Vortex_ Exhibition Extended & Date for Finissage

Open until 14.02.2020, Thu-Sat 17:00-20:00

Extension of the Exhibition

Over 22 evenings, around 650 people have visited our exhibition. This is a remarkable succes for us. Due to ongoing interest in the exhibition, we’ve decided to extend it until 14.02.2020.

Opening Hours

Regular opening hours are Thu-Sat between 5 and 8 pm. Additionally, we’re also happy to open our doors at other times upon arrangement via email to info@biotop.co.


Former “Rollin’ Skate Shop”, Oberer Kirchenplatz 4, Villach


You are cordially invited to join us for a “finissage” to celebrate the closing of our exhibition. The event will start on Friday, 14.02.2020 at 6 pm. There will be refreshments, some music and lots of Biotop members to talk to.

About the exhibition

We are surrounded by and take part in complex systems. Yet, we struggle with the consequences of complexity. The global financial system and the climate are two examples of complex systems that inevitably affect our daily lives. Due to their apparent impenetrability, they make us feel insecure. Yet, what does complexity actually mean? Do we have to make do with the fact that “complex” merely means “complicated”? Between 7th December 2019 and 25th January 2020, the Villach-based science collective Biotop is presenting an exhibition titled “Vortex”, which aims to make complex systems accessible.

By showing how the complexity of a system unravels in the simple interplay of its parts, “Vortex” tries to show that “complex” definitely doesn’t mean “unintelligible”. Through interactive exhibits, visitors can discover an exhibition dedicated to those systems that are more than the mere sum of their parts. A playful approach invites visitors to discover the strangeness of the mundane and the accessibility of the complex: fluids in which we seem to be able to turn back time, flimsy films that are reigned by mighty turbulences, robust rings that are made from nothing but thin air, and inconspicuous solutions that spontaneously begin to form patterns.

“Rather than overwhelming our visitors with information, we want to amaze and get people thinking”, says Lukas Hutter, who has co-curated the exhibition, “feedback mechanisms play an important role in complex systems. These are something we’re quite familiar with. We want to build on this familiarity and hence convey a sense of complexity, which may prove to be a useful compass of sorts in our complex times.”

Vortex Featured in a.c.m.e-Radiolab Podcast (in German)

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