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COSMOS exhibition

COSMOS

Curator: Marie Pok
In collaboration with Thomas Hertog 

2021, October → 2022, January 

Black holes, dark matter, spiral nebulae, exoplanets, gravitational waves, big bang, the multiverse... The countless objects and cosmic phenomena that shape our universe offer as many sources of inspiration for literature, music, visual and live arts… Design is no exception to this same fascination

Since the dawn of humankind, the universe has been the deepest source of wonder. What is our place in this vast expanse of space, some 13.8 billion light-years across? How did the cosmic evolution enfold? Are we alone? Why does the universe exist at all?


This “Cosmos” exhibition reveals the work of designers who have conceptually, poetically or audiovisually explored our universe’s architecture and the hidden physical laws that govern it. From Albert Einstein’s general relativity to quantum theory, from gravity to the nature of space and time, from the micro to macro scales, our modern picture of the cosmos is brought to life through various design or architecture projects that take us well beyond these scientific roots, bearing witness to its mysteries and beauty. 

The CID is launching an open call to designers, architects and teachers. The projects, either completed or in the research phase, should explore one or several topics connected to or inspired by the study and exploration of the universe and its physical laws. They may focus either on the modelling of certain facets of the universe, the observation or the instruments imaging cosmic phenomena, or on the realms of imagination and creativity behind these scientific realities 

Applications should be sent by email to:  marie.pok@grand-hornu.be
by 31 December 2020 at the latest.

They will include:

  • a biography of the artist
  • the name of the project
  • the materials used
  • the dimensions
  • a presentation text of 1500 characters max.
  • between 2 and 5 photos