Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster is an artist whose work evokes atmosphere over object and her multi-facetted installation, Alienarium 5 at the Serpentine Gallery is created around a simple yet surprising and unusual premise: “What if aliens were in love with us?” .
So many sci-fi narratives explore the aggressive and frightening side of alien life; in this scenario she posits a refreshingly different approach.
You have to let yourself sink into this so give yourself plenty of time.
The diorama at the centre is dense with imagery and sound. There’s a guide to who & what is where – like a game of spot the character.
Planet Carpet(Uranus) is the carpet design throughout.
The cushions are covers of sci-fi books, part of the research bibliography and I found this room the most rewarding as it encouraged people to linger.
La Planète Close may only be seen (and smelt) through peepholes in the wall. All I could get was a glimpse of hair on a surface, nothing more.
There’s also a virtual reality experience but the session when I was there was fully booked.
Scent, sound, touch and vision are all part of the immersive nature of her work. It may sound a bit odd but the effect is cumulative with images remembered long afterwards.