Museion in Bolzano, Italy, presents Hope, an international group exhibition exploring spaces of hope between science and fiction, curated by Bart van der Heide and Leonie Radine in collaboration with musician, theorist, and writer DeForrest Brown, Jr. As the final installment of the Techno Humanities trilogy, Hope probes the close alliance between museums and the humanities as sites of active world-
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Ever since opening its doors exactly 15 years ago, the Museion building has been repeatedly described as alien, a UFO that landed in the center of Bolzano. Hope endorses the view of the museum as a spaceship, a time capsule, a portal to another dimension. The exhibition will transform Museion into a production site of wonder, merging science and fiction to evoke hope through individual and collective imaginations of futures and pasts. As Philosopher Ernst Bloch wrote in the introduction of his Principle of Hope (1954): “We need the most powerful telescope, that of polished utopian consciousness,” to penetrate the darkness.
Hope invites visitors to move between real and imagined spaces and times to try on alternative viewpoints. The exhibition architecture suggests an upside-
Artists exhibiting on the third floor interrogate new tools and challenges in the era of artificial intelligence and other forms of digital worldbuilding. Their arcade-
The second floor houses an archive dedicated to the Afrofuturist myth of Drexciya. The archive draws on DeForrest Brown, Jr.’s thorough research on the history of techno for his book Assembling a Black Counter Culture (2022), which is partly translated into space. At Museion, he arranges numerous Detroit techno album covers and paintings by AbuQadim Haqq alongside maps and timelines while a story in sound unfolds with his album Techxodus (2023) as well as his mixes The Myth of Drexciya (2023) and Stereomodernism (2020). Thanks to the longstanding dialogue between Brown and Haqq and the record collection of DJ Veloziped / Walter Garber in Bolzano, Hope marks the first time this previously overlooked artistic form of historiography and world-
Finally, following the guiding logic of the wormhole depicted in Haqq’s key visual artwork for the exhibition, the ground floor creates a passage for lightning-
The exhibition includes pieces by Almare, Sophia Al-
The HOPE program further includes the Italian premiere of a major performance by choreographer and dancer Trajal Harrell and the Schauspielhaus Zürich ensemble in collaboration with Transart, an off-
AbuQadim Haqq, Museion Wormhole, 2023 © and courtesy of the artist.
Exhibition 30 September 2023 -
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