Weird Science

3 Oct 2009 – 18 Oct 2009

Event times

Opening Saturday 3 October, 7-10pm, then by appointment

waterside contemporary

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Buses 141, 21, 271, 76 and N76 stop in New North Rd (Mintern Str) and 394 directly by the gallery.
  • Tube Old Street or Hoxton
  • Old Street / Hoxton

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New works by Thora Dolven Balke, Jan Freuchen, Sverre Gullessen, Kristine Jakobsen, Linn Pedersen, Eirin Støen and Sveinung Unneland


Weird Science is an exhibition about cultivation or Bildung, and a measurement of the distance between the rational education and its possible (irrational) uses. In the 80's high-school movie, which the exhibition is titled after, two teenagers use their computer skills to create the woman of their dreams. This narrative has its roots back to the Greek legend of Pygmalion, best known through Ovid's Metamorphoses, in which a sculptor falls in love with the sculpture he has created. Pygmalion is a study of creation taking on a life of its own. These unexpected outcomes form the central idea and inspiration for the exhibition. In Wild Child (Old School Remix), a 16mm film by Pedersen, Dolven Balke and Freuchen, a teacher gradually rediscovers his primitive drives and rituals parallel to his student's increasing cultivation. The social process is described as a game, constantly inscribed with new rules of engagement as it unfolds.

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