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Exhibition "CHAOS METHOD"

From 01.02. until 23.02.2020 the exhibition and conference “CHAOS Method” in St. Petersburg, Russia will run at the Central Museum of Communication. I exhibit my kinetic light object “Quantom” there and talk about quantum art, spirituality and mysticism on the podium at 5 p.m. on 08.02.2020.

Exhibition SUPERPOSITION

I was invited to curate an exhibition in the project room “DISKURS” and am looking forward to the opening of the now built exhibition: SUPERPOSITION on 22.01.2020 at 7 pm.

SUPERPOSITION shows radical positions about the perception from the field of Science Art / Art and Science of me and the artists:

Lucas Buschfeld

Edith Kollath

Sebastian Wolf 

SUPERPOSITION runs until 29.02.2020. The opening hours can be found on the website of Diskurs.

Here is my text about the exhibition:

The philosopher William von Occam recommended in the Middle Ages to free philosophy from all superfluous things with a razor knife, in essence to pursue the simplest explanation in the sense of coherence. This is a method which is nowadays commonly used when we perceive the “real world” because it makes life much easier and frees us from the need to weigh up the countless possibilities that present themselves at each and every moment. But consequently, this ease carries with it a big disadvantage:

According to today’s knowledge in theoretical and experimental physics, the material from which everything originated and originates carries the fundamental property of possibility in itself. The fundament of all is probability and not absolute clarity. We know this from quantum physics research of the past 100 years, due to the groundbreaking thoughts and theories of Max Planck, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, and many others. According to them, by renouncing possibilities, one actually destroys the possibilities if one does not consider them.

Take the thought experiment of Nobel Prize winner Erwin Schrödinger in 1935. In the hypothesis a cat is enclosed in a box containing a deadly mechanism, there is a 50% probability the mechanism will be trigged sometime or never and leads to the realization that one does not know whether the cat is alive or not, as long as one does not look inside the box. The cat, in this thought experiment, is in a state of superposition, of being and non-being. In the 1805 famous double-slit experiment this even became and becomes visible, because here light occurs simultaneously as both a particle and a wave and completely contradicts our perception that something can only be one single thing in one solid-state at the same time.

Indeed, the observation, the measurement, the “looking” or “perception” destroys the superposition and forms a concrete manifestation. Like a breaking wave, the probability wave collapses and forms the unambiguous reality. The cat is alive! …and there is no separation between the observer and the observed… The destructive power of observation therefore also leads to genesis, to emergence, to the crystallization of safety in the quantum foam of possibilities. 

Another Nobel Prize winner, nobody less than Albert Einstein himself, could not believe this, as it shook his ingenious space-time construct of the theory of relativity. He asked, “is the moon there when I’m not looking at it?” and later he continued on the subject of “God doesn’t roll a dice!”. We now know, yes, the moon is actually there, because it is constantly “measured” by subatomic and wave interactions and as Niels Bohr replied: “whether God rolls the dice or not, only God decides because he makes the rules”.

With the works of the participating artists, the exhibition “SUPERPOSITION” aims to focus on the aspect of reality formation through observation. The critical perception of the exhibited works leads to the formation of experiences, this is exactly what the works invite us to. In addition to their typical artistic, sculptural, technical structure, the installations have a narrative level that unfolds inside the viewer. This is a core component of the art movement “Science Art”, which can be experienced here, if one is willing to perceive it and, as a consequence, is given the opportunity to discover new realities.

Enjoy the journey of your discoveries!

Olaf Schirm

For the first time I show the kinetic sound installation:

SWARM

and:

fadeR

Here is a report about the show, published 27. Jan 2020 in Feuilletonscout

Interview in Plasma Magazine

Just published, the interview for my light quantum installation “Quantom” at State Studio Berlin read here

State Studio shows "Quantom"

On the occasion of 70 years of research of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, “State Studio” in Berlin organizes : An artistic journey into the Quantum universe

Materialize

Works by three artists will be shown, including the “Quantom” (kinetic laser installation) by me.

Opening is on August 1, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., the exhibition runs until October 1, 2019, due to the success further extended until 24. October!

State Studio, Hauptstrasse 3, 10827 Berlin (directly at UBhf Kleistpark)

Interview in "stayinart"

In issue 2.19 of the glossy art magazine “stayinart” you can read an interview with me about science art and my works. This is remarkable because this art form finds little public space, both in the media and in the public sphere. Click here for the interview online

Exhibition “Positions 2018”

At the art fair “Positions 2018” on the occasion of Art Week 2018 in Berlin, I am represented as an exhibiting artist at the booth of Galerie Eigenheim Weimar/Berlin in the edition “Instructions for Action” shown there with my work “THE NOW REMAINS”.

Publication of my most important music pieces

The French label "Alter-K" prepares the release of the most important songs from the (especially) early years of my artistic work as a musician for electronic compositions. This is where the information accumulates on their site.

The release is now scheduled for February 2019.

Exhibition transformart

The curatorial team of transformart has selected two works by me and Matthias Moseke for the exhibition transformart 2018 in Berlin. We had submitted a joint exhibition concept, as our works touch on similar themes and therefore the lighting of e.g. aspects of the formation of forms and the decay of forms in a room of two different artists with different material is exciting.

I show there:

Quantom

and for the first time:

Fader

"transformart" takes place annually on the grounds of the transformer plant Oberschöneweide and shows the works of about 80 artists with concerts and performances in the accompanying program.

Opening Thursday, 28. June 19:00 – 22:00
Wilhelminenhofstr. 83-85, 12459 Berlin
The exhibition is on view until 01.07.2018, FR/SA 14:00 to 22:00, SUN 14:00 to 19:00

 

Exhibition New York meets Berlin

I am pleased that the curatorial team Vida Sabbaghi, Carla Goldberg, Anna Franek, Romy Campe

two works by me have been selected for the exhibition New York meets Berlin.

