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Björn Dahlem uses simple, commonly found materials to refer to complex scientific theories or models used in cosmology, astronomy, and physics. Dahlem is the son of a physicist, and has been interested in the inherent contradictions posed by models and diagrams of abstract concepts and knowledge. He turns these concerns into large-scale, sometimes immersive installations with flea market finds, wooden planks, and commercial light tubes. He chooses these materials because his aim is, as he describes, “to stay as close to the idea [as possible] and the immaterial image of the imagination.” Dahlem’s intricate visualizations of scientific phenomena attempt to draw out the existential questions present within these models and theories: of failed utopias, spirituality, and human existence.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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2019
Björn Dahlem: Club Strangeness (Hubble Ultra Deep Space)Galerie Guido W. Baudach
Björn Dahlem - Club Strangeness (Hubble Ultra Deep Space)Galerie Guido W. Baudach
2015
Björn Dahlem | KosmoramaSies + Höke
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The Still Expanding Universe, 2013

Wood, copper, steel, stopwatch, light bulb
193 × 120 × 50 in
490.2 × 304.8 × 127 cm
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Düsseldorf
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Björn Dahlem uses simple, commonly found materials to refer to complex scientific theories or models used in cosmology, astronomy, and physics. Dahlem is the son of a physicist, and has been interested in the inherent contradictions posed by models and diagrams of abstract concepts and knowledge. He turns these concerns into large-scale, sometimes immersive installations with flea market finds, wooden planks, and commercial light tubes. He chooses these materials because his aim is, as he describes, “to stay as close to the idea [as possible] and the immaterial image of the imagination.” Dahlem’s intricate visualizations of scientific phenomena attempt to draw out the existential questions present within these models and theories: of failed utopias, spirituality, and human existence.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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