A BAR AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE by Judith Neunhäuserer & Federico Delfrati

 

11.9.—14.11.2021

format

exhibition, screening

dates

10.09.21, 3 - 9 pm, soft opening

lokal [vorne]

Now open

Friday, 14:00–19:00 h

index

video

The bar at the end of the universe presents nine videos showing a pre-apocalyptic prep class. Each session consists of a lecture, an interview, or a roundtable with invited guests, and each has its specific setting: artifacts that suggest a post-apocalyptic amusement park, plastic waste melted down into a Sputnik, and a cybertruck that has crashed down from outer space. An Egyptian tanning studio meets the beanbag in tardigrade shape with reflective surfaces, imitation ice drill cores have been placed next to a thermic equilibrium machine, and the walls are decorated with posters showing occult molecular structures and Ötzi and other hominids. Simulated archaeological finds in bronze betoken the end of our present, while sound-absorption panels in the shapes of the continental constellations at the times of the five most comprehensive mass die-offs embed the current situation in the larger framework of the earth’s history as a whole.

That is the scenery in which the pre-apocalyptic prep class is held, for Terra’s end does not equal the end of the universe. The nine videos gather different intellectual styles and symbolic systems and lead the audience into a time beyond the end.

The project’s title displaces its perspective to an observation point sufficiently remote for an interdisciplinary collage to coalesce. The personalities, experiences, and expertise of objects and guests interact, bringing their different imaginative potentials and forms of knowledge to bear. From academic angles to aesthetic experiences, from pure theory to rigorous physics, all standpoints showcase their models of the world and for the world. Each guest, after all, is sitting at a bar and telling his version of the end of the universe.

Guests: Conrad Ahrens, Beate Bidjanbeg, Walter „Luigi“ Burgmeier, Tommaso Castelletti, Susanna Delfrati, Charlotte Diedrich, Maditha Dolle, Klara Finck, Dr. Christine Gruber, Iago, Liane und Luzia Klingler, Magdalena Klotz, Almuth Kohnle, Dr. Cornelia Mittendorfer, Christian Modrow, Prof. Lindsey Nicholson, Andrea Pontiggia, Ronja Sophie Putz, Dr. Thomas Rainer, Hannelore Rohrbach, Dr. Alexander Schütze, Anna Schwietering, Dr. Baldassare Scolari, Victoria Wald, Paul Wellenhof, Oliver Zillig

We would like to thank all guests, Arsen Babajanyan,the camera team Miko Rein, Prajwal Neupane and Fahd Bouhouch, Sophia Mainka, Lilian Robl,Fabian Feichter, Karin Fischnaller, Danilo Bastione, Theo Thönnessen.

A bar at the end of the universe is funded by the Culture Department of the City of Munich, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media in the NEUSTART KULTUR program and the BBK.