Embark on a journey of discovery and find your way through a labyrinth in the hull of a ship. A collection of interactive installations connects art with (complex) science. Theories and model systems from the natural sciences, philosophy, linguistics and more are the base of intriguing images, sounds and texts that you yourself produce. Or is it the other way around?
Caution: In the labyrinth you will have to climb, crawl and duck. Wear comfortable clothes. High heels are not recommended. The access to the labyrinth is at your own risk. Children have to be supervised at all times.
Curiosity is the common drive of scientists and artists. And the best way to satisfy this curiosity is to do an experiment. In the interactive installations in the labyrinth, experimental science, theater and visual art come together. Old equipment is re-purposed to instruments that allow you to unravel theories from science. The visitor makes her own journey through the labyrinth. Science becomes art and vice versa.
Science and technology that used to make the world more understandable have gradually become less accessible. Our senses are not adequate to study many of the phenomena and theories have become increasingly abstract. At the same time the understanding of complex systems has become ever more important in order to be able to value processes that have an impact on our society here and now (e.g. climate change). The installations in the labyrinth feature these kinds of complex systems. Its goal is to give the visitor an intuitive feeling of how these systems behave. Using this intuition, choices can be made that have an impact on a sustainable future.
The labyrinth is a continuation of the Knopjesmuseum, a project on which de Spullenmannen have worked since 2006. Initially as a loose collection of installations, later as a travelling exhibition and eventually as an attraction in Amersfoort, until a fire broke out in 2016. An important part of the collection could be saved and is now, using money from a charity festival, housed in the hull of Serendiep.