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Imaginary laboratory

Mar 27, 2018 - Heikki Humberg

Topic of science continues, here is a taste of series Sisyphus by Kata Geibl. Where art, science and imagination are combined.  I find her take on it very inspiring and thought-provoking.


In Greek mythology Sisyphus tricked Death by trapping Thanatos in chains. Once Thanatos was bound by chains, no one died on Earth, this is why Sisyphus was punished to roll an enormous rock up a hill, only to watch it come back to hit him, repeating this action for eternity.


I always thought that once I understand the construct of time it will lead me to understand the world that surrounds us. Science measures time, categorizes it, tricks it. Humanity is starting to slowly realize that our time is running out so we try to look into the future and prepare ourselves to what might come.


Humanity tends to believe that history is moving forward, never repeating itself, learning from the past’s mistakes. I’ve rather like to think of time and history as a circle, always coming back, just to start again. In series Sisyphus, I constructed an imaginary laboratory where it’s up to the reader to decide where the line lies between fiction and reality without any scientific explanation.