The Berkeley Oracle, Questions unanswered
World Wide Web, 1998
The Berkeley Oracle invited visitors to the Berkeley Art Museum and Berkeley University website to ask questions which for them had remained unanswered. The work is homage to the student revolution of 1967 and 1968, which started on the campus of Berkeley in California. Thirty years later, it is a reminder of the social and cultural contribution of the student movements that spread from Berkeley to Paris, Berlin and Milan.

Asking questions is part of human nature and sometimes itís not the answer to a question that is important, but the lack of an answer.

The work also refers to the Oracle of Delphi, to which people from all over Ancient Greece traveled in order to get answers. According to some reports, these answers were actually questions.

The questions for the work were collected over two years. A selection of questions were produced on plaques and installed for the duration of an exhibition inside the permanent collection of the Berkeley Art Museum and the Art and Media Centre in Karlsruhe.

Would art exist if time and death did not exist?

Where does God spend his holidays?

Is it true that true desires only arise in the mind?

What is beauty?

How many children will I have?

Is it time to stop caring?


Object: 40 photo/text panels, each 18 x 24 cm. In collaboration with the University of California, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Pacific Film Archive, Ada Web, New York, the Staatlichen Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe, the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie at the Medienmuseum, Karlsruhe.

Publications:
- Das Berkeley Orakel, Richter, Dusseldorf 1999 (German)
- The Berkeley Oracle, Richter, Dusseldorf 1999 (English - out of print)

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