Echo of untouched matter – Atsushi Wada, Jason Fulford, Katrin Petroschkat, Ryan Thompson, Shimabuku, Ulrich Gebert
- 15.01.2016. - 20.03.2016 2016-01-15
In a highly visible way, humankind shapes, changes or influences virtually everything on the planet according to its very own ideas and agenda. Intelligence seems to be the measure of all things here and the pedestal, from which all life is viewed, defined and classified.
Promptly, we gave this new human era, the age of man’s civilized dominance a name: The Anthropocene – which rather sounds like a pain killer, that doesn’t really do the job after a wild party. What happened yesterday? Blackout. And yet there is a human desire for a higher entity, a more complex existence and a holistic or superior, “some?thing”, that resonates quietly but clearly. Curiosity and maybe some kind of remorse feeds our rationally enlightened, or spiritually coined interest in and connection with nature. In our attempts to explore other life forms we remain at a loss. This agonizing feeling might someday turn into liberation: Once we accept that practically everything non-human, that exists around us, the lion-share of the vast biological system, has greater evolutionary experience than us, prudence might grow as a new form of natural science.
Echo of untouched matter tells of the curious human urge to act, to know, and to create. It pursues ideas of friendly and humble co-existence. Two American, two Japanese and two Munich artists act with a curious, respectful, or puzzled view of our relationships with other and unfamiliar life forms.
Animated clips report about mysterious rituals between different wights, a documentary follows the aurochs that graze on a Bavarian island, a sound installation plays a mantra for the age of algae, and pedestals are built to support a cordial contact with sea dwellers.
Until springtime, Lothringer13 Halle aka retreat, acts as a paradisiac hub where funghi, algae, trees, rabbits, octopuses, sea horses and also chubby children or other intelligent dry-nosed monkeys connect.
PS: Fungus of the year 2016 is the purple-stem ruddrittling.