‘Human Nature’ is a digital installation created as Artist in Residence for Elevate Festival 2019. Exhibited in the caves of Schlossberg, Graz, Austria 27.02–03.03.19.
The installation observes an artefact created by an AI as a relic of the human race ~ Reflecting on truth, value and error through the gaze of artifice and rationality, and the space this opens for autonomous expression ~ While questioning the role of the artefact as evidence, and to what end distortion is a defining characteristic of historical narratives.
[Documentation video by Elevate]
Installation concept and animation by Jeremy Carne (UK/DE).
Sound design & vocals by Androula Kafa (CY).
‘Human Nature’ refers to both our sociological, psychological characteristics, and the manufactured landscape of the Anthropocene. I’m intrigued by the parallels between these micro and macro dimensions; the individual, collective, planetary and universal consciousness.
An objective perspective uncovers aspects of our ‘reality’ that are otherwise obscured. For example, the cargo shipping industry is a monumental but invisible component of the global economy. Carrying 90% of world trading, it’s magnitude is unfathomable, as is the environmental impact.
Our civilisations owe a significant gratitude to the oceans, in the development and maintenance of global trade operations. An incredibly fragile balance of the ecosystem which makes life possible and habitable is maintained in proportion; 71% of the Earth’s surface is ocean, containing 97% of all water.
Obsessed by the solid, mouldable; material – flowing, mutable and immaterial natures of existence are often overlooked. The unconscious, shadow side of our psyche correlates with the invisible shadow of our planet, the sea. In a polarity these are considered attributes of the feminine; suppressed force of the divine.
The Goddess has long been associated with nature, the endless processes of birth, death, and rebirth, with the instinctual, feeling life of the body, as well as an inherent wisdom and pristine intelligence expressed through the needs and impulses which drive us. Through centuries of patriarchal rule, this natural life and wisdom have been denied, but in our attempts to deny and control, the outrage of the repressed feminine is experienced as chaos, the dark hell-womb of the unconscious.” Linda Hartley
[Images commissioned throughout Elevate Festival magazine including double cover and interview]
‘Human Nature’ is part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the EU.
Elevate is an annual interdisciplinary festival held in various central venues around Graz, Austria. With its unique combination of critical political discourse and contemporary music and art, guests include human rights experts, climate researchers and activists from all over the world.