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Observing Beast, Time, Evolution - Art and Science
Hildesheim (Germany)  

07.09 - 02.11.2008

07.09 - 25.11.2012

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Press release

A joint project of the Kunstverein Hildesheim and the Roemer-und-Pelizaeus- Museum Hidesheim curated by Elke Falat and Sabine Mila Kunz: What is life? How long will our fossil resources last? What is time? Who is responsible for climate change? Are we permitted to intervene in evolution?

Questions concerning genetic research, natural catastrophes and species extinction were fields long reserved for the natural sciences. They are now also dealt with a political and economic level. After the most recent Climate Report their brisance can be brought to a head in the question: Can the Earth be saved?

Against this very current backdrop, the Kunstverein in cooperation with the Roemer-und-Pelizaeus Museum Hidesheim has invited over a dozen contemporary artists to position their works. The show takes place simultaneously in both houses and integrates the museum's paleontological collection.

The participating artists have worked for many years in the context of the natural sciences, research and ecology. For the Hildesheim exhibition they have taken up topics from the museum's geological collection and employed scientific methodology for their own fictional documentations. They slip into the role of amateur scientics setting up beehives, baiting birds of paradise, or collecting gene data. They undertaake expeditions to the edges of the earth with the verve of an explorer or archivist of weeds, insects and trees in the urban space.

As the exhibition's title suggest, they observe animals, reflect of the passage of time, and devote themselves to subtile changes in our environment.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog, 128 pages, color, German/English

Artists: Mark Dion, Frank Hesse, Katie Holten, Sanna Kannisto, Ursula Hansbauer & Wolfgang Konrad, Künstlerkollektiv finger, Jochen Lempert, Ariane Michel, Helen Mirra, Jürgen Stollhans & Federico Geller, Susan Turcot, Lois & Franziska Weinberger


Exhibition 7 September - 2 November 2008.
Kunstverein Hildesheim, Kehrwieder 2 - 31134 Hildesheim. Open Wednesday to Saturday 3-6 p.m. Sunday 11 - 6 p.m.

Roemer-und Pelizaeus-Museum, Am Steine 1-2 - 31134 Hildesheim. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10-6 p.m.

Observing Beast, Time, Evolution - Art and Science, Hildesheim

© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2012. All Rights Reserved

Ariane Michel, Sur la Terre, vidéo, 2005

Beyond, left : Ariane Michel, Sur la Terre, vidéo, 2005

Beyond, right: Hansbauer & Konrad, Niemansland, 2005, installation, détail

Right : Sanna Kannisto, Eupetomena macroura, c-print, 2005