A bar at the end of the universe presents nine videos showing a pre-apocalyptic prep class. Each session consists of a lecture, an interview, or a roundtable with invited guests, hosted in a specific setting: artifacts that suggest a post-apocalyptic amusement park, plastic waste melted down into a Sputnik, and a cybertruck that has crashed from outer space. The Egyptian tanning studio meets the beanbag shaped as a tardigrade with a reflective surface. Imitation ice drill cores have been placed next to a thermic equilibrium machine, and the walls are decorated with posters showing occult molecular structures and Ötzi, and other hominids. Simulated archaeological finds in bronze betoken the end of our present, while sound-absorption panels in the shapes of the continental constellations at the times of the five biggest mass extinctions embed the current situation in the larger framework of the Earth’s history as a whole.
This is the scenery in which the pre-apocalyptic prep class is held, for Terra’s end does not equal the end of the universe. The nine videos gather different intellectual styles and symbolic systems and lead the audience beyond the end.
The project’s title displaces its perspective to an observation point sufficiently remote for an interdisciplinary collage to coalesce. The personalities, experiences, and expertise of objects and guests interact, revealing their different imaginative potentials and forms of knowledge. From academic angles to aesthetic experiences, from pure theory to rigorous physics, all standpoints present their models of the world and for the world. Each guest, after all, is sitting at a bar and telling his-her-its version of the end of the universe.
Conrad Ahrens, Beate Bidjanbeg, Walter „Luigi“ Burgmeier, Tommaso Castelletti, Susanna Delfrati, Charlotte Diedrich, Maditha Dolle, Klara Finck, Dr. Christine Gruber, Iago, Liane und Luzia Klingler, Magdalena Klotz, Almuth Kohnle, Dr. Cornelia Mittendorfer, Christian Modrow, Prof. Lindsey Nicholson, Andrea Pontiggia, Ronja Sophie Putz, Dr. Thomas Rainer, Hannelore Rohrbach, Dr. Alexander Schütze, Anna Schwietering, Dr. Baldassare Scolari, Victoria Wald, Paul Wellenhof, Oliver Zillig.