Review: SimTech Exhibition "Simulated Reality" and Introduction of SFB 1313 Exhibit

October 30, 2023 /

The SimTech exhibition "Simulated Reality" took place from 26 September to 13 October 2023 at the Rathaus Stuttgart.
[Picture: SFB 1313 / University of Stuttgart]

After three weeks full of exciting, interactive exhibits, live painting, live music, the official opening of the exhibition on 25 September, the interactive event "The Art of Simulation and the Simulation of Art" on 4 October, after two lectures, six workshops for school classes from 4th to 11th grade and three guided tours, the popular science exhibition "Simulierte Realtität - Wie Bytes, Formeln und Computermodelle die Welt verbessern" (Simulated Reality - How Bytes, Formulas and Computer Models Improve the World) at the Stuttgart City Hall came to an end on 13 October. It offered an exciting insight into the world of virtual reality, simulation and data and porous media.

SFB1313, funded by the German Research Foundation, was on of the cooperation partners of the exhibition and provided its newly realized exhibit "Below the Surface", that was introduced for the first time on the occasion of the exhibition.

Exhibition Opening

Stuttgart's Lord Mayor Dr. Frank Nopper and the Rector of the University of Stuttgart, Uni.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfram Ressel, welcomed more than 200 invited guests at the opening of the exhibition "Simulated Reality" in the Rathaus Stuttgart on 25 September. In their greetings, both emphasized the importance of simulation science for Stuttgart as a business location and how important it is to bring this topic in particular, but also science in general, into society. 

After the welcome speeches, Prof. Dr. Thomas Ertl, former SimTech director and speaker and SFB 1313 principl investigator gave a keynote speech about the background of the Cluster of Excellence SimTech. Subsequently, an improvisational theatre performance took place. Students of the study program Simulation Technology and WAREM around Anne Weiß and under the direction of Sadhbh Juárez Bourke performed the play "Simulation", which was realised especially for this occasion. Afterwards, guests were able to explore the exhibits in the exhibition and listen to explanations by the experts on site. The opening event ended with a get-toghether with food and drinks.

Special event "The Art of Simulation and the Simulation of Art"

As simulations have also arrived in art, culture and society, several institutions of the city of Stuttgart came together to jointly organise the evening event "The Art of Simulation and the Simulation of Art". It was realised by the Cluster of Excellence SimTech, the special field "Wissenschaft und Hochschulen" of the state capital Stuttgart, which is part of the Coordination Department "S21/Rosenstein und Zukunftsprojekte", the Visualization Research Center of the University of Stuttgart (VISUS), the International Center for Cultural and Technological Research (IZKT) and the Merz Akademie - University of Art, Design and Media, Stuttgart.

Approximately 200 visitors participated in this evening event on 4 October 2023 at the Rathaus Stuttgart. The visitors were not only able to explore the exhibition, but also to talk with the moderator Felix Heidenreich and the invited speakers Amrei Bahr, Michael Sedlmair, and Mario Doulis about "The Art of Simulation and the Simulation of Art. On the Possibility Spaces of the True and the Beautiful". Also part of the event were the dimension reduction artworks "Face to Art-Algorithm", presented by the doctoral researchers from VISUS as well as the station "Re-shaping Nature" by the Merz Akademie. Afterwards, live music, food and drinks and live painting on the theme of simulation awaited the guests at the panorama window of the town hall. There was dancing, talking and celebrating until 10 pm.

Partners of the Exhibition

The exhibition, which was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as part of the Excellence Strategy, was part of the series of events "Wissen trifft Stadt", organized by the special field "Wissenschaft und Hochschulen" of the state capital Stuttgart, which is part of the Coordination Department "S21/Rosenstein und Zukunftsprojekte".

The exhibition was supported by the University of Stuttgart and the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 1313 "Interface-Driven Multi-Field Processes in Porous Media - Flow, Transport and Deformation". The special event was held jointly with the International Center for Culture and Technology Research (IZKT) and the Visualization Research Center of the University of Stuttgart (VISUS).

The exhibition was conceived together with Storz Medienfabrik GmbH Esslingen. The SFB 1313 exhibit "Below the surface" was indipendently realised by SFB 1313 and its management team: Rainer Helmig, Christian Rohde, Holger Class, Holger Steeb, Katharina Heck, Beate Spinner, David Werner and Patrizia Ambrisi. The visual concept, illustrations, animations and coding were ralised by Charlotte Hintzmann, Matthias Ries and Rasmus Borkamp.

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