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More Than Humans

‘More Than Humans’ exhibition has fall run at Madrid art museum

More Than Humans
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, ‘Opera (QM.15)’ (2016), video installation. Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection. Photo by Andrea Rossetti

MADRID – The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) present an exhibition with works by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Tomás Saraceno which invite visitors to explore questions surrounding technologies, artificial intelligence, the collective minds of animals, and the power and attraction of the unknown.In Opera (QM.15) (2016), Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster features the artist herself appearing in the guise of the legendary opera singer Maria Callas and perfoms by lip-syncing to some of her most famous arias. The work forms part of a series of works that refer to actresses such as Marilyn Monroe and Sarah Bernhardt, which the artist terms “apparitions.” The work draws on the history of photography, early cinema and the supernatural, as if it were, in the words of Gonzalez-Foerster, “a kind of spiritual session.”

More Than Humans

Tomás Saraceno, ‘How to entangle the universe in a spider web?’ 90 x 90 x 90cm, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection. Image courtesy of the artist. Photo by Tanya Badakdar Gallery

Tomás Saraceno presents the installation How to entangle the universe in a spider web? (2018), among a selection of other recent works. The piece forms part of his celebrated studies of spiderwebs, whose complex structures resemble tiny universes, surpassing many of the architectural and other constructions made by humans, resonating across scales with the cosmic web.

Saraceno often amplifies the vibrations of spider/webs as if they were musical instruments, making them audible for human participants. These entangled floating landscapes create a sensorial and living connection across ecosystems, resonating among participants to create a fuller awareness of the unheard and unnoticed voices that surrounds us.

The exhibition will open Sept. 25 and run through Dec. 1.