Is a scientific ‘discovery’ not merely a question of learning to observe better? The presentation Matter consists of a series of installations that facilitate meetings between humans and matter.
Specially for Neuhaus, Matter is bringing various works by artist duo Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand together. In their installations, these artists facilitate unmediated, real-time meetings between humans and matter. Instead of using recording techniques or fixing natural phenomena in a medium, Domnitch and Gelfand facilitate ongoing experience of the phenomenon. By immersing themselves in a kind of observatory, visitors can experience close up things that people seldom experience in a conscious way. An appeal is made to a wider sensory repertoire and more intense observation. Science and rationality, or art and sensory awareness? This ‘rendezvous’ with matter makes it clear that this distinction is often small, and that matter is so much more than just latent material.
With thanks to Asmus Tietchens (sound Memory Vapour) and Francisco López (sound Aerobiome).
On 14 March 2019 Evelina Domnitch gave a lecture at Het Nieuwe Instituut.