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Theme: Crossing Borders

This event occurred on
November 23, 2012
10:00am - 6:00pm CET
(UTC +1hr)
Berlin, Berlin

What limits and borders are we faced with as individuals, as a society? Who or what defines these boundaries? What are the results of these demarcations – demarcations as barriers that may even result in scientific and artistic limitations to us singular persons and society as a whole? Are they arbitrarily defined borders or are they erected due to their necessity? Are they obstacles or are they beneficial? And what happens if we overcome these borders?

TEDxBerlin "Crossing Borders" is going to ask these questions and attempt to find diverse answers. We will meet “border-crossers”. We will meet artists, scientists, activists and athletes that dare to cross borders and have undergone life-changing experiences – individuals that create a link between separate aspects and phenomena. Personalities that have the ability to extend the space of the achievable and that alter our perspectives and attitudes as well as our perception of reality.

The word “multidisciplinary” has become a focal topic of discussion within the fields of science and the arts during the last two decades: multidisciplinary research, multi-medial art, cross-medial communication – these areas have managed to cross previously existing borders and they underline the necessity of eliminating restricting boundaries. Moreover, the arts and sciences have always been border-crossing fields, as much during history as of today.

Where and what are these borders today and who calls them into existence? What are the motivations of border-crossing individuals? TEDxBerlin "Crossing Borders" wants to provide insight into these motives and aspects and provide a platform for deep discussion.

Join us on November 23rd at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt from 10am until 6pm.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
Berlin, Berlin, 10557
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Organizing team


Berlin, Germany
  • Sophia Schwan-McMaster
    Website and Social Media Administrator