What's beyond Earth? What is beyond the Milk Way? These are questions that humanity has always been curious about. Named after a fictional series written by Italian novelist Italo Calvino (1923 –1985), "Cosmicomics" features artworks about cosmos and civilization from the Art Bank Taiwan collection and is scheduled to take place from Feb. 20 through March 31 at the Taoyuan Arts Center.
Leading with "Without artists, the sublime idea men have of the world would collapse with dizzying speed," a quote from French poet-writer Guillaume Apollinaire (1880 – 1918), this exhibition is divided into four parts — Distance and Space, Evolution and Destruction, Force and Circulation, and Space Theater — in attempt to correspond contemporary art to literature, and demonstrate how both artists and writers look to space in awe.
"Cosmicomics" is a collection of 12 short stories. The protagonist Qfwfq, who has a hard-to-pronounce name, narrates "The Distance of the Moon," "A Sign in Space," "The Dinosaurs," "Without Colors," and many more incredible tales. Each story takes place independently but do correlate, expanding upon scientific fact to describe the development of the universe with a surreal mix of reality and fantasy.
Calvino felt that there are things that only literature can ever provide, by means specific to it. "Cosmicomics" invite Taiwanese exhibitiongoers on a fantasy journey that can be initiated by merely peering into a book. Modeled after the experience of reading, this exhibition is not only a foray into science fiction but also an innovative word game driven by untamed human imagination, where individuals express thoughts about the world, time and space, and unspeakable emotions of the heart.