AFTER ALL

Culture of Nature, part 2

After Art
Culture of Nature, part 2

A contribution to the Debate of Cultural Heritage

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) is the largest art museum in the United States and holds one of the most important art history collections in the world. It was founded on April 13, 1870, opened on February 20, 1872, and is a universal museum claiming completeness of its art collection fields and epochs.

What happens when we realise that nature would be able to create something equivalent out of civilisational waste?The video addresses the man-made dualism of nature and culture. It calls for a critical engagement with the environment and fights for the survival of our ecosystem from an artistic position. In an irritating way, this archive of sculptures made of various plastics, resembles highly valued archaeological and cultural artifacts of past civilizations. These everyday finds are seen as proxies of a bygone era that has unearthed an indescribable amount of trash. At the same time, these relics of our consumptive behavior, in addition to their destructive energy, possess their own sculptural power and beauty. This paradox plays ironically with the values and ideas of Western art history.

AFTER ALL continues a series of videos started with ‘I SEA’. It was presented in 2019 as part of the official selection at AVIFF Art Film Festival Cannes and at the Architektur.Film.Sommer 2019 at the Architekturzentrum Vienna as well as at the Secret Architecture Shortfilmfestival 2020 by Mies.TV and the Wonderland Platform for European Architecture. 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
ClientEarth
Date2018