"LUNAR/DER BOTE I" (2017)
Von einem Moment auf den anderen gerietst
du ins Wanken
Weitläufig beinahe allumfassend
machte sich dein erwachender Widerstand bemerkbar
Willst du mich nicht mehr?
Will ich dich nicht mehr?
Bricht nun der Tag an an dem
wir uns verabschieden müssen?
Wir, die ewigen Freunde, Partner...Feinde
Auf Kurs gen plötzlicher Kollision
oder ewiger Verbrüderung?
Die Tür geht auf
The tale of Arkadia goes back to the ancient mythology of the Hellenes.
As the place of a golden age it was meant to offer people a life in idyllic nature apart from societal pressure and tedious work. Summarizing the influence western culture exercised on human beings during the last couple hundreds of years humanity could not have gotten any further from this state of embeddedness into nature and its possible benefits.
At the beginning of the 21. century the culturally induced dichotomy of humans and
nature led us to a historic turning point where two contrasting societal developments get visible.
One is based on the idea of reflecting on the defectiveness this greed-driven process has on our collective wellbeing and emphasizes on the reestablishment of our sensitiveness towards concepts of nature and sustainability.
The other one seems to be tending towards a continuing technologically driven
alienation of humans and nature by creating digital parallel universes.
In 2016 it is hard to tell where our relationship with nature will end up.
The only thing that seems to be obvious is that in times of anthropocene the
awareness of holistic interrelations between humans and nature has to replace any dichotomous thinking.
As humanity can not entirely turn back the clock of industrialisation the concept of a fertile hybridisation of technology and nature is likely to be what our future will be based on.
In this body of work i want to visualize the current status quo located inbetween traditional romanticizing and the perspective of an ongoing amalgamation of humans, technology and nature.
Big City Life sometimes gives me the feeling of losing my connection to nature or what our romantic imagination of it might be. As it happened, looking out of my window into the rather bleak courtyard of my apartment made me feel trapped in concrete.
On a global scale, the ongoing urbanization makes it more and more normal for human beings to spend their lives in multistory– or high-rise buildings surrounded by countless others. Of course public park resources and trips to the countryside can help the urban citizen to stay in touch with the environment — but what does one see visiting rural areas or just staring out of train windows on the way from one to the next big city? A surrounding almost entirely formed by human beings. In fact, in countries like Germany, it is hardly possible to find spots that could be described as “natural” and untouched by human hands.
Following my point of view the contradictions between human-made structures and natural forma- tions base on an outdated thinking, of which our generation might be the last one to follow it.
Our imagination of pure nature is a medial product, combining impressions from the fairy tales our parents used to read for us, and touristic advertisement campaigns.
With a few rare exceptions to consider, todays nature is what we made of it — a hybrid construction of concrete and trees, water and streets
photography usually is used to give an exact image of what you see. With this series i want to try out a different photographic approach. The images represent “the essence of memory”. If you think back to places you have been to, you wont be able to remember every detail. Things change in your mind, small details take a new form. Somehow a new place emerges which is unique in everyones individual memory.
PROJEKT U-BAHNTÜREN (2013-)