micro interactions // macro intra-actions

  • I have partially filled Plexiglas containers of a simple stereometric form with water and have sealed them. The intrusion of light warms the inside of the boxes. Since the inside temperature is always higher that the surrounding temperature, the water enclosed condenses: a delicate veil of drops begins to develop on the inside walls.
    At first they are so small that one can distinguish single drops from only a very close distance. The drops grow, hour by hour, small ones combine with larger ones. The speed of growth depends on the intensity and the angle of the intruding light. After a day, a dense cover of clearly defined drops has developed and they all reflect light. With continuing condensation, some drops reach such a size that their weight overcomes the forces of adhesion and they run down along the walls, leaving the trace. This trace starts to grow together again. Weeks after, manifold traces, running side by side, have developed. According to their respective age, they have drops of varying sizes. The process of condensation does not end.
    The box has a constantly but slowly changing appearance that never repeats itself. The conditions are comparable to a living organism that reacts in a flexible manner to its surroundings. The image of condensation cannot be precisely predicted. It is changing freely, bound only by statistical limits. I like this freedom.

    HANS HAACKE, 1965

  • Atelier Van Lieshout
    The Farm, 2011

    The New Tribal Labyrinth is an ongoing series of work in which recurring themes like the organization of labour, the structures of power and revolution are linked to the end of the worlds´ resources and subsequent self sufficiency. It suggests a new world order, a society inhabited by imaginary tribes. This world will see a return to farming and industry - which currently both have been banished from our society - and a re-establishment of our relationship with materials – which now has been lost. Rituals will be re-valued, and will play in important role in society once more. Thus, objects for farming, industry and rituals are the three main bodies of work of this huge ”Gesamtkunstwerk”.

  • Atelier Van Lieshout
    Insect Experimental, 2012

    The Insect Experimental gives us a preview of the future of farming, an installation for breeding insects for consumption purposes, which is at the same time utopian, pragmatic and exploitative.
    Mature insects will be held in the container at the top end of the Insect Breeder, the bottom of which is covered in wire mesh. When they lay eggs, these will fall down into the hatching tunnel. After the eggs have hatched into maggots, these will have to find their way to the container at the bottom end of the Insect Breeder, and then onwards to the harvesting unit, where only the strongest, most intelligent ones will arrive. The insects can be given extra incentives by using light, smell and colour. All of these can be adjusted by the farmer, allowing him to optimize the process and breed only the most superintelligent insects.
    A drying cabinet, Solar Dryer, is also part of the installation. Inside the Solar Dryer, insects and maggots can be conserved using different temperatures.

    Insect Breeder, 2012
    Solar Dryer, 2012

    Wood, hardware, can, rubber ball and oil paint
    18 by 11 by 8 in.  45.7 by 27.9 by 20.3 cm.

    Installation view: White Light Laid Frozen, Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark

    Fluorescent light, bicycle rack, plastic waste basket, plastic thermos, red light bulb and fixture with plastic pitcher shade, and other mixed media
    61 by 81 by 80 in.  162.6 by 205.7 by 203.2 cm.

  • Deborah Stratman & Steve Badgett

    “Ball and Horns” aka Desert Resonator and Range Trumpet

    2011 - ongoing 

    permanently installed at the Center for Land Use Interpretation’s Desert Research Station in Hinkley, CA 

  • http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2015/nov/02/indonesias-forest-fires-living-under-a-yellow-haze-in-pictures


    The problem has accelerated in recent years as more land has been cleared for expanding plantations for the lucrative palm oil trade.

    The burnt land also becomes drier, which makes it more likely to catch fire the next time there are slash-and-burn clearings.

    This year has seen one of the worst and most prolonged periods of haze, thanks to unusually dry weather in Indonesia caused by the El Nino climate phenomenon….

    The haze has reached such high levels in Palangkaraya in Kalimantan, which recently saw a PSI reading of 2,900, that it has turned the air yellow…

  • (1) An Indonesian woman rides a motorbike amid thick yellow haze in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan province

    (2) An Indonesian woman and a child walk on a bamboo bridge as thick yellow haze shrouds the city in Palangkaraya on October 22, 2015.

    (3) Indonesia’s haze crisis: The deadly pollution that keeps getting worse

    (4) An “apocalyptic” image of the haze caused by fires in Kalimantan, Indonesia. (Supplied: Tony Gilding)

    (5) Children enjoy playing without wearing any protection at the playground while the air is engulfed with thick haze from the forest fires at Sei Ahass village …

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    Heinrich Holtgreve, “The Internet as a Place” for ZEIT Magazine

  • Eva Grubinger and Werner Feiersinger, Two Friends, 2010, Rafting boats, stainless steel, concrete