The Face of God
The Face of God is an exhibition about the search for order in chaos, where the border-line between fact and fiction is fluid. You are welcome to enter into the middle of a pre-arranged, spatial narrative, where you will meet the fictitious Czech entomologist and artist Milka Havel and learn about her life and works through reconstructed artefacts and images.
The Face of God is the title of Milka Belia Havel’s (1571-1631) partially lost text about the search for order amidst chaos. The text forms a basis for the exhibition which highlights the fictitious Czech entomologist and artist Milka Havel’s life and works. The forgotten artist is made alive by interpretations, texts and reconstructions based on fragments and borrowed original works.
The exhibition toys with history and fiction and could be described as a pre-constructed spatial novel. The project tries to ensure that fiction and fictionalisation are restored by the power of example as an instrument which can develop and transform design.
In the Face of God baroque is confronted with modernism, design with art, and science with mysticism. Insects act as metaphors for the inscrutable and the impenetrable, and as an instrument of man’s search for meaning. The central artefact of the exhibition is a four-metre long funnel made of walnut, which provides analogue amplification of insects’ sounds.
A trans-boundary project by the Academy of Design and Crafts
Johnny Friberg, lecturer in Design at HDK, the Academy of Design and Crafts at Gothenburg University, is the curator of the exhibition and the project leader of Studio Mold – a group of artists and designers who have worked with the exhibition for two years now.
The exhibition is accompanied by a book, in which, among other persons, Ingrid Elam, professor and cultural writer, Fredrik Sjöberg, author and biologist, and the museum’s entomologist Peter Nielsen write about the importance of Milka Havel today.