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Eppur Si Muove

Art and Technology, A Shaped Sphere

The product of an ambitious partnership with the Musée des Arts et Métiers, the exhibition Eppur si muove (And yet it turns) focuses on the many links that exist between the fields of the visual arts and technology, as well as the decisive influence that the history of the sciences and technology has exercised on contemporary artists.

Filling all the Mudam Luxembourg’s exhibitions spaces, and in a spirit of dialogue, it brings together some seventy pieces dating from between the eighteenth century to the present day from the collections of the prestigious museum in Paris and more than 130 works by artists who, through the questions that they engage with, the experiences they offer, and the manner of production and collaboration they employ, embrace the themes that have run through the domains of technology and science for several centuries.

Opening with a representation of the emblematic pendulum built by Léon Foucault – “he first to physically demonstrate the spinning movement of the Earth”, in the words of artist Piotr Kowalski – the exhibition is structured in three sections: “Measuring the World”, “Matter Revealed”, and “Inventions Applied”, each occupying a floor of the museum in several theme-based rooms. Questions tackled vary from celestial mechanics, descriptive geometry, the measurement of time and space, observation of the infinitely large and infinitely small, light, sound and electromagnetic waves, tools, energy, and cybernetics: each a facet of a world that man has always attempted to understand and mould.

By means of the dialogue that it stimulates, the exhibition Eppur si muove - Art et technique, un espace partagé also reassesses the dynamics common to both domains, which are often artificially distanced from one another. Freed of the conception of art being autonomous, the works bear out the importance to the creative process of technical and scientific research, collaboration, experimentation, and instrumentation. In parallel and aside from their undeniable physical beauty, the technical objects from the Musée des Arts et Métiers embody the dimension of intuition and creativity that goes hand-in-hand with all scientific research. This unique exhibition thus draws the contours of a “shared space” between artists and engineers, artists and scientists – a place where unique yet complementary gazes on the contemporary world intersect.

Catalogue

A Mudam Luxembourg publication brings together hitherto unpublished essays by, among others, Marie-Sophie Corcy, Patricia Falguières, Arnaud Dejeammes, Vincent Crapon and Christophe Gallois, as well as a major section devoted to the exhibition with background descriptions and visuals of the works on view.

Symposium

FABRIQUE DES SCIENCES - FABRIQUE DES ARTS
La question de la recherche dans les domaines scientifiques, techniques et artistiques
15 – 17 octobre 2015

The exhibition will be the subject of an international symposium to be held from 15 to17 October 2015 at the Mudam. Titled “Fabrique des sciences – Fabrique des arts”, it will be chaired by Patricia Falguières, professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and is being organised in collaboration with the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers – Lorraine, the École supérieure d’Art de Lorraine, the Université de Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), with the support of the Fonds National de la Recherche, Luxembourg.

CoRobots

The SNT research department (Interdisciplinary Centre for ICT Security, Reliability and Trust) of the Université de Luxembourg is currently working on an ambitious mediation project for a 21st century museum, initiated by the researcher Patrice Caire, which consists in “robotically” supporting the Mudam’s Publics Department. Developed over three years, this programme will& in due course consist in enabling robots to welcome and interact with museum visitors. The project’s first phase will be unveiled at the exhibition.

© CoRobots Photo: Patrice Caire

Credits

Curators:
  • Marie-Noëlle Farcy, Christophe Gallois, Enrico Lunghi, Clément Minighetti (Mudam)
    Marie-Sophie Corcy (Musée des arts et métiers)

Associate curators:
  • Vincent Crapon (Mudam)
    Lionel Dufaux, Cyrille Foasso (Musée des arts et métiers)

Artists

Dove Allouche, Darren Almond, Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil, Julien Berthier, Michael Beutler, Mel Bochner, Katinka Bock, Stanley Brouwn, Chris Burden, Nina Canell, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Attila Csörgő , Björn Dahlem,Edith Dekyndt, Wim Delvoye , Ólafur Elíasson, Christoph Fink, Gego, Jochen Gerner ,Marco Godinho, Paul Granjon, Grönlund-Nisunen, João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Wade Guyton, Paul Harrison & John Wood, Rebecca Horn, Éric van Hove, Ann Veronica Janssens, Véronique Joumard, Jugnet + Clairet, Rolf Julius, On Kawara, Paul Kirps, Piotr Kowalski, Sophie Krier, Alicja Kwade, Bertrand Lamarche, David Lamelas, Vincent Lamouroux, Katie Lewis, Jorge Macchi, Daria Martin, Kris Martin, Tatsuo Miyajima, Kazuko Miyamoto, Laurent Montaron, Gianni Motti, Carsten Nicolai, Navid Nuur, Lisa Oppenheim, Damián Ortega, Adrian Paci, Trevor Paglen, Nam June Paik, Miguel Palma , Panamarenko, Michel Paysant, Amalia Pica, Julien Prévieux, Evariste Richer, Georges Rousse, Thomas Ruff, Stéphane Sautour, Lasse Schmidt Hansen, Conrad Shawcross, Simon Starling, Stelarc, Thomas Struth , Takis, Jean Tinguely, Francisco Tropa, Guido van der Werve, George Widener, John Wood & Paul Harrison, Raphaël Zarka