IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

In Case of Emergency, Science Gallery, Dublin 2018

NEW SCIENCE GALLERY, DUBLIN

What’s the difference between a collapse, a downfall, and a downright apocalypse? How will it all end, and why do we love to wonder? Ice or fire, zombies or bombs? Out with a bang or a whimper? And can we do anything to stop the decline?

The Science Gallery in Dublin is located on the ground of Trinity College. It is an independent non-profit gallery and the world’s first university-linked network dedicated to public engagement with science and art. The gallery occupies two floors with a coffee shop, gift shop and an auditorium for lectures. I try to visit the gallery few times a year, the exhibitions are always very educational at the same time the viewer is asked a lot of questions. You can always get a full explanation from dedicated students involved in the show at the time. The gallery also offers lectures on various scientific topics.

In Case of Emergency is the most recent exhibition which is nearly coming to an end. I like the innovative and interactive way the facts are presented. Made a short recording of it, the display unit is a book with a projected images.

 


DOOMSDAY CLOCK

 

Wall covered with clocks showing specific times around the world as an expression of political and historical events such as nuclear weapon tests, revolutions, massive changes. Took a photo of the one that felt the most personal.

Year: 1990
Minutes to midnight: 10
Difference from the previous setting: -4

European countries like Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Romania free themselves from Soviet control with no resistance or retaliation by Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. In late 1989, the Berlin Walls falls, symbolically ending the Cold War.

In Case of Emergency, Science Gallery, Dublin 2018
In Case of Emergency, The Science Gallery, Dublin 2018

 


FRAMEWORKS OF ABSENCE

Artist: Brandon Ballengee

 

In Case of Emergency, Science Gallery, Dublin 2018
In Case of Emergency, The Science Gallery, Dublin 2018
In Case of Emergency, Science Gallery, Dublin 2018
In Case of Emergency, The Science Gallery, Dublin 2018
In Case of Emergency, Science Gallery, Dublin 2018
In Case of Emergency, The Science Gallery, Dublin 2018
In Case of Emergency, Science Gallery, Dublin 2018
In Case of Emergency, The Science Gallery, Dublin 2018
In Case of Emergency, Science Gallery, Dublin 2018
In Case of Emergency, The Science Gallery, Dublin 2018
In Case of Emergency, Science Gallery, Dublin 2018
In Case of Emergency, The Science Gallery, Dublin 2018

 


VOYAGE ON THE PLANET

Artist: Chiu Chih

 

In Case of Emergency, Science Gallery, Dublin 2018
In Case of Emergency, The Science Gallery, Dublin 2018
In Case of Emergency, Science Gallery, Dublin 2018
In Case of Emergency, The Science Gallery, Dublin 2018
In Case of Emergency, Science Gallery, Dublin 2018
In Case of Emergency, The Science Gallery, Dublin 2018

 


THE CHINESE ‘DUST BOWL’

Artist: Benoit Aquin

 

In Case of Emergency, Science Gallery, Dublin 2018
In Case of Emergency, The Science Gallery, Dublin 2018
In Case of Emergency, Science Gallery, Dublin 2018
In Case of Emergency, The Science Gallery, Dublin 2018

 


SERIES OF DRAWINGS IN CHALLENGING SITUATIONS

Artist: Colin Matthes

 

 


THE END OF ‘THE END OF HISTORY’

Artist: Rodrigo Lebrun

 

In Case of Emergency, Science Gallery, Dublin 2018
In Case of Emergency, The Science Gallery, Dublin 2018

Rodrigo Lebrun

 

Rodrigo Lebrun

 

Rodrigo Lebrun

 

Words coming out from those visuals projects will give you chills. Summary of the world we live in today.  It helps to understand our confusion.  The macroeconomic, social and financial emergency – can we do anything to stop the decline?

 


 

FLUXUS

Could The Fluxus Art Movement be an inspiration for the way the display units in The Science Gallery are presented? Combination of art and science with a use of various intermedia?

 

Magazine Artsy has an article covering the movement called ‘What Is Fluxus?’

 

 

     

 

 

CHINA, CHINA, CHINA

Origami roosters celebrating Year of a Rooster 2017

Everybody talks about China. How much do I know about China? What are the first associations I have with the country?

It is a big piece of land with an old history and a massive world population. They love their food and they live to work. The country had its cultural revolution under the leadership of Mao Zedong where the traditional art, craft and literature had to be destroyed to create new, equal society. So far, for years anything that was ‘Made in China’ meant poor quality and mass production. It’s kind of still the case … Today everyone wants to trade with China, some even see the country as an economic and military threat.

I really wasn’t sure will I have enough to write about before I started my research on Chinese design. How wrong was I! Seems, I have found material for a string of posts.

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Ai WeiWei is Chinese most famous, provocative, contemporary, multidisciplinary artist and an activist. The guy is a living legend, went through a lot of hardship dealing with Chinese authorities. His work reflects on social issues with an emphasis on violations of human rights. He has a great compassion to most vulnerable people.

Ai WeiWei during an exhibition in Le Bon Marche, Paris
Ai WeiWei during an exhibition in Le Bon Marche, Paris

 

Le Bon Marche department store in Paris, featured in January 2016, Ai WeiWei exhibition called ‘Child’s Play’ a creation of mythological creatures using an old technique that involves stretching silk or paper over bamboo frames. The exhibition was inspired by Chinese antiquity legends and fairy tales, written by Shan Hai Jing.

Sadly, the artist could not read the stories as a child as it was totally forbidden at the time in China. During Mao Zedong ruling the intellectual property had to be destroyed with an idea of creating a different society. Society cut off from the past, roots, traditions, arts and crafts.

‘CHILD’S PLAY’ EXHIBITION

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‘LAUNDROMAT’ EXHIBITION

The exhibition features refugees clothes and shoes collected on the shore of Greece. Clothes are presented in a desirable way,  placed in a trendy store created by Ai WeiWie. Wall is covered with images of refugees gathered from social media.

Ai Weiwei: Laundromat at Deitch Projects

Ai Weiwei: Laundromat at Deitch Projects

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