Goodbye Cruel World, It’s Over

November 28th 2019 – February 2nd 2020
Weltkunstzimmer, Düsseldorf, DE

With Anna Bandke/Anne Arndt, Sophia Bauer, Manuel Boden, Pascal Marcel Dreier, Giorgi Gedevanizde, Biniam Graffé, Nieves De La Fuente, Verena Friedrich, Thomas Hawranke, Hörner/Antlfinger, Jiha Jeon, Christelle Jornod, Paul Kolling/Paul Seidler/Max Hampshire , EvaMarie Lindahl, Antje Majewski, Susan Helen Miller, Katharina Mönkemöller, Norie Neumark/Maria Miranda, Hanna Noh, Stephanie Rothenberg, Sissy Schneider, Saša Spačal/Anil Podgornik/Mirjan Švagelj, Qimeng Sun, Myrto Vratsanou, Hermann Weber, Daniel Wolter, Jeesoo Hong, Hye-young Sin, Danila Lipatov a.o.
Animals, humans, machines, plants, fungi and bacteria share a common world. The exhibition "Goodbye Cruel World, It's Over" discusses in installations, sculpture, film, photography, virtual reality and painting both the interconnections and conflicts that these relationships bring with them. The artistic works interweave narratives of human and non-human actors whose perspectives are explicitly included. In order to be as close as possible to them, the privileged position of the human subject is deliberately undermined. In times of ecological crises, the artistic positions question anthropocentric perspectives and thus extend the view for completely different interpretations of the environment.

The exhibition will be accompanied by presentations, performances, workshops and screenings, where the idea of a habitable world for all is understood as a resistant practice. How does such a world look like and what are the conditions for an exchange between the species?

A cooperation between Janine Blöß (curator), Mathias Antlfinger, Thomas Hawranke, Ute Hörner (Atelier Transmedialer Raum, KHM), Verena Friedrich (exMedia Lab, KHM) and students of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM).


November 27th
Opening with Performance by Eva Marie Lindahl

December 13th
Screening: Donna Haraway – Story Telling for Earthly Survival & Sin Kabeza Productions –Kiltr@

January 18th
Octopus Day
  • Qualleninstitut, Lecture Performance
  • Okto LAB – Laboratory for Octopus Aesthetics, Presentation and Discussion
  • Oh Brother Octopus, Movie, DE 2017

January 31st
Screening: Heart of a dog by Laurie Anderson, US 2015

Funding and support

Ministry of Culture and Science NRW Cultural Office of the City of Düsseldorf
Academy of Media Arts Cologne