In the absence of evidence

03.13.2021 - 04.22.2021
03.13.2021 11h - 18h
77 Rue des Archives, 75003 Paris

In the absence of evidence, there is room for speculation. There is room for promises, for hope, and for fear. In absence of evidence, all fantasies are possible. It is only the final proof that determines which fantasy is genuine and throws out all other versions of reality. After all, the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.

With their second solo exhibition at LIUSA WANG, the duo Quadrature opens the door to a cosmos full of facts and fictions, full of myths and expectations– all of them created while searching for the “truth”. The works hover around the boundaries between beliefs, assumptions, and knowledge in light of science’s findings and society’s interpretation.

The sound installation CREDO (Cosmic Radio Engine for Delusional Observations) revolves around one of the oldest questions of mankind (one that can never be disproved): “Are we alone in the universe?” With the help of artificial intelligence imbued with human theories and ideas of how alien civilizations could present themselves, the artists aspire to finally find the ultimate answer, hidden deeply in the noise of the universe.

Pulsating beams of exotic celestial bodies—once thought to be signs of little green men—compose the score to the multichannel audiovisual work, exploring the rhythms and wavelengths of these so-called Pulsars for aesthetic patterns and harmonies.

STONES serves as a storage device for all currently known exoplanets on which liquid water could exist, and therefore life could develop and prosper. The monolithic granite plates will outlast our current civilization and may therefore serve as a guide for future generations to find a new home on a distant planet, once the situation on Earth leaves them with only one option: to become refugees in space.

A series of black plates with fine, silvery lines attempts to be the missing evidence itself: in 2016 the artist recorded the ephemeral paths of unidentified objects orbiting Earth. Most likely space debris, this highly speculative work transforms the ugly by-products of human space exploration into delicate engravings, forever capturing their unofficial existence.

The Berlin-based duo utilizes technology as a means to interpret alternate realities, with data as their main material. Various art and science collaborations have led artists Götz and Neitsch further and further into outer space, fusing the objective views of science with their very own subjective truth as artists.