-> I/ Plurality of worlds
-> II/ Fluid Skies
-> III/ Forum of Andalucian Culture
-> IV/ External collaborations


In 1686 Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle published the "Entretiens sur la pluralité des mondes", a scientific novel that summarized the astronomical knowledge at that time. Juan d'Olivar, a Spanish engraver based in Paris, was in charge of visualizing the new universe described in the book. Since then, many artists and scientists have given their own version of the large-scale structure of the cosmos according to Fontenelle's description.

In my PhD thesis I present the whole set of images that have been published in all known Fontenelle's editions, from its release until now. They are analyzed and compared in their respective contexts, in such a way that they reveal the scientific, artistic, political or social background from which they emerged (showing the differences between countries, languages and centuries).

Within this framework I have also dealt with a wider range of approaches on the visual dimension of the "plurality of worlds". This additional contributions have been presented in several lectures and publications.

The University of Granada Press has published a digital version of the PhD thesis that it is available online (Spanish text with an extended abstract in German).


Las imágenes de los "Entretiens sur la Pluralité des Mondes" de Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle. Visualizaciones astronómicas de una pluralidad de mundos / Die Bebilderung der „Entretiens sur la Pluralité des Mondes“ von Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle. Astronomische Visualisierungen einer Vielzahl von Welten

Area & subject
Art History, Astronomy

Prof. Dr. Horst Bredekamp (HU Berlin)
Prof. Dr. Ignacio Henares (Ugr)

Double doctoral degree
PhD by the Humboldt-University of Berlin
European doctorate by the Granada University

Summa cum laude

Special Doctorate Award, University of Granada

University of Granada Press, 2011
Legal Deposit: GR 4186-2011
ISBN: 978-84-694-6950-7

University of Granada Press >> FULL PhD THESIS



Co-founder and team member.
FLUID SKIES is a creative and research platform to explore the fluid materiality of the cosmos from the perspectives of astrophysics, art, history, and philosophy.

FLUID SKIES are Lucia Ayala (ES - art and astronomy historian), Yunchul Kim (KOR - artist) and Jaime Forero (CO - astrophysicist).

Past events
Exhibition Carved Air
Schering Stiftung Berlin
7 Sept. - 1. Dec. 2012

Symposium Fluid Cosmologies
Speakers: Volker Springel, Rainer Arlt, Siegfried Zielinski
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
2 Nov. 2012

Concert Descend
Musicians: Jacob Kirkegaard, Jörg Lindenmaier, Yunchul Kim
Korean Culture Center Berlin
3 Nov. 2012

Yunchul Kim. Carved Air
Edited by Lucía Ayala
Berlin: argobooks, 2012
Volumen 3, Ernst Schering Foundation's Publication Series
ISBN 978-3-942700-29-0

More info in the web of the ERNST SCHERING FOUNDATION

See the photo gallery



Forum organizer.

Culture is a priority sector in Andalusia. At least, it is usually so said by media and official voices. However, this assertion contrasts with the difficulties that many Andalucian artists and culture people must go through.

To sound out this gap between what is said and what is done, to deepen the Andalucian cultural situation, to explore its borders, its greatness, its ins and outs, and its tasks, we have organized this Forum.

A Forum -not a conference, nor a rally, nor a seminar– for a joint meeting, debate and reflection. A place to share the present in order to design future. A space open to citizens where people from different cultural sectors will take part.

The coupling "culture" and "Andalusia" builds an extensive flow impossible to embrace in 24 hours only. Therefore I conclude apologizing in advance (many other people could have taken part on it) and with a confession (there is already enough materials, ideas and people to organize a Second Forum of Andalucian Culture).

Information about the Forum
Venue: Conference Centre, Granada
November 14th, 2015

Download the PROGRAM OF THE FORUM (Spanish only)

Download the POSTER (Spanish only)





  • Jury member
    Bormujos, Sevilla, November 10th 2017


  • Advisory board
    Bogota, Colombia, different locations, 2013

    Astronomia periferica (Peripheral Astronomy) is a project aimed at bringing the poetic force of astronomy into the periphery of Latin-American cities. Our tools are art, design, and science. The core team behind Astronomia Periferica (Peripheral Astronomy) is composed by two artists (Luis Bustamante and Alejandro Tamayo) and one astrophysicist (Jaime Forero-Romero).

