press release

An Immersive Library of Octopus Aesthetics
04.09.2020 - 08.11.2020
Opening: 09.09.2020

What – or who – is an octopus? On the one hand, octopuses pose puzzles to science – how can we understand such a strange uncanny creature? – and on the other, they open up a rich potential through their intense aesthetic and changeable form for artistic imagination. The project “Octopus Encounters” picks up, where scientific-rational views on octopuses reach their limits and features a series of artistic works produced in large part for this exhibition project. In conjunction with scientific positions the exhibition makes it possible to experience complex living environments of octopuses, that offer new perspectives on how to bring us closer to this other being.

Rachel Bailey, Tanja-Kristine Böhme, Burton/Nitta, Madison Bycroft, Jeremy Deller, Pascal Marcel Dreier, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Thomas Hawranke, Hörner/Antlfinger, Florian Kunert, mOwson&M0wson, NEOZOON, Jean Painlevé, Shimabuku, Mike Singe, Anne Weyler, Alexander Ziegler.

Curated by von OktoLab – Laboratory for Octopus Aesthecics,