(RE)INVENTING NATURE: NOT GOING BACK TO NATURE BUT FORWARD

In vitro meat, cloned animals and caregiver robots materialize while our raw materials become depleted and global warming occurs at a fast pace. How can we make sure that the earth will continue to be, also for our children and grandchildren, a beautiful and livable place? FOTODOKs new exhibition (Re)Inventing Nature challenges us to embrace technology.

 

The impact of man on Earth has gone beyond the impact of natural forces. It was suggested in 2016 to name the times we now live in the Antropocene, which means as much as ‘era shaped by human impact’. The concept of nature and technology as systems that exist as such is outdated. From the moment we started to use fire to cook our food, our technologies have influenced both our own and the earth’s development.

 

We urgently need a new vision that clarifies the relation between man, nature and technology. A vision not dominated by a negative, fearful and defensive attitude towards technology, but a vision that paints an optimistic future in which nature and technology go side by side and even strengthen each other. Now is the time to see technology not just as the cause of many of our problems, but also as the source of future, sustainable solutions. To come to that perspective, we need to reconsider our relationship with nature. Not back to nature, but forward with it.

 

It often falls to scientists, artists and philosophers to provide us with fresh perspectives, as we can see in our renewed interaction with nature and technology. The exhibition (Re)Inventing Nature presents optimistic views of a new relation with nature, ranging from underground to virtual. International photographers and image-makers challenge you to embrace technology. With work from, amongst others:

 
Diana Scherer is fascinated by our conflicting tendency to cherish, but also recklessly manipulate nature. In Harvest, exercises in rootsystem domestication, the natural network of a root system evolves underground into an artificial fabric.

 

Drew Nikonowicz takes us on a journey in This World and Others Like It through the endlessly available worlds of internet, film, video games and computer models. In search of the role that technology plays in our experience of the sublime.

 

Sjoerd Knibbelers’ objective the past years was to photograph invisible natural phenomena. Current Studies is a research, based on scientific data, on the imaging of wind. To achieve this, Knibbeler made use of everyday materials such as glass, wood, leaf blowers and smoke.

 

Reiner Riedler came into contact with the world of medical equipment through the premature birth of his child. Will, Life Saving Machines is a loving reflection on an increasing mechanical form of life. A future in which prostheses and implants will play an ever-growing role.

 

Curator Rob Wetzer is a member of the artistic team of FOTODOK since 2011. He is also active in his professional practice as conceptual documentary photographer. Nature and technology are returning subjects in his work; in The Bonsai Project he and colleague-photographer Sjoerd Knibbeler focus on the fascinating relation between ideals of nature and control. In Lost Worlds, he explores the virtual landscapes of video games. Wetzer is part of the generation of image-makers that move easily between different forms of image making, searching for new ways to reveal relevant stories.
 
Also in this exhibition:
Leo Erken & Frieda Gustavs (NL), Yves Gellie (FR), Stijn Elshuis (NL), Floris Kaayk (NL), Diana Scherer (NL), Daniel Stier (DE), Mark Tribe(VS) and Universal Assembly Unit (UK).
 

This exhibiton was developed in collaboration with curator Jenny Smets.

 
Entrance and admission fee:
Wednesdays until Sundays from 12:00 – 17:00
Entrance fee is 4, – Euro, students 3, – Euro and entrance for children till 12 years is free