CHAOS!

Complexity in Arts and Sciences
11 September – 15 December 2012

Thomas Feuerstein - Parliament
Thomas Feuerstein, Parliament, 2012, © Thomas Feuerstein, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Project

The whirlwind of crisis summits just won’t stop. Currencies are floundering, climates changing. Governments, societies and the arts are increasingly being confronted with multi-faceted, complex problems. Simple solutions no longer work. Stability is on the decrease; unpredictability and chaos are on the rise.

In the sciences, chaos and inconsistency are considered just as important and acceptable as normal and linear behavior. Especially for complex systems such as cell structure, the immune system, fertility rates of animals, but also for the weather and the economy, non-linearity and chaotic behavior are characteristic. Many scientists are convinced that these different systems are based on similar basic principles. A possible approach to overcoming complicated global challenges is the relatively recent study of complexity. It uses computer simulation as well as physical and mathematical methodology to comprehend phenomena that arise with the concurrence of many factors.

The study of complexity shows multidimensional systems in a dynamic interconnectedness and in doing so replaces unequivocal results with possible scenarios. The focus of observation shifts to interdependency and probabilities take the place of certain findings. At instable junctures, small changes to initial situations can lead to massive variations. Characteristic for complex systems is the fact that the whole turns out to be more than the sum of its parts.

Does our evolutionary heritage allow us to think in complex terms, to accept uncertainties and make use of various systems of thinking simultaneously? How does complex thought express itself? How do the fine arts depict complexity? Do they open our eyes to complex correlations? These are some of the questions that are raised in the exhibition and accompanying program, which presents eight artistic perspectives that deal with the study of complexity in the form of installations, drawings and the new media.

Artists: Thomas Feuerstein, Christoph Keller, Mark Lombardi, Jenny Michel, Paidia Institute, Wolfgang Stehle, George Steinmann, Mark Wallinger

Scientists: Sibylle Anderl, Hans Diebner, Johann Feichter, Jürgen Tautz

Catalogue

Chaos! - Catalogue

Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue, EUR 2,00
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Mark Lombardi - Global International Airways
Mark Lombardi, Global International Airways, © Mark Lombardi, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
Wolfgang Stehle - Giant’s Causeway
Wolfgang Stehle, Giant’s Causeway, © Wolfgang Stehle

Lectures

Saturday, 15 September 2012, 6 pm

Dr. Hans Diebner, physicist and complexity scholar at the Institut für Neue Medien, Frankfurt am Main
Chaos. The Art of Complex Thinking

George Steinmann, artist, Bern
Multidisciplinary work on the interface of architecture, cell biology and the fine arts

Followed by discussion with Dr. Hans Diebner and George Steinmann

Sunday, 16 September 2012, 6 pm

Dr. Johann Feichter, climate and atmospheric scholar, Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie, Hamburg and ETH, Zürich
A Cloud is not a Cloud – Climate and Complexity

Christoph Keller, artist, Berlin
Cloudbuster and other projects

Followed by discussion with Dr. Johann Feichter and Christoph Keller

Thursday, 16 Oktober 2012, 8 pm

Sibylle Anderl, astrophysicist and philosopher, Argelander-Institut für Astronomie, Universität Bonn
Die Deutung des Komplexen. Modelle in der Wissenschaft

Saturday, 10 November 2012, 6 pm

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Tautz, biologist, the BEEgroup, Biozentrum, Universität Würzburg
The Bee State: More than the Sum of its Bees

Wolfgang Stehle, artist, Munich
Absentia Apis melliferae and other projects

Followed by discussion with Prof. Dr. Jürgen Tautz and Wolfgang Stehle

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