About the picture that greets the virtual visitor
The website shows part of the painting “The Gramineous Bicycle” by Max Ernst (1920).
Max Ernst was an early twentieth century artist and pioneer of the Dada movement. Ernst was reportely fascinated with microscopic images, cutting edge technolgy at that time. The picture combines organic forms with mechanical parts. What you are looking at are microorganisms that ride bicycles. I like this painting because I find fascinating how emerging technologies produce new ensembles of organic and mechanic parts.
How exactly do microorganisms ride bikes? After all these are microbes doing bicycle riding. Don’t get me started on the important implication that this has for the field of artificial intelligence..
The painting is now located in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. There is also a large permanent exhibition of his work in Brühl, Germany.