Project Ecoscope in Kaliningrad


Now&After project Ecoscope will be presented at National Center for Contemporary Art’s Baltic Branch in Kaliningrad June 21 – September 8 2019.

Opening 21.06 at 7 pm
Address: Moskovsky Prospekt, 29

Media Art Centre Now&After
National Center for Contemporary Art

Curated by Marina Fomenko

Artists: Gianluca Abbate, Panorama/ Anna-Karin Brus, Jungle, Part II / Natasha Dahnberg, Herbarium / Marina Fomenko, Lotus&Viola / Lucie Libotte, Dust Matter 1 / Alexandra Mitlyanskaya, Babylon 2 / Lisi Prada, ELECTRonIC WATER

The growth of big cities, accumulation of dust, human intervention in plants’ and animals’ existence, maintenance of ecological balance – ecology topic in the works of artists sounds like a warning.

Ecoscope is the observation “instrument” for ecological processes, combining the camera and the artist’s eye (from eco/ecology – science about interaction organisms and their groups between each other and with environment; scope – optical device, Greek σκοπέω – observing). We live in one whole ecosystem, but each artist customizes the “ecoscope” under his/her artistic optics, identifying both disease symptoms and health outcomes.
Self-sufficient nature’s life and anthropogenic impact on it, poetic reflection and environment pollution are in the focus of exhibition participants.

Anna-Karin Brus creates a sound world of forest dwellers. In the audiovisual work "Jungle, Part II», relying on the ability to identify herself with a variety of living creatures, the artist brings together a collage of nature sounds with onomatopoeic poetic video text, giving viewers the opportunity to create in imagination the pictures of animals whose voices they hear.

Alexandra Mitlyanskaya in the video "Babylon 2" shows life in captivity, or, according to the artist, "chicken women's high-security prison."

Natasha Dahnberg in her work "Herbarium" prosects a flower, clearly demonstrating how people in their quest to transform nature can irreparably destroy it.

Lisi Prada films waters around her home country, Spain: Atlantic Ocean, the Bay of Biscay and the Mediterranean Sea. Infused with electromagnetic waves and music, water remains a source of inspiration for artists and one of the main components of our lives ("ELECTRonIC WATER").

Marina Fomenko in the video "Lotus&Viola" refers to the subject of the maintenance of ecological balance and preservation of the unique ancient basins on the example of the 12th century water garden in Kyoto.

Gianluca Abbate invites the visitor to the polis, endlessly growing global city-state, which absorbed cities’ overpopulation, their garbage and the remains of wildlife ("Panorama").

Lucie Libotte sees thoroughly into the essence of the urban dust, classifies it by species and its habitats, revealing at the same time how unexpectedly beautiful the dust can be when gazing intently into it ("Dust Matter 1").

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