AFTER ALL

The culture of nature
The culture of nature
Archeology of the future, part 2

‘After All’ talks about the modern dualism of nature and culture. It is demanding a critical engagement for the environment and fights from an artistic position for the human survival.
The comparison of culturally important artifacts and waste products of our civilization initiates a dialogue about the coordinates of our live. The illustrated works originate from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the oceans of the world.

The video shows an archive of sculptures made of various plastic materials, that were found on the seashore and compares them with archeological and cultural artefacts from early civilizations to the present day. The objects are varied by quotes of different authors, historians and natural scientists, who talk about the future of humankind.

The global economic system does not serve any more the needs of the ‘human family’. Further economic concepts and more control will not solve the growing crisis. Although, without being aware, we already are at the begin of a new era. A long spiritual winter is ending and with every increasing beauty a dynamic cure (change) is happening. We need new and creative options for a coexistence between nature and society.

The plastic pieces found on the beaches of the mediterranean sea consist mainly of plastic polymers such as polyvinyl chloride (commonly abbreviated PVC), polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP). These plastic finds are considered as exponents of a bygone era, that has conveyed an incredible lot of waste. On the other hand, these sad relicts with their destructive energy own a sculptural strength and beauty. This paradox plays in an ironic way with the values and concepts of western art history.

AFTER ALL continues a series of videos started with ‘I SEA’. It is presented in 2019 as part of the official selection at AVIFF Art Film Festival Cannes as well as at the Architektur.Film.Sommer 2019 at the Architekturzentrum Vienna. It was screened for the first time at the 2018 contemporary art festival ARTNIT in Campos, Mallorca.

 

 

ProgrammeInstallation / Video
LocationAVIFF, Art Film Festival Cannes, 2019
Architektur.Film.Sommer, Architekturzentrum Vienna, 2019
ARTNIT, Festival for contemporary art, Campos, Mallorca, 2018
Date2018