Human beings, nature, money, data, goods ..., all around us, nearby or very far away, everything is continuously in flux. The artists in this exhibition do not position themselves in the focal points of current events. They move quietly and unravel the deeper nature of mankind as a species in constant motion.
E.S.P. will present work that complicates notions of science and fiction and the binary systems of knowledge they have come to represent. The series opens with Reclaiming Vision(2018), by Marjolijn Dijkman and Toril Johannessen and Motion at a Distance (2018) by Lindsay Packer and Andrew Yong Hoon Lee. The screening will conclude with Phase Transitions in Liquid Crystals (1978) by Jean Painlevé.
Navigating Polarities, measures the blind spots of anthropocentric perspectives alongside – in underwater filmmaker Jean Painlevé’s words – “the mysteries and miracles of nature”. Exploring perception and world views through the lens of diverse fields of thought, the artist asks: How can shifting between the macroscopic and the microscopic help us to imagine complex systems that are otherwise hard to grasp?
The works in this group exhibition will create an awareness of how different elements are entangled in a network of relations. The complexity and relational nature in the works offer a change of perspective of the world and our place in it.
Post-Water is part of a global debate on a theme of water, the most essential natural element that generates and guarantees the maintenance of life, only one of the goods that suffer from the acute crisis of the sense of responsibility of our time.
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 demonstrates how artists deal with miraculous phenomena and the human desire for magic.
Captured through a light microscope, ‘Reclaiming Vision’ features a diverse cast of microorganisms. 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.
Plants know worlds, they contain worlds and they make worlds. Plants exist within plurality; they are part of, and themselves contain many worlds. The cultivation of vegetal consciousness begins with a deepening of awareness of the actions and agency of non-human others.
Spectral Exchange seeks to use the electromagnetic spectrum as both a structural and thematic framework to draw out connections between disparate domains of knowledge and practice.
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?