'Hymnus Oceanobacilus Pulvirenatus'





PROJECT: „life flag - news from everywhere
YEAR: October 2010
OCCASION: Berlin / Year of Science 2010
Location: Berlin

OPENING: 8 October 2010, 9pm in the Robert Koch Forum, Dorotheenstr. 96 
(subway and S-Bahn stop Friedrichstraße)
World premiere of the hymn: “HYMNUS OCEANOBACILLUS PULVIRENATUS”, Composition by Ari Benjamin Meyers (performed by the Humboldt's Philharmonic Chorus Berlin, conducted by Prof. Constantin Alex)

The Life Flag was displayed 7 – 14 October in and in front of 80 embassies in Berlin.

EXHIBITION in the Robert Koch Forum, Dorotheenstr. 96, Berlin-Mitte 
(subway and S-Bahn stop Friedrichstraße) 9 – 22 October 2010. 
Daily 3pm – 8pm, Thursday 3pm – 10pm

LIVE MEDIA PERFORMANCE Schlossplatz, Berlin-Mitte. 7 – 10 October 2010 at night

See some pictures of the flag-hoisting

AfghanistanArmeniaAustriaAzerbaijanAustraliaBelarusBelgiumBoliviaBosnia and HerzegovinaBulgariaBurundiCanadaChileCroatiaCubaCyprusCzech RepublicDenmark (Nordic Embassies)EcuadorEgyptEritreaEstoniaFinland (Nordic Embassies), France, GeorgiaGhanaGuatemalaHonduras, Iceland (Nordic Embassies), Israel, Ivory Coast, JamaicaKosovoLatviaLesothoLiberiaLichtenstein, Madagascar, MalaysiaMauritiusMexico, Moldavia, MozambiqueMontenegroNetherlandsNicaraguaNorvey (Nordic Embassies)PakistanPalestinePanamaPeruPoland, Romania, Russian FederationEl-SalvadorSierra LeoneSingaporeSloveniaSouth Africa, Somalia, Spain, Sweden (Nordic Embassies)TajikistanTanzania, Turkmenistan, United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela


The media performance in Berlin is designed as a trilogy and presented at three different stations:


1st   Hoisting of the flag in the participating embassies.
2nd   Media installation of the virtual LIFE FLAG in public space (Schlossplatz in Berlin-Mitte)     
Light installation at Martin-Gropius-Bau on occasion of the performance life propagation


1st station:

The closely meshed net of embassies in Berlin – Europe’s capital of embassies – shall be used to send out a message. A flag with a universal motif, hoisted in approximately 80 diplomatic missions and the State Department of the Federal Republic of Germany symbolizes unity within the plurality of languages, cultures and countries. The event in Berlin is supposed to be the starting point for further art events with the aim to spread and develop the message via the dense net of embassies and the global communication channels. 


Motif of the flag

The motif of the flag is based on the visualization of bacterial cells from a historical dust sample. Using the technique of Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) Dr. Annette Moter and her team at the Institute of Microbiology and Hygiene (IMH), Charite University Hospital Berlin, stained the 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) of bacteria. Specific fluorescent oligonucleotide probes bind to their target ribosomal RNA in the small subunit of the bacterial ribosome and can be used to visualize and discriminate different microorganisms. The investigated sample containing Sahara dust was found in southern Italy and given to Alexander von Humboldt as a gift in 1823, who later passed it on to Florens Chladni. As part of a global phenomenon, the desert dust was carried by winds from Africa to Europe. This way, Sahara dust reaches far away regions of the world and the microorganisms that are attached to the sand particles help to protect and nourish seemingly alien ecosystems. The Humboldt dust sample is now property of the Ehrenberg collection and stored in the Museum of Natural History in Berlin. At the initiative of Sabine Kacunko the microorganisms contained in this sample were reactivated and reanimated in the Robert Koch Forum, one of the historically most interesting scientific institutions in Berlin.  





Diplomatic reception and exhibition opening in the Robert Koch Fourm

The Robert Koch Forum is the location of the exhibition about the media performance. In terms of sciences, it is on of the most prestegious institutes in Berlin. Here, interdisciplinary thinking has alway played an important role and the cooperation between scientists has led to some of the most important discoveries of our times.

Irinia Urusova of Russia, student of agricultural sciences at the Humboldt University Berlin performs the world premier of the LIFE FLAG anthem: 'Hymnus Ocenaobacillus Pulvireantus', composed especially for Sabine Kacunko's media performance by Ari Benjamin Meyers




Humboldt's Philharmonic Chorus

Under the LIFE FLAG, people with different cultural backgrounds and of various disciplines step into dialogue with each other. Humboldt's Philharmonic Chorus, conducted by Prof. Constantin Alex performs the soundperformance 'Chorale Oceanobacillus Pulvirenatus' (composition by Ari Benjamin Meyers, concept by Sabine Kacunko), which transforms the scientific data of the newly discovered sequence into an esthetic body of sound.



Station II

Installation on Schlossplatz (Castle Plaza) in Berlin-Mitte

The place, where soon the new Humboldt-Forum will be built and which, therefore, is symbol for Berlin's willingness to step into international and interdisciplinary dialogue, is also the place, where the LIFE FLAG communicates with the public.

Without being restricted by a pole, the LIFE FLAG moves in public space. The movements are calculated on the basis of the wind coordinates that are transmitted live from the participating nations.


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