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Making Works and Making Worlds - Giovanni Bonelli Gallery Merges Art and Science Fiction

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April 1, 2016
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Have you ever wondered what art and science fiction have in common? According to Making Worlds: Art and Science Fiction anthology and the upcoming exhibition at Giovanni Bonelli Gallery in Milan, it’s the ability to create new worlds. Every book that’s ever been written and every artwork ever made, can represent a unique vision of a new universe shaped by the desire and skill of its creator. An assortment of these imaginary worlds will be presented at In Space No One Can Hear You Laugh group show at Giovanni Bonelli Gallery. By presenting the alternative worlds, the exhibition also provides the viewers with a new outlook on our own existing universe, with all of its blessings and shortcomings.

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Kasia Fudakowski – In the Event of Sculpture, 2009

Making Worlds in Art and Science Fiction

Recently, we’ve written about the intricate relationship between art and science and now it’s time to explore the link between art and science fiction that’s depicted In Space No One Can Hear You Laugh exhibition. Clarissa Tempestini organizer and curator of this intricate group show was inspired by Making Worlds: Art and Science Fiction publication that gathers an array of essays written by artists, curators, art historians and writers who also happen to be fans of science fiction. The publication sheds the light on the intricate relationship between two fields that both create alternative universes but also alternative histories of the world. But unlike the book that focuses on how science fiction is referred to by artists, In Space No One Can Hear You Laugh exhibition focuses on the art’s ability to embody the imaginary and turn fantasies into a reality. The process is seen as political by many, considering that art provides us with a possibility of reimagining and reshaping our world thus making it a better place.

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Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charriere – Some Dogs are pink…, 2012

A Place Where Everything is Possible

In Space No One Can Hear You Laugh group show gathers works by twelve artists that aim to answer the question “why some artists make worlds while others make works?”. Each artist has utilized the diverse area of science fiction to create a series of new worlds that now inhabit the one we live in. From sculpture-inspired animation by Kasia Fudakowski to complex art installation by Alvaro Urbano, the exhibition artworks fascinate with their versatility. In these worlds, anything can happen, even things as unusual as time travel, telepathy, alien invasion or even the apocalypse.

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Alvaro Urbano – Untitled, 2016,

Fantasy Worlds at Giovanni Bonelli Gallery

In Space no One Can Hear You Laugh exhibition will present a vast assortment of new worlds located in the space of Giovanni Bonelli Gallery. Some of them are utopic and hypnagogic, others bizarre and alien-like, while some appear even natural and quite achievable. The exhibition will be curated by Clarissa Tempestini and it will assemble a variety of works including prints, sculptures, paintings, installations and many other interesting art pieces. The fictional worlds by 12 international artists will be on view from April 5th until May 14, 2016, at Giovanni Bonelli Gallery in Milan, Italy.

Editor’s tip: Making Worlds: Art and Science Fiction

If you like the concept of In Space No One Can Hear You Laugh exhibition, you should definitely read Making Worlds: Art and Science Fiction a publication that inspired this intricate group show. This publication represents a collection of texts written by several art professionals that are concerned with the ways in which science fiction might be performed, materialised or enacted within a contemporary context. By elaborating on the numerous ways that both art and science fiction create alternative universes the book explores the link between these two art fields.

All images courtesy of Giovanni Bonelli Gallery