Science // Fiction

Science // Fiction

SANDRA KRANICH
SOLEY RAGNARSDOTTIR
FLAUT M. RAUCH
SIMON SPEISER

Curated by Miriam Bettin

Cosmology, multiverses, extraterrestrial life, cosmic horror, posthumanism, interspecies, time travel,
metaphysics, extrapolation, speculation, utopias, dystopias, fiction, non-fiction, science. It is an uncanny and
overwhelming feeling to think about outer space, its black holes, its abyss – a feeling in which rationality is
overcome by the deeply seductive potential of the imagined. Science fiction is not only a way to create fictional
narratives and aestheticised images around a field that is far beyond our comprehension but also an extended
space of possibilities in science, technology, society and culture. Unlike reality science fiction does not have to
follow parameters like time and space. The exhibition focuses on how science, fiction and their encounter
might be materialised or performed within a contemporary (art) context.
The invited artists deal with concrete or abstract images of this (or another) cosmos and forms of utopia and
dystopia: stereometrically in Sandra Kranich’s drawings of space-related architectural forms, explosively in
Sóley Ragnarsdóttir’s large scale paintings on paper which present transformations between machines and
organisms, quasi-spiritually and post-rationally in Flaut M. Rauch’s jelly paintings and multi-layered floor
installation whereas transhumanist concerns in Simon Speiser’s new digital prints combine technology and
nature. Science // Fiction meet one another while exploring and defining boundaries anew.
The exhibition is accompanied by two events: a reading by writer Mark von Schlegell from his new
novel Sundogz (2015) and a lecture by science historian Bjoern Schirmeier entitled Visions of space in space. A
virtual archeology.

“For me, the only true, serious science to be continued is science fiction.” Jacques Lacan, Il ne peut pas y avoir
de crise de la psychoanalyze

“(…)This is a struggle over life and death, but the boundary between science fiction and social reality is an
optical illusion.” Donna Haraway, Cyborg Manifesto

Offener Projektraum Produktions- und Ausstellungsplattform basis e.V., Elbestraße 10, 60329 Frankfurt am Main

Special thanks to: Produktions- und Ausstellungsplattform basis e.V., Kulturamt Frankfurt am Main
maecenia Frankfurter Stiftung für Frauen in Kunst und Wissenschaft

Installation view Flaut M. Rauch, Sóley Ragnarsdóttir.

Installation view Flaut M. Rauch, Sóley Ragnarsdóttir.

Flaut M. Rauch, Transfer Circuit (Center, Expand, Balance, Prepare, Express, Extend, Unlock, Flow), 2014, Fruit gum, graphite, glass, tomato stem, liquorice, furniture polish, each 30 cm x 40 cm, Ethno World, 2014, soil, air, foil, liquid iron, iron powder, magnets, sugar pearls, instant food, childrens' walking stick, gold bar, esoteric stone, iPod, speaker, interactive mouse, petri dish. From the series Transfer Sigma.

Flaut M. Rauch, Transfer Circuit (Center, Expand, Balance, Prepare, Express, Extend,
Unlock, Flow), 2014, Fruit gum, graphite, glass, tomato stem, liquorice, furniture polish,
each 30 cm x 40 cm, Ethno World, 2014, soil, air, foil, liquid iron, iron powder, magnets,
sugar pearls, instant food, childrens‘ walking stick, gold bar, esoteric stone, iPod, speaker,
interactive mouse, petri dish. From the series Transfer Sigma.

Sóley Ragnarsdóttir, Untitled, 2015. Acrylic, spray paint, pencil, ink, 203 cm x 150 cm.

Sóley Ragnarsdóttir, Untitled, 2015. Acrylic, spray paint, pencil, ink, 203 cm x 150 cm.

Simon Speiser, Ghost 2, 2015. Fabric, epoxy resin, acrylic medium, laserprint, rim silver, 78 cm x 55 cm.

Simon Speiser, Ghost 2, 2015. Fabric, epoxy resin, acrylic medium, laserprint, rim silver,
78 cm x 55 cm.

Installation view Sóley Ragnarsdóttir.

Installation view Sóley Ragnarsdóttir.

Sóley Ragnarsdóttir, Untitled, 2015. Clay, acrylic, wire, tape, 13,5 cm x 11 cm x 7 cm.

Sóley Ragnarsdóttir, Untitled, 2015. Clay, acrylic, wire, tape, 13,5 cm x 11 cm x 7 cm.

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Sandra Kranich, Ohne Titel, 2014, pencil on paper, 42 cm x 59,4 cm. Courtesy the artist and Philipp Pflug Contemporary, Frankfurt am Main.

Sandra Kranich, Ohne Titel, 2014, pencil on paper, each 42 cm x 59,4 cm. Courtesy the artist and Philipp Pflug Contemporary, Frankfurt am Main.

Sandra Kranich, Ohne Titel, 2014, pencil on paper, each 42 cm x 59,4 cm. Courtesy the
artist and Philipp Pflug Contemporary, Frankfurt am Main.

Installation view Simon Speiser, Sandra Kranich.

Installation view Simon Speiser, Sandra Kranich.

Simon Speiser, Ghost 5, 2015. Fabric, epoxy resin, acrylic medium, laserprint, rim silver, 127 cm x 51 cm.

Simon Speiser, Ghost 5, 2015. Fabric, epoxy resin, acrylic medium, laserprint, rim silver,
127 cm x 51 cm.