Compared to the timeline of the Earth, human life spans are but a speck of dust, yet as a species, we are leaving irreversible traces in the landscape, that will still be noticeable long after we are all gone. The losses of habitats and primal nature are usually justified by the resources we need (minerals, wood) and therefore seen as development at the expense of nature. Whether there is a chance for sustainability depends on shifting the anthropocentric worldview and placing us not above but as a part of the whole – as we are – yet strangely – we have somehow evolved to forget this.
Inspired by the book of Arthur Koestler – The Ghost in the Machine. The work attempts to explain humanity’s self-destructive tendency in terms of individual and collective functioning. Especially by the concept of a h o l o n (holos, ‘whole’ and -ον, -on, ‘part’). The term holon refers to the idea that something is simultaneously a whole in and of itself and a part of a larger whole (for instance, trees and seeds are a perfect example of a holon).
collaboration: Gabriela Prochazka & Michal Blecha sound: Elephant by Loke Rahbek & Frederik Valentin graphic design: Marijn Degenaar production: Václav Kovář many thanks for consultation: Martin Janoušek
Laser intervention at the Počerady coal-fired power plant, the largest polluter and producer of greenhouse gases in the Czech Republic. It emits 5.5 million tons of CO2 and 223 kg of Mercury into the surrounding landscape every year, yet is only able to make use of 1/3 of the energy it produces.
“We act locally, but our activity is global. Similar artistic interventions are taking place around the world. We don’t have a second planet. Humankind must unite to save it. We are not activists, we are nature protecting itself.”
Inspired by global activist movements, post-internet culture, and claims, the projections on cooling towers included messages including, “Shit is fucked up and bullshit,‘‘ “#nofilter,” “I can’t believe I still have to protest this shit,” “We’re losing time,” as well as information on the toxic waste it produces, and, of course, classical ‘‘Stop coal.”
Made by Czech light artist collective to support local and global climate movement.
photo prints, 420 x 594 / 297 x 420
Galerie Cella, Bludny Kamen, Opava, CZ, 2018
This photographic collection explores the light bending phenomenon and it’s correlation between science and art. Visual dynamic structures suggest that light is a potent medium, able to create ephemeral scenes reminiscent of abstract art movements. When darkness is a canvas, and light is a paint.
The concept of each composition was cautiously built from prismatic materials around a source of a light and projected on a flat surface.
Images were photographed as they appeared to the naked eye.