Alienarium 5: the extraterrestrial exhibition by experimental artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

Date: 12 Apr 2022

Silvia Ricciardi

Alienarium 5, the exhibition by leading experimental artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, is on display at Serpentine South from 14 April until 4 September 2022.

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Metapanorama (2022) detail.

Serpentine is delighted to present Alienarium 5, a major exhibition by leading experimental artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. On display at Serpentine South from 14 April until 4 September 2022, this is the artist’s first major institutional solo show in the UK since TH.2058 at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2008.

Following a long line of projects such as Cosmodrome at Le Consortium in 2001 (Dijon, France), Chronotypes & Dioramas at Dia Art Foundation (New York, 2009), Pynchon Park at MAAT (Lisbon, 2017) and Martian Dreams Ensemble at GFZK (Leipzig, 2018), Alienarium 5 is a vision resulting from over twenty years of Gonzalez-Foerster’s explorations into science-fiction and alien life, and her experiments in deep space. Conceived specifically for Serpentine, the exhibition will feature almost entirely new work engaging both the gallery’s internal and external spaces. 

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Metapanorama (2022) detail.

In Alienarium 5, Gonzalez-Foerster imagines possible encounters with extra-terrestrials through speculative, performative and visual fiction. Approaching from the park, visitors will first come across a statue in remembrance of the coming alien developed together with writer and philosopher Paul B. Preciado, as well as elements of a soundscape made with musician Perez, a long-time collaborator and co-conspirator for Exotourisme, an exhibition presented at the Centre Pompidou in 2002 and a musical project begun in 2018 and an exhibition. Inside the gallery, Alienarium 5 will continue as a 360-degree panorama, an olfactive extra-terrestrial collaboration with Barnabé Fillion (Arpa Studios), an otherworldly holorama expanding the artist’s ongoing series of ‘apparitions’, and a new VR piece that, following on from her critically acclaimed Endodrome presented at the 2019 Venice Biennale, marks the artist’s second VR work produced by Vive Arts, and developed by Lucid Realities.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Serpentine

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