11 NOVEMBER 2021 - 2 MARCH 2022
11 NOVEMBER 2021 - 2 MARCH 2022

0 Starting From Zero

Although we deal with the number 0 daily, it is at the same time an invisible and elusive concept. This exhibition investigates zero – as a symbol, a concept, a number – from an interdisciplinary approach, enhancing the dialogue among art, science, technology and philosophy in line with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam’s interest in interdisciplinarity.

The work ER=EPR by Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand refers to Einstein’s theory in which the denominator is zero, which implies that the centre of a black hole has infinite mass and gravitational pull.

In Jennifer Tee’s art, apparent contradictions are effortlessly brought into symbiosis. Much like the concept of shunya, which in ancient India represented both everything and nothing, providing an important philosophical basis for the number zero.

Jan Robert Leegte’s work focuses on the world of ones and zeros that create our digital universe.

Nicky Assmann’s work follows in the footsteps of the artist collective ZERO, which sought to break with art traditions and turned to daily life as a starting point for its work.

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Art in the exhibition

Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand
Reflections by prof. dr. Florian Schreck

ER=EPR, 2017

Jennifer Tee
Reflections by prof. dr. Wan Fokkink

Atom Series, 2016

Jan Robert Leegte
Reflections by dr. Ilaria Tiddi

In the Blink of an Eye, 2020

Nicky Assmann
Reflections by prof. dr. Sharda Nandram

Solaris, 2013

Jan Robert Leegte
Reflections by dr. Ilaria Tiddi

Drawing of a Button, 2020


To me zero is in the middle between infinity and form

In every exhibition in the VU ART SCIENCE gallery scientists reflect on the art works on view. 0 Starting from Zero includes reflections by:

  • prof. dr. Florian Schreck, Experimental Quantum Physics at University of Amsterdam
  • dr. Ilaria Tiddi, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Explainable Artificial intelligence and Hybrid Intelligence at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • prof. dr. Wan Fokkink, Design and Analysis of Distributed Computer Systems at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • prof. dr. Sharda Nandram, Hindu Spirituality and Society at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam & Business and Spirituality at Nyenrode Business Universiteit

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29 January 2022, 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm

ART SCIENCE online event

11 November 2021, 5.00 pm - 8.30 pm

Opening gallery