Author Archives: Olaf Schirm

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WE Player

A player for stored music, as well as Internet radio streams. This music device is controlled by coded golf balls. A detailed description can be found here on the project page

Exhibition “MATERIA”

At Bermel von Luxburg Galerie, Fasanenstraße 29, 10719 Berlin, three of my works will be on display in the group exhibition “MATERIA”:


Enjoy the virtual walk through the gallery:

Courtesy ART@Berlin | www.artatberlin.com



SWARM, Sound kinetics object

fadeR, Spray kinetics object

DeepThought, Light kinetics object

The exhibition opens on Thursday, 05.03.2020 at 6 p.m. and runs until 03.05.2020

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 2018”

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 exhibit these artworks:

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
 
 
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