Dr. Bernd Scherer is an author and philosopher. Since 2006 he has served as director of the House of World Cultures in Berlin, Germany. His curatorial approach consists in the interweaving of art, science, politics and technology, and the examination of transformation processes in contemporary societies and postcolonial structures.
Scherer came to the HKW from the Goethe-Institut, as from 1989-1994 he was Director of the Goethe-Institute Karachi and Lahore; from 1999-2000 he directed the Goethe-Institut Mexico City; after this he acted as Director of the Arts Department at the Goethe-Institut main office in Munich from 2004-2005.
He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken. He is an author of several publications focusing on aesthetics and international cultural exchange. Since January 2011, he teaches as Honorary Professor at the Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt University of Berlin. He curated and directed major art and cultural projects such as “Das weiße Meer,” “Rethinking Europe,” and “Über-Lebenkunst.”
Research Interests: the Anthropocene, contemporary and modern art, German philosophy, cultural politics and exchanges, postcolonialism, memory politics, commemoration, and the interaction between art, society, and science.