I SEA

Culture of Nature, part 1
7th Continent
Culture of Nature, part 1

 

A Contribution to the Debate of Colonialism

In many countries, Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World on October 12, 1492 is celebrated with a holiday. What if the native Americans had discovered in 1492 that Columbus had been lost at sea?

The video addresses the inherent motivation of humans to expand their territory and exploit it for their own purposes. Aged remnants of PVC sheets recall in an irritating way, fictional maps or topographies of unknown islands. These islands, iconographic sites of human longing, allow the viewer to feel the hopes that grip us humans when unknown lands come into our focus. At the same time, they point to the consequences of colonialism, which in history has unfortunately often led to violence and environmental destruction. The text inserted in the video describes the adventure of Christopher Columbus, which on October 12, 1492 led to the so-called discovery of America. A new era began for the indigenous people and their biotope. They were exploited, oppressed or destroyed.

I SEA is the first video of the series Culture of Nature, which raises the question why the humankind is are not able to consider itself as part of the ecosystem – a habitat where humans, animals and plants are interconnected and all part of one culture.


ProgrammeInstallation / Video
LocationARTNIT 2016, Festival for contemporary art, Campos, Mallorca
40 Certamen d'Arts Plástiques i Visuals, Binissalem, Mallorca, 2018
ClientEarth
Date2016-2021