Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel
30 August – 11 November 2018
The “Eco-Visionaries” exhibition looks at the Anthropocene and the associated challenges from the perspectives of art, new media, and ecology.
Climate change and scarcity of resources and food are only some of the current problems, which are not only limited to the ecological sector, but also have considerable effects on society, politics, and everyday life. Artists are responding to these challenges of the Anthropocene age in a creative and individual way, and are using new media and technologies to draw attention to ecological problems and present possible solutions. Art is able to evoke viewers’ emotions and to bring more complex facts closer to them. The exhibition is intended to encourage visitors to become proactive themselves and to change their own behaviour in the long term. After all, in the Anthropocene, humans are an important factor, influencing geological, biological, and atmospheric processes and bear a large part of the responsibility for shaping the environment of the future. Methods in technical scientific research, media, and technological approaches are presented which have an influence on perception and awareness of the environment. Amongst others, there will be works by Ursula Biemann, a Swiss video artist, Wanuri Kahiu, a Kenyan director, and the Fieldstations organisation from Germany whose premise is to deepen research and knowledge in the field of the Anthropocene.