It is often difficult for us to form an image of basic scientific research. Yet the very basis of tomorrow’s progress is the constant search for ever new insight. Since the Enlightenment, scientific knowledge has provided the foundations for industrialisation and modern society. Today, basic research is like a perpetuum mobile providing ever new knowledge that will later be implemented in concrete innovations through applied research. At the end of this chain are technologies which can fundamentally alter our society, such as, for example, the Internet. The photography project entitled Hypothesis addresses the theme of science and research, raising questions about our relationship to nature and our surroundings. This photo-essay is divided into four sections: the chapter Time deals with geological time or chronometry; the chapter Space shows, among other things, observatories which gaze into the depths of space; the Matter section provides insight into research on the smallest particles in nature, while the section Life deals with basic research involving animal and plant organisms. The four areas complement each other to form a photo series that drafts a cosmos of its own – a pictorial mega-laboratory which, partly freed of the outside world and without a concrete guideline, complies with a single aim: to provide tomorrow’s world with new insight.
In the book Hypothesis each photograph is accompanied by a text written by Inke Suhr on the research work depicted.
Hartmann Books, 2020, ISBN 978-3-96070-040-1
Text by Urs Stahel, english/german
112 pages, 45 colour plates, hardcover 30 x 22,5 cm