THE EXHIBITION-Combination of short film and paintings( from Aleksandra Mir’sThe Dream and the Promise collection).-Religious iconography meets space travel-Where and how do religion and science converge?-A “conversation” with Galileo Galilei to elucidate this ^
THE VIDEO BEFORE AFTERAleksandra Mir (b. 1967), still from The Seduction of Galileo Galilei, 2011. Video,color, sound; 16:33 min. Commissioned by Mercer Union, Toronto. Collection of theartist, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, and Galeria Joan
LESSONS IN GRAVITY-A demonstration of gravity becomes much more thana fun experiment- Is this art?-Art is fleeting vs. Art captures the moment-The work that all of these people put into act, only to repeat the act once more.
THE MAN OF SCIENCE -Galileo -Social responsibility of the scientist -Determinism -Answers to the questions that spirituality can not answerPortrait of Galileo Galilei by Justus Sustermans painted in 1636. National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
SO WHAT?-Religion is a system of control; what about science?-Is science a religion? Is religion a science?-”When we have found all the meanings and lost allthe mysteries, we will be alone on an empty shore.” 1-Can science and technology appease theimagination that strives for so much?1 Arcadia by Tom Stoppard ; Scene six, page 109
CONCLUSION-The man of science vs. the man of faith => forever locked in struggle-Science and religion both strive to understand the world-Mir uses her own form of art to express these ideas in an almost minimalistic way. She uses a form of satire to diffuse the gravity of the debate.-Do you believe that this is worthwhile art? Yes.