Temporary Truth, 2010
For the exhibition at Milliken Gallery in Stockholm, Bigert & Bergström created an elaborate three-part divided room installation dealing with the elusiveness of scientific truth. The exhibition uses the weather as vantage point for a discussion regarding the forecasting of our climatic future, and how these future scenarios tend to change over time. The main work of the exhibition is titled “Tomorrows Weather, Stockholm” - a cluster of atmospheric molecules radiating different lights and colors depending on tomorrows weather forecast. The work is connected to the Swedish Weather Forecast Bureau (SMHI) and is updated hourly. A changing light scenario depicts the unique forecasted weather of the hour – i.e. overcast, sunny, snow… A single, centrally suspended globe indicates the temperature by moving up and down and changing from blue to red. Postponed one day into the future and constantly transforming, “Tomorrows Weather, Stockholm” reaches beyond the contemporary and manifests itself as a futurespective work of art.
In the central room a series of “Glass-sketches” depict future weather scenarios and historic weather moments that have had an impact on history. On the floor, the sculpture “Prognosis” forms a time line into the obscure future where the weather and the climate have changed so much that it cannot be imagined. A snowman-like figure has melted into a lump of flesh that indicates that the mutating climate also has affected culture and humanity beyond recognition.
The final work of the exhibition consists of two “Inverted Space Molecules” - one that documents a classic “Botanical Garden”, and another more extreme “Tropical Island”, an artificial resort pleasure dome just outside Berlin. The spherical photographs depict different rooms connected in a molecular structure, enabling the viewer to encompass the places depicted in their entirety. In both works the clash between the artificial constructed nature and real nature is central.