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When design meets science fiction
Alexandra Midal + Björn Dahlström, December 24, 2007
Yinka Shonibare_Space Walk, 2002_Stephen Friedman Gallery, James Cohan Gellery
Yinka Shonibare_Space Walk, 2002_Stephen Friedman Gallery, James Cohan Gellery
 
The Space Walk by Yinka Shonibare shows two astronauts in zero gravity attached to the same space capsule. They wear suits of wax, a material specially made in Holland to create the traditional dress of African women. The motifs represent black soul music album covers. In addition to questioning the validity of newly belonging to a European and non-African culture, Shonibare shows how the extraterrestrial is associated with fear of foreigners. By using the creation of motifs as a metaphor for the phenomenon of cultural confusion, the artist turns the notions of identity and otherness into an issue of construction and asks the question: “Who is foreign when we leave the Earth?”

Yinka Shonibare_Space Walk 2, 2002
Yinka Shonibare_Space Walk 2, 2002
 
The Medialab by Konstantin Grcic was commissioned and produced by Mudam and is reminiscent of the film Minority Report by Steven Spielberg with its multiplicity of screens and the immateriality of information and images. Like a multimedia curiosity cabinet, where information is presented simultaneously, the media lab makes parallel worlds coexist and also replays the science fiction dream of individual reception proposed by Gernsback, with his Superperception, where each member of the family watches his favourite programme at the same time.

Mathieu Lehanneur_Élements, 2006_Véronique Huyghe
Mathieu Lehanneur_Élements, 2006_Véronique Huyghe
 
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