Tipp No. 100: “Anthropocene” – Amazing Landscape and Industrial Photography by Edward Burtynsky (Canada)

arts, Insights, Kunst, Movie, Nature

It was a tough decision to select examples of EDWARD BURTYNSKY`s brilliant series of landscape and industrial photography.

Well, I would like to introduce the ANTHROPOCENE PROJECT that includes a collection of remarkable photographic insights to you…

“[We] come from nature.…There is an importance to [having] a certain reverence for what nature is because we are connected to it… If we destroy nature, we destroy ourselves.”
– Edward Burtynsky

Phosphor Tailings Point #4
Near Lakeland, Florida / USA 2012

Saw Mills #1,
Lagos / Nigeria 2016
Imperial Valley #4
California, USA 2009
Lithium Mines #1
Salt Flats, Atacama Desert, Chile 2017
Clearcut #2
Palm Oil Plantation, Borneo / Malaysia 2016

THE AESTHETIC OF DESTRUCTION

To talk about “Terraforming” of the Earth by mining, urbanization, indus-trialization, industrialized agriculture, deforestation, etc. that is resulting in a reduction of biodiversity, climate changes, equalized biogeographies etc. is a minimization in my view. Let`s face the truth…it is bare destruction.

EDWARD BURTYNSKY is able to capture moments of heart-breaking beauty even within all this destruction. Sometimes it takes a second till you realize the entire scenario. I think, this smart twist contributes to the feeling of disturbance, his work is leaving.

FINE ARTS TO MAKE THE UNSEEN VISIBLE AND TO RISE AWARENESS

Watching his outstanding landscape photography involuntary leaves you with the impression that our planet is eaten alive — by us.

Deadly injured, covered with open wounds and scars, the Earth still provides us with all resopurces we need to further expand, dominate the creation and grow our population without any rhyme or reason.

Desparation, feeling helpless, and guilty… Let`s begin with changing ourself. I am sure that each one of us knows best where and how he is able to reduce his personal ecological footprint….Right?

BY THE WAY, WHAT IS THE “ANTHROPOCENE”?

Admittedly, I had to look it up….

The Anthropocene is a proposed epoch dating from the commencement of significant human impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems, including, but not limited to, anthropogenic climate change. Various different start dates for the Anthropocene have been proposed, ranging from the beginning of the Agricultural Revolution 12,000–15,000 years ago, to as recent as the Trinity test in 1945.
The most recent period of the Anthropocene has been referred to by several authors as the Great Acceleration during which the socioeconomic and earth system trends are increasing dramatically, especially after the Second World War. (wikipedia)

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Anthropocene – The Sinkhole in Guatemala City (image of the ETH Zurich)

ABOUT THE ANTHROPOCENE PROJECT

Another collaboration from Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky, and Jennifer Baichwal, The Anthropocene Project is a multimedia exploration of the complex and indelible human signature on the Earth.

Originally conceived as a photographic essay and the third in a trilogy of films including Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013), the project quickly evolved to include film installations, large-scale Burtynsky High-Resolution Murals enhanced by film extensions, 360° VR short films, and augmented reality installations.

Embracing and developing innovative techniques, the trio embarked on an epic journey around the world (to every continent save Antarctica) to capture the most spectacular evidence of human influence, while taking time to reflect on the deeper meaning of what these profound transformations signify. The result is a collection of experiences that will immerse viewers in the new world of the Anthropocene epoch, delivering a sense of scale, gravity, and impact that both encompasses and moves beyond the scope of conventional screens and prints.

The project includes:

  • a major travelling museum exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario and National Gallery of Canada before it will travel to Manifattura di Arti, Sperimentazione e Tecnologia (MAST) in Bologna in Spring 2019;
  • a new release of Edward Burtynsky photographs;
  • a feature documentary film;
  • immersive interactive experiences in augmented and virtual reality;
  • an art book published by Steidl;
  • and a comprehensive educational program.

theanthropocene.org

IN THE NEWS (09th Jan. 2019): ANTHROPOCENE won $100K Rogers Best Canadian Film Award – Congratulations!

ABOUT EDWARD BURTYNSKY

Edward Burtynsky (born February 22, 1955) is Canadian photographer and artist known for his large format photographs of industrial landscapes. His work is housed in more than 60 museums including the Guggenheim Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, the Tate Modern in London, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris and others.

Burtynsky received his BAA in Photography/ Media Studies from Ryerson University in 1982, and in 1985 founded Toronto Image Works, a darkroom rental facility, custom photo laboratory, digital imaging and new media computer-training centre catering to all levels of Toronto’s art community.

Early exposure to the sites and images of the General Motors plant (the workplace of his father) in his hometown helped to formulate the development of his photographic work. His imagery explores the collective impact we as a species are having on the surface of the planet; an inspection of the human systems we’ve imposed onto natural landscapes. 

Edward Burtynsky won several well-known prices & awards (e.g. Officer of The Order of Canada in 2006) and received several honorary doctorates.

Furthermore, he is an active lecturer on photographic art, who is welcome in various notable galleries, universities and libraries.

His images appear in numerous periodicals each year including Canadian Art, Art in America, The Smithsonian Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, Flash Art, Blind Spot, Art Forum, Saturday Night, National Geographic and the New York Times.

