The world is in you

30 September 2021 – 16 January 2022

Through science, art and history, the exhibition explores, how bodies are connected with the world in and around us.

About the exhibition

We are living in the age of the anthropocene – the age of the human – and we keep learning more about, how we affect and change our surrounding world, for better or for worse. But very few people think about, how the world also affects the human body. That our surroundings also forms our bodies and daily existence.

Our cells register the shift from day to night, caused by planetary movement. Things we touch, affects trillions of microbes, that live in and on us, and who decide, how we fell. The generations before us have left traces in our DNA. For better or worse, we exist in a network of connections, stretching from the microscopic to the planetary.

The world is in you is based on new biomedical research, that attempts to understand our bodies, our health and our world. But the conversations about the insights of the research cannot be contained in separate disciplines. They flow into art, history, culture, philosophy, politics and more. Together, they make new understandings possible, of how our bodies are connected to the world.

The exhibition contains a mixture of pieces of art – from paintings to video installations, objects from the collections of Medical Museion and scientific and historical objects. All objects tell about our entangled bodies, and the exhibition moves through four themes – Time, Space, Microbes and Generations.

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Participating artists

Mediated Matter Group/Neri Oxman, Ralo Mayer, Katie Paterson, Bradley Pitts, Lucy McRae, Kathy High, Jiwon Woo, Sonja Bäumel, Baum & Leahy, Guston Sondin-Kung, Marcus Coates, Susan Morris, Till Rabus, Heath Bunting, Isabella Martin, Maya Sialuk Jacobsen, Kaitlynn Redell, Mary Maggic, Pinar Yoldas, Mogens Jacobsen, Anna Dumitriu, Andrew Carnie, Jenna Sutela, Luke Jerram, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Sofie Louise Dam, Tine Friis & Eduardo Abrantes.

Behind the exhibition

The world is in you is curated by Medical Museion (a part of the Institute for Public Health and  Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research – CBMR) at the University of Copenhagen. The exhibition is produced in collaboration with Kunsthal Charlottenborg.

The exhibition was made possible through the support of: Novo Nordisk Fondens thematical program in education and communication, Velux Fonden, Bikubenfonden, Beckett Fonden, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond, Direktør Espen og Hustru Tanja Neergaard Dinesens Fond. Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s exhibition programme is supported by Augustinus Fonden, Det Obelske Familiefond and Statens Kunstfond.

Curated by Adam Bencard, Jacob Lillemose, Kristin Stirling and Malthe Kouassi Bjerregaard.


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Curator, Adam Bencard,, +45 35320875
Curator, Jacob Lillemose,, +45 35336836

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