Harbinger II: Subtle Collisions

UGent Botanical Garden, July 2019


Where there are uncertainty and doubt, there is the desire to understand. To face uncertainties, we sometimes have to predict, anticipate, and rely on our intuition. We estimate changes and try to visualize unknown matters. The exhibition Harbinger II: Subtle Collisions asks the question: what are the common grounds between art and science? Could it be in the way both fields use prediction and intuition as an approach towards understanding the world? A harbinger predicts future events. Both artists and scientists could be considered as forerunners, who reveal imperceptible phenomena. They aim to reach sensible dimensions of the world, driven by a constant curiosity.

Harbinger II: Subtle Collisions combines works by the artistic researchers associated with KASK & Conservatorium, developed after a visit to the CERN facilities in Geneva, with work by artists selected by the postgraduate students of Curatorial Studies. It is part of Harbinger, a project by Curatorial Studies in collaboration with art@CMS and Ghent University.

"2017" Pratchaya Phintong, 2009
"Provisory Object 03" Edith Dekyndt, 2004
Juste des mots: il n'y a rien à voir là-bas" Véronique Béland, 2019
"#37",2009 "#43.6", 2014 by Joost Rekveld
"Erosional Processes" Nicolás Lamas, 2016
"Weerlicht" Elias Heuninck, 2008
"The Color Biolab" María Boto & Kristel Peters - Biolab, 2019
"Camera Illuminati" Chantal Van Rijt, 2018

Photos by Ingel Vaikla

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"Erosional Processes" Nicolás Lamas, 2016

In his work, Nicolás Lamas treats everyday objects as if they are archeological and geological samples. By cutting and sanding billiard balls, Lamas allows us to see the stratification on the objects, revealing patterns and colours that are normally invisible. Each object gives the feeling of being part of archeological evidence. Their thoughtful display reminds of scientific classifications, a system of categorizing used in order to structure our knowledge.