Exhibition 0 Starting From Zero
Hosted by: VU ART SCIENCE Gallery
Nov. 11, 2021 - Jan. 29, 2022 |
De Boelelaan, 1111
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Much more than any other number, zero has a wide variety of implications and meanings. From the moment it was conceived to the present day, its use has led to shifting worldviews. Unlike in the East, in Western societies the number’s associations with nothingness were long met with resistance. Today, zero has a prominent place in the systems that determine our reality, such as language, modern mathematics and physics, and the binary system. But even though we encounter the number zero on a daily basis, it also remains a completely invisible and elusive concept.
In the exhibition 0 Starting From Zero, Jennifer Tee, Jan Robert Leegte, Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand and Nicky Assmann seek to visualize various aspects of the number zero through their art.
Solaris, 2013 (© Nicky Assmann)
Black holes and the binary universe
The work ER=EPR by Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand refers to Einstein’s theory in which the denominator is zero, which implies that the centre of a black hole has infinite mass and gravitational pull. Jan Robert Leegte’s work focuses on the world of ones and zeros that create our digital universe. In Jennifer Tee’s art, apparent contradictions are effortlessly brought into symbiosis, much like the concept of shunya, which in ancient India represented both everything and nothing, providing an important philosophical basis for the number zero. Nicky Assmann’s work follows in the footsteps of the artist collective ZERO, which sought to break with art traditions and turned to daily life as a starting point for its work.
In the context of the ongoing investigation into artscience, the VU ART SCIENCE gallery organized a scientific intervention at their current expo 'O Starting From Zero'. Several scientists from different disciplines were asked to reflect and comment on the art displayed. Firstly the scientists had no prior knowledge of the works and their meaning, later they could make a more informed response.
To see more videos from the investigation: https://www.artsciencegallery.nl/exhibition/0-starting-from-zero/