21.01 supernatural

oulu museum of art, finnland

in the same world

super­na­tural is an inter­na­tional exhibition of contem­porary art. its core is formed by hyper-realistic sculp­tures. the extreme realism that started in american art of the 1960s, then spread through the world and evolved into different styles, is charac­te­rised by a combi­nation of authen­ticity and strange and breath­taking attention to detail. super­na­tural explores the dimen­sions and poten­tials of embodiment. in addition to sculp­tures, it features a number of video works and a series of photographs.
a balanced relati­onship between humanity and nature is a precon­dition for all human existence. the impacts of techno­lo­gical develo­pment that followed the indus­trial revolution have been numerous – and often unpre­dic­table. according to many of today’s resear­chers, humanity itself has become an evolu­tionary force that shapes life on earth. the future is full of possi­bi­lities and threats, but the trends are rarely just black and white.
super­na­tural focuses our thoughts on our existence in the world, on humanity and on its future together with all living and non-human creatures. the artworks by more than thirty artists pose questions and explore the following notions with their artistic freedom: who or what will we become? what will our bodies look like in the future? how will the nature react? what effect will techno­lo­gical develo­pment have on our mental states?
contem­porary artists constantly turn to the world of science and research for inspi­ration. some of the artists featured in exhibition also colla­borate with resear­chers by working in multi­di­sci­plinary teams or forming artist-researcher duos. many have found useful perspec­tives in natural science and technology, while others reflect on the thoughts of their fellow human beings on a more general philo­so­phical level. genetic engineering and artificial intel­li­gence already make it possible to modify nature, animals, plants, even humans. techno­lo­gical innova­tions, such as 3d printing, robotics and synthetic biology, have influ­enced the ways the artists work: their materia­lities, expression, themes and subjects.
the exhibition features artworks by the following artists:
banz & bowinkel (friedemann banz & giulia bowinkel), hicham berrada, lee bul, anne carnein, anna dumitriu & alex may, anna estar­riola, isa genzken, glaser/kunz (daniel glaser & magdalena kunz), thomas grünfeld, sam jinks, krištof kintera, josh kline, peter land, lucia leuci, goshka macuga, reiner maria matysik, maurice mbikayi, fabien mérelle, patricia piccinini, santissimi (sara renzetti & antonello serra), super vivaz (lina baltruweit & johannes breun­inger), maija tammi, anna uddenberg, andro wekua, pinar yoldas.
exhibition concept: nicole fritz, kunst­halle tübingen
curated by: elina vieru (oulu museum of art)