Zufall und Liebe

Zufall und Liebe - Rike Horb / Matthias Krieg / Eva Vuillemin
9 October - 1 November 2015

Opening: Friday 9 October 2015, 7pm

curated by Jagoda Kamola

With the advent of modern art, chance became the creative 'spark' which excites artistic imagination and causes non-predictable but feasible material results; a practice that left chance a continuous paradox. This exhibition approaches chance as 1. a definable beginning 2. furthered by repetition, consolidated in 3. continuity which unfolds against the backdrop of spontaneity in continuous interaction with the world. In this sense, we refer to Charles Sanders Peirce’s notion of Tychism; rather than postulating the importance of determinism in cosmology and in socio-economic Darwinism Peirce claimed that the origin of species is triggered by evolutionary love or 'agapeism', when one entity is prepared to sacrifice its own perfection for the sake of the wellbeing of another.

The exhibition brings together photography (Eva Vuillemin), performative sculpture (Rike Horb) and a sound installation (Matthias Krieg). The exhibition will be accompanied by a screening of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s movie Przypadek (Blind Chance) and lectures on chance as understood by philosophy and physics.

Image: Rike Horb, Numerik Raster, 2014, felt pen on paper, 29,7 x 21 cm

Lecture on Chance #1: Saturday 10 October 2015, 5pm
Agnieszka Anna Wolodzko (Leiden University) 'Thinking Against Chance or How Something New is Possible'

The notion of chance, although in the common understanding carrying a sense of that which might be unexpected, is linked to the concept of probability. Here lies a particular paradox: in order for chance to be perceived, there must be a holistic vision of events. Agnieszka Anna Wołodźko will thus discuss how we can think about the new while keeping the notion of unpredictability and the non-linear understanding of causality. In this way, the problem of chance will be examined as the problem of creativity and experimentation.

Agnieszka Anna Wołodźko holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (Poland) and an MA in The Philosophy of Art History from Leiden University (The Netherlands). She is a PhD candidate in the cultural disciplines at Leiden University investigating ways in which art, by using living bodies as its medium, reveals overall cultural, social and political significance of affect in the contemporary understanding of biotechnologically manipulated bodies. In particular she is interested in how art comes with ethical concerns and responsibilities within its creative practice which in turn exposes the aesthetico-ethical implications for the new material meaning production. Her recent publication in English is ‘Materiality of affect. How art can reveal the more subtle realities of an encounter,’ in Rosi Braidotti and Rick Dolphijn (ed.) This Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Life, Rodopi: Amsterdam/New York, 2015.

Film Screening: Sunday 11 October 2015, 5pm
Screening of Przypadek (engl. Blind Chance), dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski (1987)
114min., Polish with English subtitles
with an introduction by Jagoda Kamola

Blind Chance (Polish: Przypadek), written and directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski, presents three storylines, told in succession; the impetus to the storylines is when a medical student Witek (Bogusław Linda) tries to catch his train to Warsaw. This incident could influence the rest of his life; his political orientation, belief, career and whom he loves.

Lecture on Chance #2: Tuesday 13 October 2015, 7pm
Noam Libeskind (Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam) on 'Uncertain and Relative - Coincidences in Twentieth Century Physics'

The 20th century undoubtedly changed the way we think about most things from humanity to nature. In physics and astronomy this is particularly true as the classical clockwork world of Newton was turned upside down by the revolution triggered by Einsteinian relativity and Quantum mechanical uncertainty. Many of the great discoveries were a result of apparent coincidences, which ultimately revealed the modern view of the physical world.

Noam Libeskind studied theoretical physics at University College London and Mathematics at the University of Cambridge before completing his PhD in 2006 at the Institute for Computational cosmology, in Durham on the topic of galaxy formation. He spent his first post doc in Jerusalem and then came to Potsdam where he has been working in the "large scale structure group" at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics. His research is focused on the Big Bang, the expansion of the universe, Dark matter, black holes, and galaxies. Noam Libeskind has written more than 40 scientific papers including articles for the Scientific American. Currently he is about to move to Madrid, where he will take up a Ramon y Cajal position (junior professorship). Most recently, Noam Libeskind co-designed a chandelier together with his father which was built by Zumtobel (http://libeskind.com/work/el-chandelier/).
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