This exhibition featured artistic photography, videos and installations which deal with the phenomena and the study of the sky. The wish to understand and depict our solar system, the stars and celestial events is as old as humankind itself. Yet there are areas still waiting to be explored and new boundaries confronting us all the time. The featured artists reflect on the ancient dream of understanding the sky and use the visual technologies of the past and scientific methods of today for inspiration. They also show our inability to absolutely depict the endless potential of the sky, from which they derive an irrational, mystical moment of observation that stands in contrast to the natural scientific study of the sky. The exhibition was accompanied by a media-based educational programme for youngsters. In addition, several practical projects focused on the conceptual, thematic and formal-aesthetic aspects of the artistic examination of the sky.
Artistic director: Sabine Himmelsbach
Curator: Michael Connor (USA)
Artists: Alex Ceccetti (I), Peter Coffin (USA), Spencer Finch (USA), Lisa Oppenheim (USA), Trevor Paglen (USA), Joe Winter (USA) and others
Venue and schedule:
Edith Russ Site for Media Art Oldenburg, 27 May – 14 Aug. 2011, opens 26 May 2011
Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst