Welcome to Paradise

February 5 – May 30 2021

Barbara Herorld und Florian Huth VOID Woodlands 2016 Einkanal Video HD Courtesy of the Artists Copyright Barbara Herold und Florian Huth

The world is changing: the boundaries between synthetic and organic life, between civilisation and nature, people and technology are dissolving. On the one hand, we are experiencing catastrophic climate change, the worldwide spread of diseases, loss of biodiversity, growing populism, and new right-wing terrorism. On the other hand, a new narrative is emerging: technology is becoming the promise of a virtual paradise. Humankind is creating new digital spaces for dreams and utopias. But this dream landscape can also become a nightmare, and new questions about what it means to be human in this world have to be negotiated. The exhibition project Willkommen im Paradies (Welcome to Paradise) is an experiment, an immersive and interactive production. The NRW-Forum will become a transmedia media art trail, with art installations, video and music productions, and virtual realities. With works by Hazel Brill, Sandrine Deumier, RaumZeitPiraten, Studio Swine, Barbara Herold and Florian Huth, Noriyuki Suzuki, and many more, the exhibition takes visitors into fictional worlds between dystopia and utopia.

Noriyuki Suzuki 2019 Mixed Media Installtion Courtesy of the Artist Copyright Noriyuki Suzuki

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