"Science + Fiction" - Between Nano-World and Global Culture

National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

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"Science + Fiction" has been traveling around all corners of Europe since 2002 and has now reached Asia. Created for Volkswagen's 40th anniversary, this event aims to combine science with art, and vice versa. Focusing on themes such as "Science and Society", "Nanotechnology", "Brain Research", "Global Culture" and "The Future, Science, and Society", the artists give their answer to questions like 'What are the agreements and failures science has brought about in our culture?', 'What's the meaning of being able to control things at the atomic level?', 'What kind of function does the brain have in cognitive processes?' and 'What happens to the border between the self and the other in this internationalised world?' Each theme is introduced by so-called 'satellite boxes' in which objects, images, historical data, etc are displayed next to news and research data. The 'listening boxes' play audio of scientists and artists giving their views on things. The design for these boxes was inspired by the so-called 'Wunderkammer', a box of the Baroque period in which rare objects were placed.
This event presents a lot of works and information; from real brains to the history of anatomy, from research data about nanotechnology to SF-movies, from scientific advice and news pictures by intellectual scientists to artworks... this collection goes out in many directions, just like the world it attempts to grasp. This event is an attempt to bring contemporary global society closer to science; a valuable interaction for the rapidly changing times we live in.
To quote German social scientist Niklas Luhmann: "It seems as if what the high-level theory of science is involved with is a world it can no longer describe nor be aware of. To make that theory work in the real world, we need to adopt a new language, some sort of mirror-like literate expression."
[photo: Herling]

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