The exhibition in the cabinet of the Kunsthalle Lingen entitled “Weltenanschauungen” will make the systems theory of the Bielefeld sociologist Niklas Luhmann (1927 to 1998) haptically tangible. The basic idea is to create a teaching exhibition on a high aesthetic level that brings the complex teachings of the social scientist closer. Core statements of Niklas Luhmann are e.g. “Social systems delimit themselves in principle against their environment”, “The border of a system to the environment marks a complexity gradient” or also “Social systems are nothing else than communication”.

The aim of this exhibition is to present these core statements in the interaction of three exemplary social systems of our world in exchange with each other: Art, Economy and Science. The complexity gradient is mediated, for example, by a wall between the different systems, which initially prevents an unhindered exchange. How communication can nevertheless take place, how much of it reaches the counterpart, and how this shapes the view of one another, can be experienced in the installation.

The audience’s task is to recognize Luhmann’s thoughts in the process.

The concrete goal is to present an increasingly complex world, based on the division of labor, as a kind of three-dimensional and walkable Venn diagram in a room.

The curators Prof. Dr. Till Albert (Professor of Corporate Management, Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, Lingen site) and Peter Lütje (artist, Lingen) want to create an awareness of the fact that every human being provides an effect on togetherness, even if not everyone can recognize this immediately.