science + fiction
What is real? What is artificial? What is objective? science + fiction is an exhibition that focuses on our image of reality mediated through science, scholarship and art. It poses questions to both artists and researchers and it seeks out those secret byways that connect current research trends with our imagination, desires and hopes.
In this exhibition, science, scholarship and art enter into a fascinating alliance: research findings are translated into an artistic language and works of art are set in a counter-world of scientific facts and research stories. Ideas and images, objects, models, and media envelop focal points of research and explain their cultural premises – thus creating a modern Wunderkammer of knowledge and art.
science + fiction consists of five installations.
Good Tomorrow, Dr Mad!
Good Tomorrow, Dr Mad! is a video installation by M+M about the exhibition’s title theme. In a digital, artificial world a dialogue opens up between the realities of the laboratory and the myths of society. The protagonists of the two synchronised projections are a scientist of the "mad scientist" genre, sampled from fragments of well-known science-fiction films, and his better, happy creation.
Nano-scape is an interactive installation by the artist couple Sommerer & Mignonneau. The NANO Sculpture is invisible and can be felt only by means of force-feedback technology – changing its shape according to how firmly the visitor grips it. With this approach, the two artists are reacting to the pressure in science to visualise things and, with their surprising lack of pictorial output, they give a new impact to media art.
Expedition-Bus is an Ensemble by Christoph Keller on the theme of cultural globalisation and the perspective of scientific film. A camping bus is the key feature of the contribution on ethnological research and it tells the tale of an expedition into the unknown that reflects its own cultural preconceptions.
In Brain-pavillion by Atelier van Lieshout, the artwork quotes the objective scientific view of the brain and confronts it with the subjective worlds of sensation and imagination.
Wild Cards by Dellbrügge & de Moll is an oversized card game that allows any visitor to make up their own prognoses about future knowledge – with "Wild Cards", those unforeseeable events which divert the linear progression of history. This work integrates contributions from ten researchers and ten artists.