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listen to the echoes of the void

exploring the geological and spiritual richness
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a transdiciplinary art project

Over two years this project will investigate the geological, cultural, spiritual, environmental and political meaning of the wastelands in the world, convinced, that the territories and environmental issues are intrinsically connected with culture in terms of understanding “the other” and that the ongoing creation of new forms of expressions helps us to increase awareness. Different levels of topographical transformation will be considered, including desertification by industrialization and globalization. During this collaborative project, multimedia art works will be produced by co-operating with researchers of science and humanities. The outcome will be, along with the art works, a production of special digital and paper publications with scientific, literary and theoretical essays as well as artistic contributions.

The most of the time we imagine the desert as a waste land, a harsh and hostile ambient in which every life struggles to survive. Moreover, we came to know that more and more people are suffering of the desertification as a result of the modern western life, not to speak about the herewith included destruction of the ecosystem. But we know also that there is a fascination about deserts and since ancient times people are traveling and living in deserts with complex cultural traditions.

What is the fascination of waste lands about? What is the deep meaning of these waste places? Why it comes that we are searching the inner-be by retreating in the apparent emptiness? How do ancient populations of wastelands live and does it have any meaning for us? Is there any proposition possible envisaging the desertification?

In a long term project of four years will be investigated and interpreted the different layers of wastelands in its geological, biological, environmental, cultural, social, spiritual, political and historical dimension and meaning. Therefore, was chosen to concentrate on the eighteen world largest deserts (more the most ancient and the smaller one) which are in almost every continent with the two biggest, Arctic and Antarctic also most important as they paradoxically are our water reservoir, now threaten by our globalized modernity. In between the poles we find the Kalahari, Sahara and the Gobi, to name the famous of the big eighteen. With deserts – the existing and the one as result of industrialization – we can grasp how environmental matters are intrinsically connected to culture in terms of understanding the other and to create continuously new combinations of forms of expressions and thus constantly increasing consciousness.

Visibility and documentation of the project

Artistic Production
It is planned to work on installations, photography, site specific and collaborative operations. The artistic production and/or its documentation will be showcased in various venues.

Scientific Production
Scientists and researcher will contribute essays about the above mentioned levels and aspects of the desert and desertification.

The project will be presented next to exhibition venues and events in diverse publications. Beneath are listed the expected and already confirmed presentations and productions.

Exhibition:

  • Final presentation of the project and it art works in the Principality of Monaco
  • Diverse exhibitions during the project in different venues in Europe and United States

Visibility and documentation

  • The project will be documented in pictures, video and in written format
  • artistic and scientific productions will be presented in publications and exhibition catalogues
  • project presentation in form of lectures and during conferences in the academic realm
  • presentation in public venues
  • presentation in online and hardware media
  • online visibility with own website and in social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • digital newsletter distributed to a large number of subscribers