Weird Science is an exhibition about cultivation or Bildung, and a measurement of the distance between the rational education and its possible (irrational) uses.
In the 80's high-school movie, which the exhibition is titled after, two teenagers use their computer skills to create the woman of their dreams. This narrative has its roots back to the Greek legend of Pygmalion, best known through Ovid's Metamorphoses, in which a sculptor falls in love with the sculpture he has created. Pygmalion is a study of creation taking on a life of its own.
These unexpected outcomes form the central idea and inspiration for the exhibition. In Wild Child (Old School Remix), a 16mm film by Pedersen, Dolven Balke and Freuchen, a teacher gradually rediscovers his primitive drives and rituals parallel to his student's increasing cultivation. The social process is described as a game, constantly inscribed with new rules of engagement as it unfolds.
4 - 18 October 2009
Private view 3 October, 7pm - 10pm