Referring to the pioneering work of Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), the exhibition explores the notions of being and desire in a society determined by our bodily immersion within an ubiquitous and omnipresent electromagnetic realm.
This is the zone where the physical boundaries between what may be called "organic", or bodily sensors, and technological constructs intermingle. Considering the now lengthy history of the cyborg, the electron beam and the warp engine as a cultural concepts, one may wonder whether the distinctions between the natural world and globalized technologies are still valid. These issues were topics of Tesla's investigations a century ago as he sought to create a new utopian 'World Society' fueled by free energy created by the earth's own natural electromagnetic sphere. The contemporary implications of these observations and predictions in today's world of wireless detachment and unlimited mobility still present enigmatic research material to both scientists and artists alike.
Electromagnetic Bodies features electronic, interactive and acoustic artworks by Ælab, Jean-Pierre Aubé, Craig Baldwin, Mateusz Herczka, Simone Jones, Marie-Jeanne Musiol, Carsten Nicolai, Paulette Phillips, Catherine Richards, Jocelyn Robert, Daan Roosegaarde, David Tomas, Edwin van der Heide and Norman T. White, with commissioned works premiering by Michiel van Bakel with Bill Spinhoven, and Marnix de Nijs.
Vernissage Thursday May 4th, 20.30 at TENT., Rotterdam
The Electromagnetic Bride conference, accompanying the exhibition and
hosted by the Goethe-Institut Rotterdam, will take place on Saturday
May 6th from 10.00 to 17.00.
The project is supported financially by the Mondriaan Foundation, the Stichting CBK Rotterdam, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, The Filmfonds Amsterdam, and the Canadian Dept. of Foreign Affaires.
Electromagnetic Bodies: Aether, Desire and Resonance in Art and Technology is based on the Resonance: Electromagnetic Bodies international touring exhibition initiated and curated by Nina Czegledy and Louise Provencher in Canada, and co-curated by Stephen Kovats and Willie Stehouwer in Rotterdam.