Yet, it moves!

11.05.23

– 31.12.23

In 2021, CC won Scandinavia’s greatest art award the Bikuben Foundation Vision Exhibition Award for the project Yet, It Moves!. Rewarded for its visionary exhibition format, the exhibition links scientific research and art through the theme of movement as a phenomenon from micro- to macrocosm.

The project will be realised through a collaborative venture between international and Danish artists as well as important scientific partners, and the results will appear via art installations in public spaces in Copenhagen and in three of CC’s exhibition halls during the summer and autumn of 2023.

Yet, It Moves! is thus both an exhibition and a research project examining movement – above, around, and within us.

Through a broad artistic programme, Yet, It Moves! examines movement as a ubiquitous phenomenon, illuminating the many complex patterns of movement that impact on us all. Movement is a basic premise for all life forms in theuniverse regardless of whether they are galaxies or planets moving around the sun, particles in the atmosphere, or life forms on Planet Earth; everything in the universe is in motion and every part is interconnected. We tend to forget how our everyday movements form part of greater contexts while our bodily movements through space and time leave footprints, thus contributing to shape the world around us.

The project title cites the story about the courageous Galileo Galilei, who was forced by the Catholic Church to deny the fact that the Earth moves around the sun and could not, therefore, be the centre of the universe – defending his theory with these words: ‘And yet it moves!’ His statement was a reference to the now widely accepted truth that, irrespective of human action, the Earth is part of a greater universal movement that impacts on ourselves and the world in which we move.

Yet, It Moves! is realised in collaboration with four scientific research institutions – incorporating the research fields astro and quantum physics, brain and cognitive research, anthropology, technology and performance studies. Scientific research partners: DARK at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, Arts at CERN in Geneva, The Interacting Minds Centre at Aarhus University, and ModLab (Digital Humanities Laboratory) at the University of California, in Davis.

Researchers from our partners institutions are paired with invited artists, who work and think with the scientific collaborators through short-term  residencies that take place during 2022. Through these partnerships, we want to create the possibility for thinking and their capacity to develop new ways to present scientific discoveries– through art installations, dance performances and innovative public programmes that can reach out a broad audience.

These are the aspects at the foundation of the vision for  Yet, It Moves!

We investigate movements that pertain to different fields of physics, from quantum to astrophysics through artworks and installations that use light and sound as a means to think about complex phenomena such as black holes, stars formation, gravitational waves, the universe expansion at a macro scale, as well as nuclear explosions, particles’ interaction at a micro scale. At the same time, we explore the human bodily movement patterns, how they connect to the cyclical rhythms of the universe, and how every movement we do imitates someone else’s movement.Movement – an aspect of life often taken for granted – is the means by which any life form in this universe self-regenerates. Even though we may not always be aware of it, everything evolves to assume new forms -everything in the universe is in motion and all parts are interconnected.During summer and autumn 2023, people walking, biking, commuting or driving throughout the city of Copenhagen will encounter art installations that reflect, deal or challenge movement as a concept and a phenomenon that happens on micro and macro scales. 

Yet, It Moves! is conceptualised and curated in collaboration with the curator and researcher Irene Campolmi.

OPEN CALL

In connection with the exhibition Copenhagen Contemporary launches an Open Call for artistic and architectural projects that examine movement over us, in us and around us.

Learn more and apply here.

 

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Cecilia Bengolea, Jenna Sutela, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Nora Turato, Helene Nymann, Ryoji Ikeda, and Black Quantum Futurism. More artists will be publicised on a current basis.

 

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH PARTNERS

Arts at CERN

Arts at CERN is the arts programme of CERN in Geneva, created in 2012 to foster dialogue between art and physics. Artists across all creative disciplines are invited to experience the way the big questions about our universe are pursued by fundamental science. Our goals are to inspire significant exchanges between art & physics, and to participate in an international cultural community eager to connect with CERN.

ModLab

The UC Davis ModLab is an experimental laboratory for new media and technology research and digital humanities. The lab offers a dynamic experimental environment for post-disciplinary modes of research including gaming, improvisation, collaborative virtual reality, and experimental science-art projects. UC Davis Performance Studies PhD program focuses on critical interdisciplinary performance-based scholarship and practice as research by mid-career artists.

DARK

Established by the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF), the Dark Cosmology Centre opened September 1st, 2005 in the Rockefeller building, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, which was initially funded by the DNRF for a duration of ten years (2005-2015).

Today DARK continues to receive funding from a variety of sources, including the Villum Foundation, the European Union/European Commission, Nordforsk, the Carlsberg Foundation, and the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation.

DARK constitutes the cosmology research group at the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI) , which means that several of its staff are permanent faculty members at the NBI, cooperating on the delivery of the astrophysics curriculum at the bachelor’s and master’s level, and contributing to the overall teaching and research aims of the NBI. The DARK team currently consists of 30 research staff, science support, 11 PhD students, and a number of MSc students. The team members bring in key expertise and interact closely on a daily basis.

The Interacting Minds Centre for the Study of Cognition, Communication and Choice

Specific abilities for interaction are key to being human. Interactions affect our bodies, our minds, our brains and the world we live in. We are, however, only beginning to understand even the most basic mechanisms. Successful interaction is critical for cooperation, coordination and learning. When this fails, confusion and conflict abound. In many clinical disorders, interactions that otherwise seem automatic may be difficult or outright impossible.

The Interacting Minds Centre (IMC) provides a transdisciplinary platform to study human interaction. It involves researchers from the humanities, social sciences, cognitive sciences, biology and clinical research. This is necessary, because through interactions, humans construct worlds that are at once physical, economic, symbolic and normative. We will therefore study the interplay between three related topics: cognition, communication, and choice. Bringing these fields together to bridge topics related to human interaction makes IMC a unique methodological and theoretical centre of research and inquiry.