5-minutes-sculptures (working title)

5-minutes-sculptures (working title)

This body of work deals with my very personal response to the topic of the Anthropocene with a focus on the global conflict of pollution and waste. Since I was a child I’ve always been obsessed with us producing waste of any kind, the problem of its disposal and our society’s impact on the environment. When I started my research about the ecological
era Anthropocene I quickly found myself being overwhelmed, angry and speechless at the same time, confronted with this massive issue so difficult to grasp and understand.
Timothy Morton, an American philosopher exploring the intersection of object-oriented thought and ecological studies (‘Ecology without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics’, 2007; ‘Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World’, 2013), calls phenomena like climate warming, black holes or radioactive plutonium hyperobjects. He uses the term to explain objects so massively distributed in time and space as to transcend localization, as such gigantic entities, that the risk of abstraction, distance and denial is extremely high.
My personal artistic approach and reaction towards this feeling of awkwardness and numbness when dealing with pollution of our ecosystem (atmosphere, land and ocean) is to collect garbage and other found materials in order to create new objects and sculptures to give the unspeakable, invisible and vast matter a space, form and voice. Within ‘5-minutes-sculptures’ (working title) I use trash (dumped and left in nature, found at the coastline washed ashore, etc.) to make spontaneous on-site installations, made within the limited timeframe of five minutes, only existing and lasting temporary. The photograph taken is an evidence, documenting a short moment of balance and fragility.

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