First contact

VERNISSAGE - APRIL 26 2023 19-22

In First Contact exhibition, visitors immerse into an imaginary lost & found of an intergalactic space station and learn how to communicate with aliens with the help of artificial intelligence.

First Contact exhibition is set to open at La Fraise Gallery on April 26, 2023. It features a collection of works from two artists who show cracks in the system of human vision, and experiment with technologies to be ready for a first contact with alien civilizations.
Swiss artist Christian Schwaller presents his series of paintings and sculptures inspired by the sci-fi aesthetics, experiments with 3d-technology and visions of mystical black objects flying in space (looking very similar to Ethereum logo). Some of his artefacts could be imagined as lost & found of an intergalactic space station that mysteriously vanished and was later rediscovered. The pieces reflect the wonder and awe of encountering the unknown and the unexpected, as well as the fear and uncertainty that come with it. The artefacts are a testament to the diversity and complexity of alien cultures and provide a glimpse into the mysteries of the universe.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to go deep into alien language research done with ChatGPT, the latest language model developed by OpenAI. ChatGPT can translate and interpret dozens of fictional alien languages, from the guttural clicks of the Krrsh to the melodic tones of the Xalaxians.
The artist duo ( presents a new batch of NFTs based on ChatGPT generated texts, including poetry in Klingon and the guttural, aggressive language of the Klingons from the Star Trek franchise. The piece explores the themes of identity, power, and cultural exchange, and invites the audience to engage with alien languages in a new and creative way.
First Contact is a thought-provoking exhibition that brings together art, science, and imagination. It offers a glimpse into the possibilities of the unknown and challenges us to expand our horizons and embrace the diversity of the universe.

Opening 26 April 2023
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