Exhibitions and events (Katazyna Jankovska)
NATURECULTURES Chapter 1 THE MEASURE OF THE WORLD, Radius CCA, Delft, until 14 May 2023
RADIUS starts the year with the group exhibition THE MEASURE OF THE WORLD, revolving around the ghosts of Western Enlightenment thinking and the relationship between science, truth-finding and the consequential creation of worldviews. With the work of fifteen artists, the exhibition forms a conversation starter for the NATURECULTURES year program and presents a first counterpoint to the current crises that bear witness to the perverse reality of modernism. More info.
Parting the Waves by Semiconductor at Gnration, Braga, until 1 July 2023
Parting the Waves brings together a collection of works created between 2007 and 2022 by Semiconductor, the British duo formed by Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. Often created during intensive periods of research in laboratories, Semiconductor’s exploration and reframing of scientific processes opens up worlds that are usually beyond our senses: infinitely small, at a vast scale unattainable or not visible to the human eye. The works make tangible these normally out-of-reach phenomena, seeking to question both our role as observers and the limits of scientific endeavour. More info.
The Artwork as a Living System by Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau at IMAL Brussels, until 24 September 2023
The Artwork as a Living System connects a traditional subject – art and nature – with the most innovative artistic techniques employed in virtual, sentient, interactive projects. The presented works offer an intimate and tangible approach to concepts such as quantum physics, the theory of complex systems, genetics, molecular nanoscience or artificial life. This exceptional retrospective is the result of a co-production between ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (Germany), OÖ Landes-Kultur GmbH, Linz (Austria) and iMAL Brussels (Belgium). More info.
V2_KLUB X O.: REIMAGINING OPERA at V2_Lab for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, May 20th
What can the word 'opera' mean in the 21st century and how is it relevant? Forging a collaboration between V2_Klub and Opera Forward Festival from the National Opera, Re-Imagining Opera explores the notion of opera from unexpected perspectives casting a radical and irreverent eye on established ideas. Working through a modular libretto of sorts, they take you on a journey through sparse landscapes, glitchy noise and seas of sound, before dropping you onto a massive thumping wall of hardcore tekno rap and back off again, through ethereal vocals, dramatic song, spoken word, and a far-reaching spectrum of live electronics. More info.
Chambers of Radiance by Emilija Škarnulytė at Radvila Palace Museum of Art, Vilnius
Emilija Škarnulytė’s solo exhibition Chambers of Radiance is centred on one of the artist’s most famous works, t ½, which won the 2019 Future Generation Art Prize of the Kyiv Centre for Contemporary Art. Exploring posthumanist mythology, the impressively large audiovisual installation draws attention to issues of the nature-human interface, climate change and nuclear energy – topics that are particularly relevant today. More info.
On our playlist (by Christopher Michael)
nudo – moments in guaracha, 2023 (link)
Hatches – Wwwet (Wwwater remix), 2023 (link)
Laraaji – Segue to Infinity (from Segue to Infinity), 2023 (link)
clara – towards a horizon (mix) (link)
Subliminal Jihad – [#144] SUS PSYCHEDELICS, INC., Part One: Profits (podcast) (link)