four channel video installation, 2013, 33’, loop
the conversation that never took place, 2013
In the video installation the conversation that never took place (2013), Herwig Turk moves his focus to four molecular biologists, who are individually interviewed, and shown on four large monitors, as if they were having a conversation with each other. The experts’ conversations are, on the one hand, about their struggle with the scientific world view, on which their research achievements are based, and on the other, about their ethical convictions and personal motivations, revealing them as individuals in the highly regulated field of research, which is not only formalised and regulated through protocols, but is also based on a collective thought style – in the sense of Ludwik Fleck – within their scientific community. It takes great effort to scrutinise the thought style of their collective, and further develop it, and to realise innovation and acquire new knowledge.