The world is changing: between global catastrophes and rapid technological progress, humankind is creating new digital spaces for dreams and utopias. What does it mean to be human in this new world, and what if this dream landscape becomes a nightmare? The exhibition Willkommen im Paradies (Welcome to Paradise) at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf is an immersive, interactive project that transports visitors into fictional worlds between utopia and dystopia. From 27 August 2021 to 9 January 2022, visitors can engage in an artistic experiment and a multisensory experience.

The NRW-Forum Düsseldorf takes visitors on a media art trail of installations and virtual realities over 1,200 square metres. As they walk through the transmedia, narrative exhibition architecture, they face tasks and engage with artistic works on new forms of spirituality, digital rituals and the question of physicality in the virtual. The exhibition offers visitors a transformative artistic and personal experience in which fiction, science, art, technology and their own emotions and fantasies meet. At the end of the journey, paradise awaits—or does it?

With A.A Murakami, Hazel Brill, Martin Backes, Sandrine Deumier, fabien prioville, Barbara Herold & Florian Huth, Dagmar Hugk, Christiane Peschek, Paola Pinna, Catherine Spet, RaumZeitPiraten, Eugen Schramm, Vesela Stanoeva, Aaron Stratmann with Ursula Meyer, Matthias Brinkhoff, Julian Baer, Bianca Benzer, Jonas Wüstefeld, Tim Golombeck and Joahanna Wildhagen, Noriyuki Suzuki, Charlotte Triebus, Christian Bröer, and MireviLab.

Interactive installations "Alpha" by fabien prioville and "Spheres" by Charlotte Triebus have been developed in collaboration with the project MARTA.

Noriyuki Suzuki: * 2019 Mixed Media Installation, Courtesy of the Artist © Noriyuki Suzuki
Christiane Peschek: EDEN 2020 Smartphone-Retreat, Interaktive Installation, Courtesy of the Artist © Christiane Peschek
Martin Backes: What do I know? I am just a machine?!, 2019, Tablet, Custom-Made Augmented Reality App, 3D Audio Kopfhörer © Martin Backes