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Dort, wo das Nichts ist

Yen Chun Lin & Tanja Nis-Hansen

7 Dec–4 Feb 24

Opening: 6 Dez 23, 6 pm

Black holes are nothing.
Black holes are special because there’s nothing there. 
There is no thing there.
– Janna Levin*

A radiant yellow-orange ring encircles profound darkness, the shadow of a black hole. This globally acclaimed image was released in April 2019, realised through the synchronised data processing of eight
telescopes positioned around the Earth. A complex technical endeavour that made a thing that is nothing and a place where there is no thing perceivable.

Half a century earlier, another space photograph known as “Earthrise”, captured during the Apollo 8 mission in 1968, gained social significance. This depiction of the rising Earth, intricately marbled with pale veils and enveloped by darkness, mirrored the fragile planet as a global village and thus motivated environmental awareness and activism.

What could be contemporary projections resulting from the documentation of a black hole? Which worlds emerge through this (technical) translation of nothingness into image and sound

Dort, wo das Nichts ist is the third part of the exhibition series
– conceptions of (extra)terrestrial worlds between reality and fiction.

*Levin, J. (2020/22). Black Hole Survival Guide (p. 3). Random House UK.


Photo: Juan Saez
Photo: Juan Saez
Photo: Juan Saez
Photo: Juan Saez

Accompanying programme


Curator: Johanna Janßen
Head of production: Carolina Redondo
Installation Team: Carlos Busquets, Danilo Cozzi, Elon, Erik Ritzel
Gallery supervision: J. Ferdinand Gieschke and Daniela Schoepe
Technical Advice: Saša Strauß

The curator would like to thank the Team of Galerie im Turm and of Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, who are: Dani Hasrouni, Helen-Sophie Mayr,  Pauline Cabon, Josef Stöhr, Sofía Pfister, Stéphane Bauer and the team of supervisors.

Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Community: Multi-Sector Funding, Exhibition Fund Municipal Galleries and Fund Exhibition Fees for Visual Artists.

Galerie im Turm is a facility of the municipality department office Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.