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Serpentine Gallery Presents: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Alienarium 5

What if aliens were to fall in love with us? What would it change, why and how?

Serpentine is delighted to present Alienarium 5, a major exhibition by leading experimental artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. On display at Serpentine South from 14 April until 4 September 2022, this is the artist’s first major institutional solo show in the UK since TH.2058 at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2008.

Detail of Metapanorama, (c) 2022 Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

Alienarium 5 is a vision resulting from over twenty years of Gonzalez-Foerster’s explorations into science-fiction and alien life, and her experiments in deep space. Conceived specifically for Serpentine, the exhibition will feature almost entirely new work engaging both the gallery’s internal and external spaces. Alienarium 5 is a speculative environment in which to imagine possible encounters with extra-terrestrials.

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster © Giasco Bertoli

Approaching from the park, visitors will come across a statue in remembrance of the coming alien developed by the artist together with writer and philosopher, Paul B. Preciado. Visible from outside the gallery will be Holorama, a new work created together this time with Perez, a musician and Gonzalez-Foerster’s co-conspirator for Exotourisme, a musical project begun in 2018 which built upon an earlier exhibition of the same title presented at the Centre Pompidou in 2002.

Exhibition view: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Martian Dreams Ensemble, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, 2018. Photo © Nicholas Knight

The space inside the gallery will be transformed into an immersive sensory environment, incorporating visual, sonic, olfactory, tactile and live engagements that expand the audience’s ability to imagine alternative forms of life and alien encounters.

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