Science lives next door to fiction
At "Kulturhuset" in Stockholm, the fascinating exhibition "Aquanauts. The Expedition" is taking place at the moment. It is completely fictional and revolves around a fictional expedition to "Siljansringen" (a prehistoric impact crater in central Sweden), where science-like artifacts are displayed.
The exhibition is reminiscent of the Venice Biennale 2017, where Damien Hirst exhibited fictional, newly manufactured "art treasures" that were allegedly finds from a sunken ship. Hirst also alluded to science. The works of art were presented as cataloged finds: numbered, documented, and ready for interpretation.
The two exhibitions share the fascination for expeditions, underwater mysticism, scientific methodology and sensational discoveries. The scientific framework is absolutely central for the fictional stories to work convincingly. In other words, the sensational borrows the legitimacy of the research.