Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s at Serpentine

Serpentine South stages Alienarium 5, a major exhibition by leading artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster until 4 September 2022. This is the French artist’s first major institutional solo show in the UK since TH.2058 at the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2008.

In Alienarium 5, Gonzalez-Foerster imagines possible encounters with extra-terrestrials through speculative, performative and visual fiction. Conceived of specifically for Serpentine, the exhibition features almost entirely new work situated both inside and outside the gallery. The artist questions “What if aliens were to fall in love with us? What would it change, why and how?”.

Approaching from the park, visitors first come across a statue in remembrance of the coming alien developed together with writer and philosopher Paul B. Preciado, as well as elements of a soundscape made with musician Perez, a long-time collaborator and co-conspirator for Exotourisme, an exhibition presented at the Centre Pompidou in 2002 and a musical project begun in 2018 and an exhibition.

Inside the gallery, Alienarium 5 continues as a 360-degree panorama, an olfactive extra-terrestrial collaboration with Barnabé Fillion (Arpa Studios), an otherworldly holorama expanding the artist’s ongoing series of ‘apparitions’, and a new VR piece that, following on from her critically acclaimed Endodrome presented at the 2019 Venice Biennale, marks the artist’s second VR work produced by VIVE Arts, and developed by Lucid Realities.

Image: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Martial Galfione and Mike Gaughan, Metapanorama, 2022. Installation view, Alienarium 5 (Serpentine South, 14 April – 4 September 2022). Photo: Hugo Glendinning. © The artist and Serpentine, 2022.