D21 Artspace and the Natural History Museum have invi¬≠ted Leipzig artists Erik Weiser and Theresa Zwerschke to enga¬≠ge artis¬≠ti¬≠cal¬≠ly with the museum‚Äôs collec¬≠tion. Erik Weiser has stu¬≠di¬≠ed various fish spe¬≠ci¬≠es and re-crea¬≠ted them using curious mate¬≠ri¬≠als, such as neon-colo¬≠red snea¬≠kers. His works will be shown from 21 July to 3 September 2021 on the second floor of the Natural History Museum.
In times of glo¬≠bal war¬≠ming and bio¬≠di¬≠ver¬≠si¬≠ty loss, artists are cal¬≠led upon to make the¬≠se chal¬≠len¬≠ges visi¬≠ble and per¬≠cep¬≠ti¬≠ble in aes¬≠the¬≠tic ways. Against this back¬≠drop, the idea aro¬≠se to crea¬≠te two rese¬≠arch scho¬≠l¬≠ar¬≠s¬≠hips who¬≠se results are now being pre¬≠sen¬≠ted. From a cura¬≠to¬≠ri¬≠al point of view, rather than a pure¬≠ly inspi¬≠ra¬≠tio¬≠nal use of the sci¬≠en¬≠ti¬≠fic collec¬≠tions, an inter¬≠di¬≠sci¬≠pli¬≠na¬≠ry approach con¬≠nec¬≠ting sci¬≠en¬≠ti¬≠fic and artis¬≠tic ques¬≠ti¬≠ons and phe¬≠no¬≠me¬≠na was essential.
In 2021, D21 Artspace will focus on the rela¬≠ti¬≠ons¬≠hip bet¬≠ween humans and natu¬≠re. The topic of the year Human Nature will pro¬≠vi¬≠de an oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ty to look into this com¬≠plex of the¬≠mes from com¬≠plex per¬≠spec¬≠ti¬≠ves and in a varie¬≠ty of formats.