Passages of Perception into Structures

In the “Passages of Perception into Structures” 3D online exhibition by LeoKuelbs Projects my interactive paper work “was bleibt vom Jetzt” is shown. Thanks to the curator Jana Noritsch for this!

New object: Balance

Olaf Schirm – Balance

A sculpture, which symbolizes the “Carbon Balance” and by this the Carbon Dioxyde Balance on our planet. The object uses a structure of carbon tubes (nature) and bubble levels (man made measuring devices). More details on the project page here.

New object: 1 meter 50

An object I created during the Corona pandemic and addresses the officially demanded contact safety distance of 1.50 meters in Germany. Click here to go to the project page.

Art against Corona

In the “Art against Corona” online exhibition on the platform “e-mERGING artiSTS” some of my works are shown, including my Corona work “Lockdown-Bot”. Thanks to the curator Lily Fürstenow for this!

Here is some information from the website: “This exhibition is an ongoing project that aims to exhibit online the work of contemporary artists across the globe to analyse the topic of Corona and the crisis caused by the disease on the global scale. Since Gallery visits are a problem “Behind the Facades” occasionally offers the virtual view into the public and private art spaces where access is otherwise impossible. Allowing to analyse art in certain contexts and given settings. All artists are welcome to participate, irrespective of age and country of origin. All kinds of formats are welcome. With this project ARE/artistic research and curator Lily Fürstenow would like to support and explore the creative potential of arts in the times of crisis. Please write us on FB or by e-mail: lilykalanda@yahoo.co.uk

New Light Object: SPY

Detail view “SPY”

A luminokinetic object on a 1,95m large grey mirror. Click here to go to the project page.

New object: WE Player

A player for stored music, as well as Internet radio streams. This music device is controlled by coded golf balls. A detailed description can be found here on the project page . Why there? Because this object is one of my many personal projects and not considered as Art by me.

Exhibition “MATERIA”

At Bermel von Luxburg Galerie, Fasanenstraße 29, 10719 Berlin, three of my works will be on display in the group exhibition “MATERIA”:

Enjoy the virtual walk through the gallery:

Courtesy ART@Berlin | www.artatberlin.com

SWARM, Sound kinetics object

fadeR, Spray kinetics object

DeepThought, Light kinetics object

The exhibition opens on Thursday, 05.03.2020 at 6 p.m. and runs until 03.05.2020

Exhibition "CHAOS METHOD"

From 01.02. until 23.02.2020 the exhibition and conference “CHAOS Method” in St. Petersburg, Russia will run at the Central Museum of Communication. I exhibit my kinetic light object “Quantom” there and talk about quantum art, spirituality and mysticism on the podium at 5 p.m. on 08.02.2020.


I was invited to curate an exhibition in the project room “DISKURS” and am looking forward to the opening of the now built exhibition: SUPERPOSITION on 22.01.2020 at 7 pm.

SUPERPOSITION shows radical positions about the perception from the field of Science Art / Art and Science of me and the artists:

Lucas Buschfeld

Edith Kollath

Sebastian Wolf 

SUPERPOSITION runs until 29.02.2020. The opening hours can be found on the website of Diskurs.

Here is my text about the exhibition:

The philosopher William von Occam recommended in the Middle Ages to free philosophy from all superfluous things with a razor knife, in essence to pursue the simplest explanation in the sense of coherence. This is a method which is nowadays commonly used when we perceive the “real world” because it makes life much easier and frees us from the need to weigh up the countless possibilities that present themselves at each and every moment. But consequently, this ease carries with it a big disadvantage:

According to today’s knowledge in theoretical and experimental physics, the material from which everything originated and originates carries the fundamental property of possibility in itself. The fundament of all is probability and not absolute clarity. We know this from quantum physics research of the past 100 years, due to the groundbreaking thoughts and theories of Max Planck, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, and many others. According to them, by renouncing possibilities, one actually destroys the possibilities if one does not consider them.

Take the thought experiment of Nobel Prize winner Erwin Schrödinger in 1935. In the hypothesis a cat is enclosed in a box containing a deadly mechanism, there is a 50% probability the mechanism will be trigged sometime or never and leads to the realization that one does not know whether the cat is alive or not, as long as one does not look inside the box. The cat, in this thought experiment, is in a state of superposition, of being and non-being. In the 1805 famous double-slit experiment this even became and becomes visible, because here light occurs simultaneously as both a particle and a wave and completely contradicts our perception that something can only be one single thing in one solid-state at the same time.

Indeed, the observation, the measurement, the “looking” or “perception” destroys the superposition and forms a concrete manifestation. Like a breaking wave, the probability wave collapses and forms the unambiguous reality. The cat is alive! …and there is no separation between the observer and the observed… The destructive power of observation therefore also leads to genesis, to emergence, to the crystallization of safety in the quantum foam of possibilities. 

Another Nobel Prize winner, nobody less than Albert Einstein himself, could not believe this, as it shook his ingenious space-time construct of the theory of relativity. He asked, “is the moon there when I’m not looking at it?” and later he continued on the subject of “God doesn’t roll a dice!”. We now know, yes, the moon is actually there, because it is constantly “measured” by subatomic and wave interactions and as Niels Bohr replied: “whether God rolls the dice or not, only God decides because he makes the rules”.

With the works of the participating artists, the exhibition “SUPERPOSITION” aims to focus on the aspect of reality formation through observation. The critical perception of the exhibited works leads to the formation of experiences, this is exactly what the works invite us to. In addition to their typical artistic, sculptural, technical structure, the installations have a narrative level that unfolds inside the viewer. This is a core component of the art movement “Science Art”, which can be experienced here, if one is willing to perceive it and, as a consequence, is given the opportunity to discover new realities.

Enjoy the journey of your discoveries!

Olaf Schirm

For the first time I show the kinetic sound installation:




Here is a report about the show, published 27. Jan 2020 in Feuilletonscout

Interview in “Plasma Magazine”

Just published, the interview for my light quantum installation “Quantom” at State Studio Berlin read here

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