Reminiscence of Anthropocene
curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne
Susanne Wiegner (Germany) – Sunrise, 2019, 5: 46
Elke H. Markopoulos / Rainer Ludwigs (Germany) – Message of the Animals, 2016, 8:57
Laura & Sira Cabrera (Spain) – Indicios / Inkling, 2017, 6’59”
Arie Sigal & Ben-David Sigal (Israel) – Perlite, 2018, 4:17
Gali Blay (Israel) – Panicutopia-the Desertark, 2017, 4:00
Renata Padovan (Brazil) – Aral Mermaid, 2015, 4:12
Coalfather Industries (USA) – User History, 2016, 6:02
Amelie Klitgaard (Denmark) – Captured, 2020, 3:13
Carolin Koss (Finland) – Plastic Child, 2016, 12:11
Marcha Schagen (NL) – Melt Less CO2, 2019, 3:48
About the program
Reminiscence of Anthropocene – is the most recent collaborative project between Agricola de Cologne and ADAF – Athens Digital Arts Festival, the composition of 10 videos (audio-visual works) forming the basis for a viewer’s reflection, generating a particular image of something many people are identifying themselves with according to individual experiences. These experiences are independent from location or nationality, insofar, as a part of the whole, the artists nationality Germany, Spain, USA, Israel, Brazil Denmark, Finland stand for the diversity of individual experiences leading to the individual artistic expression.
The reminiscence of the Anthropocene is allowing a kind of pessimistic view on the human nature and its influence, domination and manipulation of the natural environment and the social context with other human individuals, wildlife and flora, the social responsibility of the
individual for the individual and the Whole. Often artists do not only describe a kind of status quo, but give even creative perspectives to the post-Anthropocene era, whatever it may be.
Differently than other ideological models, in the given case, the post-Anthropocene is not leading to a fusion of the human and the machine, but is rather recalling “ancient” human values like indigenous people – however, threatened with extinct by human greed – are still practicing them, based on mutual social responsibility and solidarity. That this is not a mere illusion is showing the radically changed people’s behaviour during the Corona crisis, but as soon as they do not feel longer endangered, they immediately forget the values they propagated short time before. So, Corona wasn’t the worst case yet, to make most people really rethink, and the real end of Anthropocene might come sometimes rather sooner than later by a another global disaster.