"Earthbound – In Dialogue with Nature" presents works by internationally renowned artists that reflect on and draw attention to urgent environmental issues with an emphasis on the complex relationship between human activity and the ecosystem. The exhibition proposes solutions and alternative models for a more sustainable coexistence with our environment.
The exhibition spotlights Artists that implement media, technologies and technoscientific methods in their works. Through a creative use of digital media and new technologies – artificial intelligence, virtual reality, interactive and immersive installations, multimedia sculptures and video installations - the audience is invited to engage in critical dialogue, challenging the narrative which positions humankind at the heart of creation. We are encouraged to surrender egocentric perspectives we have towards the planet and rediscover our relationship with nature.
Several exhibited works navigate an interdisciplinary approach, exploring collaborations between artists and scientists from a variety of scientific fields like geology, meteorology and oceanography. The exhibiting artists do not position technology as a guarantee for a «better» future, with the assumption that a purely technology solution can save the planet. Instead, they employ technology as a tool for enlightening the otherwise invisible ecological processes and thereby aim to contribute to a healthier coexistence with our environment. Hence the title of the exhibition: Earthbound. We only have one Earth and urgently need to find paths to a more balanced coexistence – escaping to other planets is not an option.
The exhibition was created upon invitation from Esch2022 – European Capital of Culture, located in the south of Luxembourg. It is housed within the Möllerei, the premises of the former raw materials warehouse in Esch Belval, where it is on display from June 5th till August 14th 2022. An expanded version of the exhibition will be shown in Basel, presenting several new perspectives: shown for the first time are recent works by James Bridle and Robertina Sebjanič as well as new productions by Ursula Endlicher. As part of the exhibition, HEK is also presenting the interdisciplinary design research project «MITWELTEN. Medienökologische Infrastrukturen für Biodiversität» by the Academy or Art and Design FHNW.
The exhibition at HEK is generously supported by the Ernst & Olga Gubler-Hablützel-Stiftung, the Corymbo Foundation, RAPP AG, the Fondation Didier et Martine Primat, the Fondation Odonata and the Sulger Foundation.