Agnieszka Polska

The Happiest Thought

In the most poetic of ways, the artist Agnieszka Polska revives the prehistoric biosphere before the largest extinction of species in Earth’s history in a hypnotically enchanting séance.

Agnieszka Polska: „The Happiest Thought“

Agnieszka Polska: “The Happiest Thought”. Fulldome video with sound

© Agnieszka Polska and Żak Branicka Gallery, Berlin

6 September 2019, 20:00
Artist Talk with Agnieszka Polska & Joulia Strauss
Kunstquartier Bethanien, Studio 1

More than 250 million years ago, at the transition of the Permian to the Triassic eras, the largest known mass extinction in the Earth’s history occurred and up to 90 percent of the planet’s life was annihilated. This disturbing natural phenomenon and its impact are at the centre of visual artist Agnieszka Polska’s first fulldome piece. Her visual essay “The Happiest Thought” revives the Earth’s destroyed biosphere in the most poetic of ways. Agnieszka Polska’s point of departure is the “happiest thought” of the physicist Albert Einstein, what he later called the fundamental thought that inspired him to formulate his general theory of relativity in 1915, which understands space and time as dynamic entities. Sung by the US-American performance artist Geo Wyeth, the text becomes part of a hypnotically enchanting séance.

Animation Agnieszka Polska, Nathan Gray
Voice Artist Geo Wyeth
Sound Design Agnieszka Polska, Igor Kłaczyński
Sound Recording Ronald van der Spek
Sound Mixing Igor Kłaczyński
Production assistant Irma Blumstock

A co-production with Planetarium Hamburg