Our times are characterised by pragmatism, rationality and economy. Often, especially in epochs of this kind, people's desire for magic and magic, for unfathomable powers, is awakened. As alternative models to strictly scientific facts, incomprehensible phenomena are also of great interest to artists. The exhibition „Magic and Rituals“ demonstrates how artists deal with miraculous phenomena and the human desire for magic.
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.
70 artists and artist collectives will present works across Sydney at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Carriageworks, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney Opera House and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. The 21st Bienniale of Sydney will examine the state of ‘superposition’ by examining how it might operate in the world today. We are surrounded by conflicting ideas across all levels of humanity: different cultures; readings of nature and the universe; political ideologies and systems of government; interpretations of human history, the history of art and definitions of contemporary art.