Art & Biology

Wait until tomorrow

− There are many examples for technical stabilisation systems using the honeycomb structure or swarm behaviour used for systems in informatics. Ingenieurs researche in the field of biology, and transform their studies into an other field.

You can also look at different artists, coming out of other fields, as Carsten Höller, who worked as an phytopathologist before he became an artist, or Matthew Barney, studying medicine before. In their work you can sense some influences of their former fields. In all these cases it is biology, which is considered.
But what makes biology so interesting, is it the closeness to
our life ? Is it because everything taken out of this field is alive in its origin and is altered to an in-animated object ? And thereby −
in the broadest sense − connected to thoughts of immortality ?
Or also possible the other way around, the attempt to give the idea of life to something what is not living ?
In 19th century art history the English artist William Morris tried to bring nature back in the artificial environment. He reacted with his work of wallpapers and gardens on the industrial movement and the therewith connected urbanisation. Since all times nature is said to affect well-being in an affirmative way. Taking this Idea up, I want to regenerate nature in urban space. A space were people can enjoy the features of nature. A calm space, like a calm island in the hasty flowing city traffic, affording the opportunity to rest for a moment. A space were people can relax and recreate for a moment. In other words − a resting point. But where could such an area be created ? In general, stopping points are transit areas like airports or train stations and are enforcedly used. People don't want to stay long, time of waiting is seen as useless. But could a transit area be alerted into a resting place? So that people are going there to relax ?

Source of my work are video sequences of trees, moving their leaves in the wind. The footage is abstracted and new ordered to patterns by reflection. Nature is alienated. Floral patterns are generated. They seem to have a rhythm in their movement. Those abundant ornaments with their sensual colours remind of paradisiacal gardens. New space is created. Space between calmness and motion, between nature and structure.

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