses for the injured soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars and thus invented the basic design for modern leg prostheses.
This medical-historical success story is the occasion for the Museum Ulm, in the context of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Albrecht Ludwig Berblinger, to devote itself to the complementation, imitation and improvement of human nature, the desirable body and the artificial human being in an exhibition on the history of art, culture and technology.
Historical prostheses and pictorial representations of their applications are juxtaposed with contemporary interpretations and visions of overcoming our physiological limitations through scientific, technological and design disciplines.
In the face of technological progress, current contemporary artistic positions also reflect prosthetics up to the cyborg; the exhibition presents works by:
Kader Attia I Sophie de Oliveira Barata I Anna Blumenkranz I Renaud Jerez I Mari Katayama I Alexander Kluge I Erika Mondria I Aimee Mullins I Miguel Angel Rojas I Martha Rosler I Keisuke Shimakage I Igor Simić I Stelarc
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication (German/English, 264 pages, numerous illustrations, 20 €).
In cooperation with the
Funded by the
German Federal Cultural Foundation
With friendly support
On the anniversary of