Installation and Symposium: Ubiquity

About the Project

The audio installation "Ubiquity - New Perspectives on Experienced Traumata"  was developed by musicologist and sound artist Miriam Akkermann (member of Die Junge Akademie, TU Dresden), programmer and composer Andre Bartetzki and psychologist Eva Alisic (member of the Global Young Academy, University of Melbourne). It is based on a study on trauma processing in children by psychologist Eva Alisic and gives an impression of the everyday life of families after traumatic experiences.

The installation was created in cooperation with the symposium "Ubiquity - New Perspectives on Experienced Traumas", which reports current scientific findings on the psychology of traumatizations. The symposium is organized by the psychologist and neuroscientist Philipp Kanske (Speaker of Die Junge Akademie). In Dresden the installation could be visited in the Blaue Fabrik from 30.10.2019 to 03.11.2019. The associated symposium also took place on 03.11.2019 in the rooms of the Blaue Fabrik.

In December the installation will be on display again in Melbourne.



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Installation, 30.10.-03.11.2019 and 11.-13.12.2019

How does ubiquity sound? What is the sound of ubiquity like after traumatic experiences? What is a traumatic experience? What is ubiquity?

The audio installation is based on audio snippets taken from the “The Ear for Recovery”, a project on trauma recovery of children who experienced a potentially traumatic event, such as a serious injury. The audio snippets allow us glimpses of their lives after these events, taking us into their kitchens, to their living rooms and showing us their favorite TV shows. In some rare moments, the families share their sorrows or fragments of their stories.

The sound installation presents these snippets related to the study’s findings and aims to create a space that invites listeners to reflect on what life is like. It confronts the visitor with tensions between the mundane and the deep, the emotional and the practical, and the worlds of adults and children – with all the ordinary routines and with all the beauty of daily life.

Symposium, 03.11.2019

The symposium "Ubiquity - New Perspectives on Experienced Traumas", organized by Philipp Kanske, will take place in the rooms of the Blue Factory in Dresden. The symposium will deal with current scientific findings on the psychology of traumata.

The symposium will take place as part of the EACLIPT (European Congress on Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment) conference.

The event will be held in English. Admission is free. Please register for the symposium at


10:00 Andreas Maercker (University of Zurich): New developments in differentiating trauma- and stress-related disorders and therapies

10:40 Thomas Ehring (LMU Munich): Early life adversity as a transdiagnostic risk factor and implications for treatment

11:20 Eva Alisic (University of Melbourne): Ear for Recovery: Parent-child conversations in the aftermath of injury

12:00 Miriam Akkermann (TU Dresden): About the installation: Ubiquity – New Perspectives on Traumatic Experiences

12:10 Break

12:50 Anke Karl (University of Exeter): Beneficial effects of compassion-informed approaches for boosting trauma-focussed therapy in PTSD after interpersonal trauma

13:30 Maria Böttche (Freie Universität Berlin): The impact of war and torture and effective and feasible treatment approaches for refugees

14:10 Discussion

15:00 End of the symposium

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