Berliner Festspiele’s planetarium-inspired exhibition ‘The New Infinity’ in Mariannenplatz is host to a rotating cast of artists and performers throughout this month. To kick things off, game designer and artist David OReilly offered his immersive Eye of the Dream projection: a fusion of imagination, technology and science. In under two hours, viewers experienced different moments in the history of the universe, told through OReilly’s visual narrative and aesthetic experimentation.
Spiralling constantly towards visitors, who reclined in a covered dome with planetarium-like seating, was a quasi-kaleidoscope vision of small, recognizable animated objects that began close together and swirled out. The little icons represent points in time from the Big Bang until the present, including everything from rabbits and stones, to carriages, strawberries, street signs and umbrellas. OReilly’s conceptualization of time and modernization corresponds to the Berliner Festspiele’s use of the planetarium aesthetic, which symbolizes the revolutionary technology used to understand the natural world. ‘The New Infinity’ project maintains that “in combination with digital technology and mobile architecture, the planetarium can enable new experiences, create new communities and facilitate events, also for an audience that the arts often find hard to reach.”
The next performance begins today, with a work by Fatima Al Qadiri & Transforma. The program closes on October 14th with a concert by William Basinski and Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand.
‘The New Infinity’
Exhibition: Sept. 27 – Oct. 04, 2018
Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday 11am – 3pm & 4-9pm / Sunday 11am – 4pm
Mobile Dome, Mariannenplatz, 10997 Berlin, click here for map
Fatima Al Qadiri & Transforma: Extraordinary Alien
Screenings: Oct. 10 – 14, 2018
Artist Talk: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018; 8:30pm at Kunstquartier Bethanien
William Basinski / Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand: 10000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid
Concert: Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018; 7pm & 8:30pm