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November 4 – December 18, 2005


participating artists:

Jens Brand, Cologne
Kerstin Gottschalk, Berlin
Peter Heber, Hannover
Karsten Krohn, Rinteln
Alicja Kwade, Berlin
Gerhard Mayer, Nürnberg
Ricarda Mieth, Berlin
Stefanie Reling, Stuttgart and Wiesbaden



lecture series this sight - physicists and art
on the three first sundays of advent at 7 pm


The exhibition is the result of a process of searching and collecting artistic points of view which suggest a relationship to physics. Besides a specific explanation by the artists themselves, a possible related interpretation of the artists’ works by the organizers who both have a scientific educational background (see chapter „organisation“ further down) was equally a criterion. The visitor of the exhibition thus has the opportunity to discern relationships which a purely arts-oriented context would fail to reveal.

The exhibition and the accompanying lecture series will focus on the interweaving features of artistic and scientific work, on this network of differences, points of intersection and overlapping areas.

  The artists and their work:  
  Jens Brand  

G-Player 4, sound- and room-installation

The G-(lobal) Player is a device which is scanning the surface of the earth by means of satellite data and is translating it into audible signals such as a record player is transforming the different groove levels of a record into sounds. The sub-heading “Earth is a disc” therefore is - in a new context - to be understood literally. Brand is gambling with scientific techniques and human imagination. The combination of these two phenomena is creating a totally new way of perception.

Kerstin Gottschalk and Ricarda Mieth

Ansichten, interactive roominstallation

The installation „Ansichten” (Views) is a collaboration. Paintings by Kerstin Gottschalk in varying intervals come off their electromagnetic fixture and following gravity fall down head over heals against the wall thus generating an impact sound differing according to the size of the picture. In this position the pictures, instead of the painting, disclose the unpainted back and the fixing techniques - before they are put back into their original position by the observer. This work is combining several physical effects and is shaped like a test structure into which the observer is supposed to interfere.

Peter Heber

Lost in Space, wood carves

The small woodcuts from the series “Lost in Space” are developing endless spaces under their surface. The motives appear almost like naturally created structures and draw the observer’s eyes magically down to the bottom. They are inspired by the illustrations in the space atlases which the artist could again and again thumb through when seeing his brothers who are both astro-physicists.

  Karsten Krohn


Raumfänger, objects and drawings

The works of the series „Raumfänger“ (space catchers) are based on the concept of space itself – an abstract approach which can be found at the centre of many physical theories. His portrayal of space by means of a delicate lined net strongly reminds the attempts to illustrate bent space time in the General Theory of Relativity.

Alicja Kwade


Space Zimmer, Lichtgeschwindigket (video) and series Meridiane(photography)

Gerhard Mayer


#41, Gravitonentheorie-P, puzzle collages

The pictures are built up from puzzle pieces as elementary particles. Seen from a distance, the pictures become a continuous like the world that surrounds us. The wavy surface of the collages relies on the wave-particle-dualism, a quantummechanical property of all matter.
Gerhard Mayers is fascinated by fundamental physical theories which are both subject and inspiration for many of his works.

Ricarda Mieth  


Untitled, 2001 [Passway], walkable room installation

The „Installation o.T.“ by Ricarda Meith invites us to carry out a self-experiment: What will happen when I step onto the magnetic floor of the passageway with the provided magnetic shoes? Will I float or be stuck to the ground or will the experiment create a state of instability? In this work gravity and magnetism are combined with human curiosity which is the basis for scientific research. The passageway which blocks the sight to our left and right can be viewed as symbol for the scientific attempt to focus only on the essential features of a phenomenon.

Stefanie Reling


0°+, Graphic, Deutschlandreise, Video

The works of Stefanie Reling refer to physical methods rather than to concrete physical phenomena. In the graphics series "0°+", she is playing with the aesthetics of mathematical formulas.
She also conceived a new video work for the exhibition concerning the notion of time and its relativity.

Lecture series this sight

The exhibition will be accompanied by a small series of lectures devoted to set out the opposite point of view: Physicists and art.

All lectures will be held in german.


11/27/2005, 7 pm
Günter Lergon, former member of tie Institute of Experimental Physics, University of Essen
"Auf Spurensuche nach physikalischen Ideen in der bildenden Kunst"
[Search for evidence of physical ideas in visual art]

12/4/2005, 7 pm
Joachim Krug, Prof. for Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne
"Ein Auge welches sieht, das andre welches fühlt" - Über die Sichtbarmachung des Unsichtbaren
[... - Making visible the invisible]

12/11/2005, 7 pm
Ernst Peter Fischer, Prof. for History of Science, University of Konstanz
"Wissenschaft ohne Kunst ist unmenschlich, Kunst ohne Wissenschaft ist lächerlich."
[Science without art is inhuman, art without science is absurd]


Photos ©: the artists | Reinhild Kuhn (opening)
Concept: Rona Rangsch Organization: Rona Rangsch| Ulrich Weber