It is not the End of the World
on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
With Pauline Julier (Geneva), Emilija Škarnulytė (Tromsø), Riikka Tauriainen (Zurich, Helsinki), Superflex (Denmark), Marie Velardi (Geneva).
Our idea of pristine nature is outdated. Humans have become a planetary force, shaping the image and nature of the planet through their impact on geology, atmosphere, and oceans. Anthropogenic - i.e. man-made - influences determine the fate of the Earth, both negatively and potentially positively. Anthropogenic is not only greenhouse gases and pollution, but also efforts to prevent them. In the peripherally located Engadine, where nature still appears imposing and intact despite the influence of tourism and agriculture, the invited artists look at new conceptions of nature in interaction with technology, incorporating high-tech as well as in exchange with the sciences. They take up historical-documentary approaches but also (techno-)shamanistic visions of a future interaction in the structure of man, nature and technology and show alternative approaches to the history of technology so far.
The environment of the Fundaziun Nairs always influences the perception of the works when visiting the exhibition. For example, the former bathing and spa house is located directly on the Inn River and reflects the approximately 100-year history of the healing and recreation resort for the urban middle classes in the health-promoting mountain climate. Today, in times of climate change and global crises, the healing and recovery of the entire ecosystem is at stake.
The exhibition title is borrowed from a work by Superflex and speculates on a possible future of the Earth without the human species. The public is invited to consider the present and future role of humans in a world of escalating climate change and a potentially apocalyptic human future.
The exhibition is open Thursday through Sunday from 3 - 6 p.m.
Cover image: Pauline Julier, Cercate Ortensia, 2021, video still, Photo: Pauline Julier
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