This documents a past project. 

Inner & Outer Space: our Universe expands

23 March - 14 April 2013, Edsvik Konsthall art gallery

The exhibition "Inner & Outer Space: our Universe expands" was organized by the Oskar Klein Centre at Stockholm University in collaboration with the Edsvik Konsthall art gallery in Sollentuna.
On 23 March 2013, Edsvik Konsthall opened its doors to outer space in an exhibition where science meets art: "Inner and Outer Space - our Universe is expanding." The exhibition is the result of a unique collaboration between the Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics at Stockholm University and Edsvik Konsthall art gallery in Sollentuna. During just under one year, researchers from the Oskar Klein Centre and twenty artists have met to discuss and collaborate on our biggest open questions about the Universe, and the role creativity plays in both worlds. The artists have translated the dialogue into new works of art in painting, photography, sculpture, video art, objects, installation and performance.
"Cosmology is the study of our Universe as a whole. We are curious about the Universe, and how science for a century has revolutionized our understanding of it! Our picture has gone from a single galaxy in an unchanging Universe, to billions of galaxies in an accelerating, expanding Universe. What does that mean for us as humans? How can we understand and interpret the new knowledge that science gives us? " says Martin Sahlén, project leader and former researcher at the Oskar Klein Centre (now at the University of Oxford). The idea for the collaboration between scientists and artists grew out of a conversation between Martin Sahlén and Ricardo Donoso, head of Edsvik Konsthall, about exploring creative interpretations of modern cosmology. Through dialogues and workshops, participants have together explored what our scientific knowledge says about the Universe, and how that can be interpreted from a human perspective. "What I appreciated most in this project have been the visits to artists' studios. It's really striking how many similarities there are between the way they work and my everyday life as a scientist" says Rahman Amanullah, researcher in supernova cosmology at the Oskar Klein Centre. "Although the essence of our work is new creative ideas there is still a truth in Einstein's worn quote about that being 1% inspiration and 99% hard work." 
The idea behind the selection of artists has been to get as broad a spectrum as possible in terms of techniques and methods. The exhibition includes works in painting, photography, video art, sculpture, object, installation and performance. The same idea applies to the choice of countries and cultures. Antonio Briceño in photography from Venezuela, Fernando Garrido in painting from Mexico, Inger Sannes in sculpture from Norway, Julia Boix-Vives in video art from Holland, as well as participants from Spain, Italy, Egypt, Colombia, Macedonia and a large selection of Swedish artists. We also have the pleasure of presenting photos taken during the space journeys of Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang, who is also a member of the Oskar Klein Centre.
Edsvik Konsthall will have special evening openings on Wednesdays during the exhibition to welcome researchers from the Oskar Klein Centre who will give popular lectures about cosmology: e.g. the beginning and development of the Universe, the life of galaxies, dark matter, dark energy and string theory. (Some lectures will be held on weekend afternoons). Guided tours in English, Swedish, Spanish and Italian will also be given.

A One-Year Collaborative Project

Video by Ryan Tebo

A Public Art Exhibition

Video by Ryan Tebo 

Virtual Tour 

Catalogue and Project Report


Sat 23/3 2013 at 13:30
Formal opening ceremony
Lars Bergström, director of the Oskar Klein Centre
Martin Sahlén, project leader
Kristina Malmgren, project manager, Edsvik Konsthall

Wed 27/3 2013 at 18:30 
Martin Sahlén, researcher in cosmology, Beecroft Institute, University of Oxford 
"Our Universe is expanding: the new space mysteries" - In Swedish

Wed 3/4 2013 at 18:30 
Rahman Amanullah, researcher in cosmology, Oskar Klein Centre, Stockholm University 
"Supernovae and our accelerating Universe" - In Swedish

Wed 10/4 2013 at 18:30 
Chad Finley, researcher in astroparticle physics, Oskar Klein Centre, Stockholm University 
"Neutrinos and Dark Matter: Messages from Invisible Worlds" - in English

Sat 13/4 2013 at 14:00 
Christer Fuglesang, astronaut, associate professor of theoretical physics, Oskar Klein Centre, KTH 
"Images from space" - In Swedish

Sun 14/4 2013 at 15:00 
Bo Sundborg, associate professor of theoretical physics, Oskar Klein Centre, Stockholm University 
"String theory and Einstein's theory of relativity" - In Swedish



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Participating Artists

Christer Fuglesang
Lennart Kaltea
Margareta Ternström
Ingvar Staffans
Inger Sannes
Sam Westerholm
Jill Höjeberg
Steffano Beccari
Maria Luisa Hernandez
Antonio Briceño
Bassem Amer
Fernando Garrido
Anna Löwdin
Sergio Perea Jerez
Sonja Lindell
Anne-Lie Larsson Ljung
Bo Ljung
Nelson Salazar Luna
Jan-Erik Brask
Ingela Hageman
Julia Boix-Vives
Anna Kristina Malmgren
Åsa Wrange
Dalibor Trencevski
Gabriele Garavini
Ricardo Donoso
Ivan Chaparro
Ricardo Dueñas