Walk the Talk #2: Nature vs. Culture: Sisyphus, Loss of Control, and Utopias in the Anthroprocene
April 26, 2016, 6:30 pm
Walk the Talk #2:
Nature vs. Culture: Sisyphus, Loss of Control, and Utopias in the Anthroprocene
Dr. Alexander Damianisch (Head Support Art and Research, University of Applied Arts Vienna)
Prof. Dr. Reingard Grabherr (Virologist, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna)
An interactive, interdisciplinary programme with experts from cultural and natural sciences accompanies the exhibition THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF BEING in the form of dialogical tours under the title Walk the Talk. In a moderated discussion two scientists from different fields exchange ideas on selected works and themes with the audience.
Moderated by Alexander Martos (Science Communications Research, Vienna).
Event in the framework of:
The Impossibility of Being
Exhibition: March 17 – April 30, 2016
Diana Artus, Julius von Bismarck, Anina Brisolla, Sophia Domagala, Brad Downey,
Andreas Greiner & Armin Keplinger, Sven Johne, Tillman Kaiser, Caroline Kryzecki, Janina Lange, and Via Lewandowsky
Curated by the current – Hannah Beck-Mannagetta & Lena Fließbach
In the face of the current political situation and the ever more obvious consequences of environmental changes, an anthropocentric worldview can be put into question. In its transience and apparent imperfection, the supposed supremacy of mankind manifests as a fatal delusion. In various – often tragicomic – ways the artists of the exhibition deal with the futility of human action, the failure of perfection, and the demarcation and permanent pursuit of optimisation. Here, the fragility of the relationship between nature and culture, the limitations of material and technological progress, and an ineffective interpersonal communication as an individual as well as a socio-political phenomenon become visible in their works. In the end, however, it also becomes apparent that accidents, mistakes, and failure are a necessity in order to be creative in the first place.
An interdisciplinary programme with experts from cultural and natural sciences accompanies the exhibition in the form of dialogical guided tours and a film screening with a subsequent artists talk. Furthermore, Caroline Kryzecki and Brad Downey will present also site-specific works.