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DOME – Our Relationship with the Cosmos

25.04.2018, Berlin | The interdisciplinary art project DOME invites you to engage with “cosmic realities” at the Zeiss-Großplanetarium in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg from May 18 to July 1, 2018. Initiated by the artist Frank J. Schäpel and accompanied by an extensive program of films, concerts, and lectures, the exhibition presents artistic and scientific positions that deepen, challenge, and expand our understanding of the cosmos.

DOME – Our Relationship with the Cosmos, © Martin Maeller

In the context of the DOME project, the cosmos symbolizes that which is unfathomably far away, while it, at the same time, constitutes our habitat of which we ourselves are a part. The works shown in the exhibition address themselves to the ambivalence of visualizing the unfathomable in order to gain a new understanding of our position in the cosmos. By juxtaposing artistic and scientific positions, the show puts different methods of perceiving, approaching, and presenting cosmic realities up for discussion: How to assess the possibilities and limitations of our immediate and apparatus-enhanced perception? How does our consciousness deal not only with sensory impressions and technologically gathered data, but also with the blind spots of our perception and world views?

The accompanying film program put the spotlight on documentary and artistic films that show space travelers’ experiences of the cosmos. The program kicks off with the film “Developing Tank” by Wilhelm Sasnal and the new 360° video projection “Mirror Matter” by Emilija Škarnulytė. The two concerts in the dome are electronic space compositions by Karlheinz Stockhausen (May 30, at 7:30 p.m.) and Iannis Xenakis (July 1, at 4 p.m.). An evening lecture titled “At the Frontier of Knowledge” (June 14, 6 p.m.) focuses on topics that are not understood, new research approaches, and abnormal data. These include alternatives to the big bang theory, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and sightings of unidentified flying objects.

DOME – Our Relationship with the Cosmos
Artistic and Scientific Positions

Exhibition Opening: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Exhibition Closing: Sunday, July 1, 2018, 6 p.m.

Duration: May 18–July 1, 2018

Visitor Information:

Prenzlauer Allee 80, 10405 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 421845-10
Fax: +49 30 421845-99

More detailed information and dates please find here.

pdf Invitation to the opening (in German)

Participating artists:

Lőrinc Borsos, Agnes Denes, Mark Fridvalszki, Martin Maeller, Timo Nasseri, Frank J. Schäpel, Michael Snow, August Strindberg, and Berlin amateur astronomers from 1910 to 1960

Film productions by:

Brad Abrahams, Max Ernst/Peter Schamoni, Romeo Grünfelder, Dana Ranga, Al Reinert, Bernhard Sallmann, Wilhelm Sasnal, David Sington, Emilija Škarnulytė, Michael Snow, Andreij Ujica, and Andrew S. Yang.


Martin Maeller “Untitled (Armillary sphere)” 2013 © Martin Maeller
Camera construction for “La Région Centrale,” 1971 © Michael Snow
Logo: © Katharina Shafiei-Nasab

DOME – Our Relationship with the Cosmos, © Michael Snow

DOME – Our Relationship with the Cosmos, © Katharina Shafiei-Nasab


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