"New York meets Berlin" takes place annually and shows artists from New York as well as artists from Berlin. The venue for the exhibition is New York and Berlin, each at the turn of the year.

This time theme is "face to face" and the exhibition takes place in Berlin, at Galerie Anna25.

Opening Saturday, 23. June 18:00 – 20:30
Gallery Anna 25, Schönleinstr. 25, Side Wings, 10967 Berlin
The exhibition is on view until 22.07.2018.

 

Do not tattoo

The feet somehow found the ground and signed up as mine.
In the morning it always takes a while to arrive in me, but always at the same time with all plans and plans for the day.
And this is a very special day: I don't want to get tattooed today.

For a long time I have wrestled with this decision, weighed up the pros and cons, retreated into solitude and weighed in crowds.
The bottom line is: I will do it today.
How did the decision come about? Actually quite by itself, like a lot in me, because there is always something rattling in the background.
Knots are knotted and dissolved.

Arriving at the gym, I play "TTP" again as I walk down the stairs to the men's locker room, a countdown game that I invented and lasts only a few seconds.
"TTP" means "Time to Penis", the time it takes until I see the first swinging penis after opening the locker room front door.
The longest time wins, but I've never got beyond 3-4 seconds and you have to know I'm not going to the studio at the typical (full) times.
Since the game is always over, there is time to consider variants, so I came to find tatoos. But it's even faster….

Especially in gyms it is trendy to appear with Tatoo(s) today, maybe even tattooed people get a discount.
So you're especially cool when the brain windings or the pages of your own notebook are painted on the outside.
There are bare bodies like mine on and off the roll. No tatoo, not many visible scars, hardly any freckles or liver spots. Just hair and fluff.
In the past, one deliberately harvested disinterested glances because of a body free of definition, too weak or too thick, then today because of the missing skull, illegible saying or the missing ranked tribal.

It is all too understandable that this dilemma is creating a new, large and profitable market.
So modern service shops are shooting out of the ground everywhere that don't tattoo.
As I said, I have decided and am now visiting one.

Doubts torment me along the way. Maybe I should get tattooed, then I'm one of them, everyone pats me on the shoulder in the studio and we talk about our tatoos and plans for more tatoos.
But who knows me, in the end I decide according to my own gusto and that's why I go on and now stand in front of the small shop with an overflowing shop window.
Behind the glass are numerous tatoo motifs and photos of naked, untattooed body parts of happy customers.
This makes you want more and I enter the shop for non-tattooing called "BlankCanvas".

A woman – as far as I can see – completely untattooed greets me and comes out behind the counter, scantily clad with a lot of body jewelry, made-up, but otherwise unpainted.
Apparently not a hardliner, I think, at least consistently, by representing what she offers.
After a short "Hello" you ask me "Do you want to find out more? Haven't you ever been tattooed and know what's going on?"
I denied the latter, and she offered to explain it to me: "So the most important thing is that you choose one of the two ways:
First, do you want an extremely ugly tattoo or a motif that you don't like at all, and then you can't get tattooed?
Choose one from our catalogues or we will design one especially for you. Then you can be glad not to have it.
or secondly, you choose a wonderful motif or let us design one according to your specifications.
After voting and acceptance, we will not expertly tattoo it. We have first-class staff with the best references.

Secretly I doubt the first-class references, because it is still a very young market and no shop exists for more than a year, maximum.
But I had read that the current non-tattooists are mostly retrained tattooists who are looking for a new fulfillment after years of pointless work.
I ask the untattooed woman from the reception, she now comes out as a boss and says she recruits her staff exactly where the burn out tattooists end up, e.g. with the anonymous tattooists, and builds them up in person.
The process is like getting to tattoo and of course it is not practiced on humans, but with pig skin, in order to approach the perfect non-tattoo.

I opt for the second option, I would rather have a tatoo, which I let develop exactly towards my story, until I like it so much that I don't have it tattooed.
Then whenever I look at the untattooed tatoo, I can remember that moment and enjoy not having it on my body.
At the thought of it, the water rises into my eyes.

So I commission a motive and choose the Big Bang, a very important moment for my life. The boss thinks she's going straight to work and I'm going to come back tomorrow and look at the draft.
She gives me another flyer, there are other happy untattooed customers to see and in the fine print I read that you can't resign from a non-tattoo after the beginning, that goes without saying.

So the next day I'm back at "BlankCanvas" and the boss presents me with two designs: a black circle with a black square of almost the same size, so that the corners of the square stand out from the circle. The second design is the same pattern, but only the black outline.

"This is the reference to the impossible possible, to the squaring of the circle. I call it PI-SQUARE," she says, and I'm thrilled.
But it is too striking for me, I ask if I could have the second draft without black outlines and she likes the proposal.
The change is made quickly and she asks me for the size and price calculation for the body location I chose for the tatoo. I choose the clearly visible area on the left side of my neck.
I knew it wouldn't be cheap, but the price makes me swallow with the same neck. Well, quality comes at a price and it's a lot of work. I am signing the order with the usual information on post-treatment and risks.
Then she takes me to the back room, where a well-trained tattooist is waiting for me.
Adjusting the motif on the neck was not easy, because you don't see it, it is now colorless and has no outlines anymore. This required a lot of skill and I am amazed how professionally and patiently the non-tattooist works and responds to my millimeter shift wishes.
Then it starts and the unpleasant and lengthy part begins, but it's not as bad as tattooing, because it's tattooed without ink and not tattooed so deeply.
Hours later I leave the shop with a big mullet on my neck, overjoyed to have survived, overjoyed not to be tattooed and I am eager to enjoy the result tomorrow after removing the patch.

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