The Voynich Project

10dence platform developed an international exhibition concept and project presenting an alternative vision on the mysterious world of the Voynich manuscript for release within several exhibition venues. Approximately twenty artists from all over the world participated within the Voynich project exhibitions and all of them reflected with a creative vision and expression based on their confrontation with the Voynich manuscript

Within the Voynich exhibition project, a highly respected international group of artists explore the contents of the mysterious and centuries-old Voynich manuscript, written by an unknown author, illustrated with bizarre, puzzling pictures and composed in a language that even the best cryptographers can't decode. With this project the artists transfer their artistic attempt to reflect and to revive debate and dialogue on the Voynich manuscript in their own specific manner. The Voynich manuscript has been studied by many professional and amateur cryptographers, including American and British codebreakers from both World War I and World War II. No one has yet succeeded in deciphering the text, and it has become a famous case in the history of cryptography. The mystery of the meaning and origin of the manuscript has excited the popular imagination, making the manuscript the subject of novels and speculation. None of the many hypotheses proposed over the last hundred years has yet been independently verified. 
By researching the Voynich Manuscript, the participating artists became intrigued in how people throughout the ages have created their own worlds in order to understand the one around them. The artists similarly use their creative process to create new places to give a feeling of journeying through new or parallel worlds that mix micro and macro, the botanical and the astrological, and inner and outer consciousness. The works of art from the participating artists in the Voynich exhibition project ask to be studied, for the viewer to take their time and allow each individual mystery to unfold. All works of art within the Voynich exhibition are conversations, figurative as well as abstract on the dichotomy between our understanding of the civilised world versus our understanding of nature, between fact and fiction and the slippages in-between.