Human beings, nature, money, data, goods ..., all around us, nearby or very far away, everything is continuously in flux. The artists in this exhibition do not position themselves in the focal points of current events. They move quietly and unravel the deeper nature of mankind as a species in constant motion.
Navigating Polarities, measures the blind spots of anthropocentric perspectives alongside – in underwater filmmaker Jean Painlevé’s words – “the mysteries and miracles of nature”. Exploring perception and world views through the lens of diverse fields of thought, the artist asks: How can shifting between the macroscopic and the microscopic help us to imagine complex systems that are otherwise hard to grasp?
The works in this group exhibition will create an awareness of how different elements are entangled in a network of relations. The complexity and relational nature in the works offer a change of perspective of the world and our place in it.
Post-Water is part of a global debate on a theme of water, the most essential natural element that generates and guarantees the maintenance of life, only one of the goods that suffer from the acute crisis of the sense of responsibility of our time.
The sculptural installation Liquid Properties, realised in collaboration with Toril Johannessen, is currently on view as part of the group exhibition Time Within Time at Verbeke Foundation, a private art site where culture, nature and ecology go hand in hand. Liquid Properties is an experiment that looks at how we relate to (microscopic) life, questioning what is considered attractive, natural, resilient, repulsive, toxic or harmful.
Our times are characterised by pragmatism, rationality and economy. Often, especially in epochs of this kind, people's desire for magic and magic, for unfathomable powers, is awakened. As alternative models to strictly scientific facts, incomprehensible phenomena are also of great interest to artists. The exhibition demonstrates how artists deal with miraculous phenomena and the human desire for magic.