Captured through a light microscope, ‘Reclaiming Vision’ features a diverse cast of microorganisms, sampled from the brackish waters of the inner Oslo Fjord, alongside algae, cultivated at the University of Oslo. The film reveals various processes in the water that are hidden to the naked human eye. By investigating the brackish water, its inhabitants, its properties, and the traces left by human activities, the film is a reflection upon the relationship we humans have with our surroundings, especially through what we cannot see.
The exhibition demonstrates how artists deal with miraculous phenomena and the human desire for magic. With: Maria José Arjona, Roger Aupperle, Anna und Bernhard Blume, Böhler & Orendt + Felix Burger, Marjolijn Dijkman, Brad Downey, Lili Fischer, Mathilde ter Heijne, Andriy Hir, Bianca Patricia Isensee, Jürgen Klauke, Hartmut Landauer, Nikolai Nekh, Antonio Paucar, Jan Hendrik Pelz & Johanna Mangold + Jonathan Meese, Gabriela Oberkofler, Helga Schmidhuber, Jeremy Shaw, Maria Volokhova.
Seeing without a Seer is set up as a cooperative, imaginative and speculative exercise to grasp what is at stake in the act of seeing. What is 'seeing' and where is it located when we take non-human agencies into account? Can we, for instance, imagine how plants or stones ‘see’ their surroundings? In which ways could ‘machine vision’ influence our worldview? Artists: Anouk de Clercq, Tom Callemin, Marjolijn Dijkman, Hans Gremmen, Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen, Toril Johannessen, Taisuke Koyama, Tuula Närhinen, Juuso Noronkoski, Martine Stig, August Strindberg, Mikko Rikala.
Liquid Properties, made in collaboration with Toril Johannessen and commissioned by Munchmuseet on The Move, consists of the film Reclaiming Vision and the installation Liquid Properties. Captured through a light microscope, Reclaiming Vision features brackish water, sampled from the inner Oslo Fjord, alongside algae, cultivated at the University of Oslo. Starting off from the assertion that looking evolved from the sea – eyes in fact evolved from marine algae – the film is a visual journey through various ways of looking at and relating to nature. The music is specially composed for the film by Henry Vega. Curated by Natalie Hope O’Donnell.
The exhibition "The End is Where We Start From. On Tsunamis, Nuclear Explosions and other Fairy Tales" brings together works of eight international visual artists whose work navigates on the intersection of art and long-term scientific research. Artists: Marjolijn Dijkman, Brian Duggan, Vera Isler, Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Susanna Hertrich, Monika Niwelińska, David Rickard and Kirsten Stolle. Curated by Pauline Doutreluingne.