Ecke Bonk, typosophes sans frontières, The Gedankenexperiment (2003-2005), Spiegel, Schieferplatten, MdM Mönchsberg
Ecke Bonk, typosophes sans frontières, The Gedankenexperiment (2003-2005), Spiegel, Schieferplatten, MdM Mönchsberg
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Ecke Bonk - typosophes sans frontières - typosophes sans frontières "Gedankenexperiment (Thought Experiment)“, 2003-2005

Works by Ecke Bonk move in a kind of interspace between different disciplines. They refer to multifaceted interactions between art and science. Ecke Bonk introduced his so-called “typosophy” which abolished the boundaries between the different disciplines in favour of a poetic viewpoint. „No art without science / no science without art“ is one of the slogans of his “company“ typosophes sans frontières.
During summer 2002 the museum invited Ecke Bonk to develop a project for the site fence on Mönchsberg. His proposal to comment on the connection between the construction of the new museum building and its planned contents and objectives with the world play BUILDING><BILDUNG (education) provoked heated discussions. In 2002 he wrote a controversial new text for the "Futurist Manifesto Against Passéist Venice" (1910) intended as a quick-witted statement against the "intolerably depraved Salzburg", which was meant as an appeal for a constructive attitude and against the superficiality of art and culture events. The project for the mountain station on Mönchsberg is another call for discussion and debate to counteract the state of anaesthesia.
“The title "The Gedankenexperiment" is also a homage to the most important inventor of thought experiments of the 20th century: Albert Einstein. The English article “the” refers to the use of the German term “gedankenexperiment” (thought experiment) by the largely English-speaking community of physics to this day” (Ecke Bonk).
Though thought experiments had already been performed in ancient times, for example by the poet-philosophers Parmenides, Demokrit, Heraklit and others, they became significant cognitive instruments of theoretical astrophysics and nuclear physics, used for example in quantum physics, which is practically incomprehensible for outsiders, and in the models of the theory of relativity. Bonk’s work is also an allusion to the year 2005 which was named “World Year of Physics" by UNESCO.
„in gedankenexperimente we connect macrocosmoses and microcosmoses. these poetic constructs are perfect spaceships suitable for travelling through all dimensions of the universe. gedankenexperimente capture and focus the poetic achievements of our mind. They are sparkling crystals of abstraction, a „top product” of our primate brain since its rapid quantitative and qualitative evolution 150.000 years ago (the reasons for which cannot be fully explained until today) and the development of a highly differentiated analytical thought and language centre. all our poetic experiences and visions, all our efforts towards obtaining knowledge have always been used to define our precarious and uncertain place on a revolving planet. the centrally positioned „illuminated“ quotation by william blake contained in the project "the gedankenexperiment" must be viewed in this context. Born in Stars We Live On Earth As Poets“ (Ecke Bonk)
"The Gedankenexperiment" is a homage to the thought models and working hypotheses of William Blake, Hans Geiger, Wolfgang Pauli, Lise Meitner and Albert Einstein.



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