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Liverpool exhibition to explore the limits of science

  • Date:2016-11-11~2017-02-05
Liverpool exhibition to explore the limits of science

What is the nature of scientific truth? Explore the limits of science with Taiwan's Yin-ju Chen (陳瀅如) and fellow inquisitive artists in the joint exhibition "No Such Thing As Gravity” at Liverpool.

Many of the general public are under the impression that scientists agree on the same points and that the overall body of knowledge about the world is a fixed framework. However, as the exhibition title suggests, theoretical physicists remain in disagreement over what gravity actually is.

Thus "No Such Thing As Gravity” worked with scientists and artists to address how science is a continual quest for knowledge even when the absence of established facts may leave room for alternative science, conspiracy theories, and irrational beliefs.

Chen, 39, is a Taiwanese artist who primary employs video as a medium for exploring the function of power in human society, nationalism, racism, totalitarianism, and collective (un)conscious. Her recent works also recruits photos, installations, and drawings to reflect on the relations between human behavior and the cosmos.

"Action at a Distance,” her contribution to "No Such Thing As Gravity,” describes a universe where both science and pseudoscience are justified means to understanding human life. The three-channel video installation addresses issues regarding the corporal body, human governments, and state-mandated violence.

"Action at a Distance” is the third installment of Chen's latest audiovisual project. The predecessor "Extrastellar Evaluations II” probes for signs of cosmic sentience in an ongoing exhibition in Manchester, while the first chapter "Extrastellar Evaluations” on the lost continent of Lemuria debuted at the 2016 Liverpool Biennial earlier this summer.

"No Such Thing As Gravity” will run from Nov. 11 through Feb. 5, 2017 at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool, UK. The ambitious collaboration of arts and science offers free entry.

‘No Such Thing As Gravity'

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