    The hierarchical transmission of knowledge is a hurdle in stimulating people into taking responsibility for exploring, understanding and challenging the world we live in. These hierarchies are promoted by the academic and scientific establishment. Through a more open-ended process and without explicit knowledge hierarchies, artistic experimentation offers a way to overcome this problem. Another caveat with traditional outreach activities is the limited scope of the target population. It leaves out the people without time, physical and cultural resources to visit the knowledge centers (school, museum, planetarium). The artistic experience is a medium to lower that barrier and engage people, making them feel part of a world that often sends the opposite message by excluding them from knowledge circuits.



  • Key researcher
    University of Applied Arts, Art & Science Department
    Vienna, June-October, 2012

    To be liquid does mean to be in flow, to be able to constantly mutate into unpredictable states, to be malleable and ductile, to be susceptible to transformations and to be autonomous in the process, to run along the borders, to elude the constrictions and the fixed assumptions. “Liquid Things” wants to be liquid – not only with regard to its material basis, but also to its conceptual connotations and to its actual effects.

    Visit the website >> LIQUIDTHINGS.NET


  • Curator adviser, author
    Exhibition, catalog and lecture series
    Berlin, 2012

    About the exhibition
    Sonderausstellungshallen Kulturforum
    National Museums of Berlin
    10785 Berlin
    Thu 10 May - Sun 5 August 2012

    The exhibition On the Plurality of Worlds derives its name from the title of a book that fuelled the imagination of Enlightenment thinkers more than any other: Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle's Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds, published in 1686. It took as starting point the thesis defended in my PhD project and used it as leit motiv of a renewed view on the Enlightenment, a period in which many different worlds emerged in European societies.

    Following my advice, the first section at the entrance of the exhibition showed all editions of Fontenelle's scientific novel that I have researched for my PhD and that are part of the collections of the Berliner National Library. It was a unique opportunity to see these books, normally not available for the general public. Other books that are part of my work could be seen too, as Kindermann's story of an interplanetary trip in 1744 with its wonderful representation of the elastic body.

    The exhibition was held as part of a wider series of events called 'Art - King - Enlightenment', coordinated by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in honour of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Frederick the Great on 24 January 2012.

    Exhibition catalog
    Publisher: Michael Imhof Verlag GmbH & Co. KG
    Editors: Moritz Wullen in colaboration with Michael Lailach and Jörg Völlnagel
    ISBN 978-3-86568-799-9

    Authors: Lucía Ayala, Lena Bader, Reinhold Baumstark, Judith Ber- ganski, Werner Busch, Eva Dolezel, Henrik Engel, Angela Fischel, Thomas Gaehtgens, Felix Jäger, Michael Lailach, Wenchao Li, Günther Lottes, Jürgen Renn, Matthias Schemmel, Peter-Klaus Schuster, Jörg Völlnagel, Moritz Wullen.

    Lecture series
    Die Vielheit des aufgeklärten Universums
    A lecture by Lucia Ayala
    11 July 2012, 19 h
    Kulturforum Berlin

    Visit the oficial website >> NATIONAL MUSEUMS IN BERLIN


  • Gast curator
    Online magazine, n. 8
    Bogota/Berlin, 2008

    It is about grasping the materiality of the intangible, about enjoying the pleasures of the physical. Analogize consists of a round-trip to the digital world and to relate it in the travelers' notebook. It is about converting the digital in a physical-materic metaphor. It is about creating manufactures following the zeros-and-ones logic. The analogization focuses in the analog mutations of the digital reality.

  • Multimedia Images for a Complex World. Views from both Sides of the Atlantic

  • Curatorial team
    International video-exhibition
    Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, Spain, 2008

  • New Media and Socio-cultural Reality in Contemporary Audiovisual Creation

  • Working team
    Granada (Spain), 2008

  • Course of Specialization in Artistic Heritage Conservation and the Use of New Technologies

  • Direction assistant
    Online and offline course
    MECAD, Barcelona (Spain), 2005-06

  • Enseigner/Produire. Le salon des prototypes

  • Direction assistant in MECAD
    Diverse events on production and education of media art organized by Le Fresnoy, Centre Pompidou, MECAD and ZKM
    MECAD, Barcelona (Spain), 2005-06

    Visit the website >> WWW.CENTREPOMPIDOU.FR


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