Christian Waldvogel. Unknown
The Orders of Randomness
The genesis of planets and life on earth from an unexpected point of view.
1st edition, 2014
168 pages, 59 color and 84 b/w illustrations
12.5 x 19 cm
For an exhibition at Helmhaus Zürich, Swiss artist Christian Waldvogel has created a three-part installation using candles, cyanobacteria and nutrient fluid. In one part, melting candles by random movement form globular “planets” over the duration of the show. Part two is a 1,615 sqft pool of nutrient fluid as habitat for cyanobacteria, representing the earliest forms of life and pioneers on planet earth for other organisms. In the third part, Waldvogel places his planets within a self-conceived solar system.
This story of genesis and the beginning of life on earth, following an equally random order, has been transformed into the book Christian Waldvogel. Unknown: The Orders of Randomness and amended with images and texts. Christian Waldvogel discusses the chapters of this universal narrative with experts in cosmology and astrophysics, cell-biology and gravitational research, aquatic microbial ecology, and exobiology and planetary research. These conversations show from an unusual perspective how the planet we are inhabiting may have come to existence. In his essay, Daniel Morgenthaler investigates what art can tell science and how both disciplines contribute to create our view of the world and universe.