Growth – Flowers

Portugal, Eckernförde, 2018, video-loops, HD

It is inevitable for human survival to utilize artificial resources. In nature, the race for survival usually ends deadly. Everywhere, where a living being is unable to run away fast enough by it’s own means, it will be eaten. Humanity managed to free itself artificially from this original state by fighting against it wilfully: By using superior weapons and technologies, shelters and all the other, nature-protruding, artificial conditions. But: how long may the meaning of “artificial” be considered as the good old “imitation of a natural model”? (Excerpt from: Die Zeit, „Die künstliche Natur“ (the artifical nature) by Nom de Net, 2011)

Robots instead of real animals, a video-fireplace instead of a real fire: Humans increasingly consider the technical reproduction of nature more real than nature itself, as American scientists recently detected. This could lead to the fact that humans loose the perception of real nature along the way, as scientists recently wrote in the scientific journal “Current Directions in Psychological Science“. Thus, humans would numb themselves to the increasing overexploitation of nature. Besides, artificial nature has a less relaxing effect on people who have knowledge of the real one.(Excerpt from: Wissenschaft aktuell, „Künstliche Natur lässt den Menschen zunehmend abstumpfen“ (Artificial nature increasingly numbs humans) by Doris Marszk, 2009)

The contrast between artificial nature versus real relaxation-space forms the base for the series of projections titled »Growth – Flowers«. Modern humans of the western world like to build virtual worlds, artificial nature, plants as decoration or simply an artificial quiet space, instead of viewing REAL nature, the dwindling one, threatened by climate change, as the base for their own piece and quiet.

The contrast between artificial nature versus real relaxation-space forms the base for the series of projections titled »Growth – Flowers«. Modern humans of the western world like to build virtual worlds, artificial nature, plants as decoration or simply an artificial quiet space, instead of viewing REAL nature, the dwindling one, threatened by climate change, as the base for their own piece and quiet.

Ceiling projection from the series Growth – Flowers, Künstlerhaus Otte, Eckernförde, 2018