Der Traum vom Fliegen The Art of Flying
Exhibition, Flight Laboratory, Tours, Flights, Lectures
Haus der Kulturen der Welt March 4 -
May 8, 2011
Opening Ceremony Thursday March 3, 2011 at 7 p.m. admission free
With contributions by Christina Maria Pfeifer and Res Ingold and carillon music followed by
The Berlin carillonneur Jeffrey Bossin performs the Berlin
Fireworks Music by Richard Felciano
Listen to an excerpt of the
Berlin Fireworks Music!
Dreams of flight and the development
of the technology to achieve it: this is an exhibition about art, power
and neurobiology, modern aviation technology and pre-modern
experiences. The show takes visitors to fascinating worlds of pictures,
physical experiences and the technologies, props and vehicles of human
flight: from one of Europes oldest and most valuable surviving shamans
cloaks to a "flying carriage" from Baroque theater, from the
Montgolfière to the space trainer for astronauts. It features
prehistoric boomerangs alongside a contemporary jet engine and ejector
seats, ancient Chinese rockets and a model of a Siberian "take-off"
ramp for shamans alongside futuristic speed fantasies and flight
simulations, experiences of trance and religious flight mysticism
alongside the ideas of the early flight pioneers and aviation fanatics.
Visitors can feel the fascination of flight by trying out the space
trainer or experiment with optical illusions. The exhibition also
throws up questions: what if climate change and a scarcity of resources
were to oblige humankind to abstain from space exploration and mass
passenger air travel? How, then, could we make our ancient dream of
flight come true?
Participating artists: David Altmejd, John L. Carroll, Lisa D/Franz
Schmuck/Wilfried Prantner/Sukandar Kartadinata, Julius Deutschbauer,
Tomas Fitzel, Roland Fuhrmann, Carsten Höller, Andy Hope 1930, Res
Ingold, Werner Neuhaus, Christoph Niemann, Michael Oppitz, Chi Peng,
Christina Maria Pfeifer, Antonio Riello, Anina Schenker, Eva Teppe,
Florian Thalhofer, and Young Timothy Dempsey Tjungurrayi.
Curators: Thomas Hauschild and Britta N. Heinrich
Co-curators: Jörg Potthast and Viktoria Tkacszyk
The exhibition architecture was designed by the sculptor Hansjörg
Supported by: Kulturstiftung des Bundes
Photo: Gustav Mesmer © Stefan Hartmaier/Gustav Mesmer Stiftung
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