#fakenature In 2001 The mediated motion occupied all four levels of the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, choreographing the visitors’ meandering progression through the art museum. Created in collaboration with the landscape architect Günther Vogt, the exhibition led the viewer in a spiral from one floor to the next, from one discrete environment to another. "The work was primarily a staging of movement and of people. On the first and third floors, I took the function out of the bridges, making them terminate at walls, so that people were forced to turn around. This stressed the mediated, staged feeling of the interior landscapes. On the suspension bridge at the top floor, you were forced to negotiate the presence of others, were entangled in a mid-air."
On the ground floor, visitors first encountered an array of logs leaning against a wall with shiitake mushrooms (Lentinula edodes) growing on them. Climbing the stairs to level one, they entered a room taken up entirely by a shallow artificial pond, whose dark, reflective surface was mottled by a thin layer of floating duckweed (Lemna minor). A walkway supported by pontoons guided visitors into the room and to the stairway leading to the next floor. Level two was empty save for a gently sloping ramp of packed soil that covered the entire space. Visitors were free to wander about the room, following whatever route they chose, before resuming their upward journey. The top floor was filled with fog and featured a suspension bridge, which stretched from one side of the room, where it could be accessed via a wooden staircase, to the other, where it terminated abruptly at a blank wall and forced visitors to retrace their original route. From the first floor onwards, a staircase of roughly hewn wood was installed about a metre and a half above the existing exposed-concrete steps, allowing a smooth, unbroken transition from one landscape situation to the next.
The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf. "Alexander von Humboldt has been largely forgotten in the English-speaking world. He was one of the last polymaths, and died at a time when scientific disciplines were hardening into tightly fenced and more specialised fields. Consequently his more holistic approach - a scientific method that included art, history, poetry and politics alongside hard data - has fallen out of favour. This connection between knowledge, art and poetry, between science and emotions - the deeply-seated bond as Humboldt called it - is more important than ever.” “It was this approach that allowed him to find connections everywhere in nature. Nothing - not even the tiniest organism, was looked at on its own. When nature is viewed as a web, its vulnerability also becomes obvious. Everything hangs together. After he saw the devastating environmental effects of colonial plantations at Lake Valencia in Venezuela in 1800, Humboldt became the first scientist to talk about harmful human-induced climate change.” “As scientists are trying to understand and predict the global consequences of climate change, Humboldt’s interdisciplinary approach to science and nature is more relevant than ever"
WASSERfarben opens tonight at Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich
Very excited to announce Little Sun’s new collaboration with IKEA. Together they want to inspire and explore new ways of harnessing the power of the sun through intelligent and creative design. They will be working on creating a series of sustainable off-grid tools, not only for energy, but also water and communication. Learn more here: www.littlesun.com
Glacial currents, 2018, Watercolour, glacial ice, Indian ink, and pencil on paper - part of WASSERfarben, opens tomorrow at Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich