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'We may think of land as fixed but it is constantly shifting: below us through erosion, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes; swirling above us as dust clouds.'

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Top: Adrian Villar Rojas creates site-specific installations using both organic and inorganic materials that undergo change over time. Tied to their exhibiting context, they generate irreproducible experiences relying on a “parasite-host” relation. His team-based projects that extend over open-ended periods allow him to question the aftermath of the normalised production of art in the Capitalocene era. Photo: Randhir Singh.

 

Above: Working across sculpture, installation, painting, photography, and performance, Raphael Hefti explores how humans transform materials in the everyday urban landscape by pushing and testing material limits, while removing these materials from utilitarian obligations. He often works with teams of industry technicians to modify and misapply routine procedures and construction methods to open up new possibilities and unexpected beauty through guided accidents that he documents in his work. Photos above and at bottom of this page: Randhir Singh.

 

 

Jonathas de Andrade, 2010.

Animação em super8 digitalizado, 12 minutos

Um grande terremoto atua sobre a Cordilheira dos Andes, destacando o Chile inteiro do continente sudamericano. Como conseqüência, é devolvido o mar à Bolívia, a Argentina ganha costa dupla para os oceanos atlântico e pacífico, e o Chile se transforma em uma ilha flotante sobre oceanos afora.

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‘There is a strange sympathy between the atmospheric particles that float through the sky and the human beings who migrate across the ground and then across the sea. Each body sets the other into motion – a pattern of movement and countermovement.’

 

- Adrian Lahoud, Climates: Architecture and the Planetary, 2016

 

Elena Damiani has created a collage of watercolour renditions of storming dust particles in the atmosphere as captured by NASA. Several hundred million tonnes of dust unsettle and travel through the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans from deserts to the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. We imagine land to be static, but deforestation, desertification, and climate- change-related storms distribute dust across vast distances in our planet’s atmosphere. The handmade Nepalese paper beneath the layers of paint making up this work is a surface that could be read as stone tiles, an aerial view of a desert, or even a microscopic view of human skin. Image: Artist's instagram

 

 

 

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