Welcome to Paradise

Paola Pinna: Rat Cage, 2018, 3D Animation, Courtesey of the Artist © Paola Pinna

August 27 2021 – January 9 2022

The world is changing: between global catastrophes and rapid technological progress, humankind is creating new digital spaces for dreams and utopias. What does it mean to be human in this new world, and what if this dream landscape becomes a nightmare?

The exhibition Willkommen im Paradies (Welcome to Paradise) is an immersive, interactive project that transports visitors into fictional worlds between utopia and dystopia.


A.A Murakami
Hazel Brill
Martin Backes
Sandrine Deumier
fabien prioville
Barbara Herold & Florian Huth
Dagmar Hugk
Christiane Peschek
Paola Pinna
Eugen Schramm
Catherine Spet
Vesela Stanoeva
Aaron Stratmann mit Ursula Meyer, Matthias Brinkhoff, Julian Baer, Bianca Benzer, Jonas Wüstefeld, Tim Golombeck & Joahanna Wildhagen
Noriyuki Suzuki
Charlotte Triebus
Christian Bröer

Martin Backes: What do I know? I am just a machine?!, 2019, Tablet, Custom-Made Augmented Reality App, 3D Audio Kopfhörer © Martin Backes

The NRW-Forum Düsseldorf takes visitors on a media art trail of installations and virtual realities over 1,200 square metres. As they walk through the transmedia, narrative exhibition architecture, they face tasks and engage with artistic works on new forms of spirituality, digital rituals and the question of physicality in the virtual. The exhibition offers visitors a transformative artistic and personal experience in which fiction, science, art, technology and their own emotions and fantasies meet. At the end of the journey, paradise awaits—or does it?

The exhibition is curated by the artist and curator Vesela Stanoeva and Alain Bieber, artistic director of the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf. Some of the artworks were found via nextmuseum.io, a collaborative digital platform for co-curation and co-creation. Nextmuseum.io is a joint project by the NRW-Forum/Kunstpalast Düsseldorf and the Museum Ulm, funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation’s Digital Fund as part of the Kultur Digital program and supported by the Beisheim Foundation.

Willkommen im Paradies (Welcome to Paradise) is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and is part of the MARTA project, supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). MARTA is a joint research project by the Hochschule Düsseldorf, the media technology company Tennagels, the Lavalabs agency and the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf that will produce further artistic and technological works. The exhibition was also supported by funds from the District Government of Düsseldorf.

Exhibition design: Please Don’t Touch, Alain Bieber & Vesela Stanoeva

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