For further details, please feel free to visit his website that contains more galleries of awesome photos, an overview of his publications and EDWARD BURTYNSKY`s event calendar:

https://www.edwardburtynsky.com/

Poem No. 25: Song -“Solidarity” (Solidarität) by Bertolt Brecht (1898 – 1957)

Gedichte, Movie, Musik, poems, Uncategorized
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Lyrics:

Music by Hanns Eisler; Text by Bertolt Brecht

Peoples of the world, together
Join to serve the common cause!
So it feeds us all for ever
See to it that it’s now yours.

Forward, without forgetting
Where our strength can be seen now to be!
When starving or when eating
Forward, not forgetting
Our solidarity!

Black or white or brown or yellow
Leave your old disputes behind.
Once start talking with your fellow
Men, you’ll soon be of one mind.

Forward, without forgetting
Where our strength can be seen now to be!
When starving or when eating
Forward, not forgetting
Our solidarity!

If we want to make this certain
We’ll need you and your support.
It’s yourselves you’ll be deserting
if you rat your own sort.

Forward, without forgetting
Where our strength can be seen now to be!
When starving or when eating
Forward, not forgetting
Our solidarity!

All the gang of those who rule us
Hope our quarrels never stop
Helping them to split and fool us
So they can remain on top.

Forward, without forgetting
Where our strength can be seen now to be!
When starving or when eating
Forward, not forgetting
Our solidarity!

Workers of the world, uniting
Thats the way to lose your chains.
Mighty regiments now are fighting
That no tyrrany remains!

Forward, without forgetting
Till the concrete question is hurled
When starving or when eating:
Whose tomorrow is tomorrow?
And whose world is the world? 

For background information in English, please scroll down.


Solidaritätslied

Musik: Hanns Eisler Text: Bertolt Brecht

Vorwärts und nicht vergessen,
worin unsere Stärke besteht!
Beim Hungern und beim Essen, vorwärts nie vergessen:
die Solidarität!

Auf ihr Völker dieser Erde,
einigt euch in diesem Sinn,
daß sie jetzt die eure werde,
und die große Nährerin.

Refrain

Schwarzer, Weißer, Brauner, Gelber!
Endet ihre Schlächterei!
Reden erst die Völker selber,
werden sie schnell einig sein.

Refrain

Wollen wir es schnell erreichen,
brauchen wir noch dich und dich.
Wer im Stich läßt seinesgleichen,
läßt ja nur sich selbst im Stich.

Refrain

Unsre Herrn, wer sie auch seien,
sehen unsre Zwietracht gern,
denn solang sie uns entzweien,
bleiben sie doch unsre Herrn.

Refrain

Proletarier aller Länder,
einigt euch und ihr seid frei.
Eure großen Regimenter brechen jede Tyrannei!

Vorwärts und nicht vergessen und die Frage korrekt gestellt
beim Hungern und beim Essen: Wessen Morgen ist der Morgen?
Wessen Welt ist die Welt?

HINTERGRUND / BACKGROUND

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Poverty in tghe time of the Weimarer Republic

Das Solidaritätslied, geschrieben von Bertolt Brecht, vertont von Hanns Eisler, ist ein Arbeiterlied.

Das Lied ist zwischen 1929 und 1931, vor dem Hintergrund der Weltwirtschaftskrise (1929), dem vergangenen Weltkrieg (1914–1918) und der sozialen Frage für den Film Kuhle Wampe oder: Wem gehört die Welt? entstanden. 

Kuhle Wampe oder: Wem gehört die Welt? ist ein Filmwerk aus der Zeit der Weimarer Republik, das zum Genre des Proletarischen Films zählt. Es ist eine Mischung aus Spiel-, Dokumentar- und Propagandafilm, angereichert mit Elementen eines Musikfilms. Bertolt Brecht wirkte als Drehbuchautor mit.
Der Film ist unter massivem Zeitdruck, Geldmangel und politischer Repression entstanden. Zwei Szenen wurden sogar zensiert d.h. entfernt.

1. Annie`s illegale Abtreibung, die von Ihren Arbeiter-Sportfreunden bezahlt wurde, die für Annie Geld gesammelt hatten. 

2. Der Aufruf zur Wohnungsbesetzung bzw. zum kollektiven Widerstand gegen Wohnungsräumungen.

Im Jahr 1932 wurde die erste Textversion des Liedes unter Mitwirkung zahlreicher Arbeiterchöre und -sportler uraufgeführt. Rasch verbreitete es sich in den letzten Monaten der Weimarer Republik besonders bei Sportveranstaltungen weiter. Der Urtext beginnt mit den Zeilen: „Kommt heraus aus eurem Loche, das man eine Wohnung nennt / Und nach einer grauen Woche folgt ein rotes Wochenend!“.

ENGLISH:

The solidarity song, which was written by Bertold Brecht and set to music by Hanns Eisler is a workers anthems.

The song was created between 1929 and 1931, against the background of the world economy crisis (1929), following World War I (1914–1918) and the social question of the movie “Kuhle Wampe oder: Wem gehört die Welt?” (Kuhle Wampe or: Who owns the world?)

The movie was produced dutring the period of the Weimarer Republic and belongs to the category: Workers Movies. It is a mix of entertainment, documentary and propaganda movie, enriched by musical elements. Brecht participated in this project as scriptwriter. The movie makers had to face a shortage of money, time- and political pressure. 

Two scenes of the movie were even censored (deleted) by the authorties. 1. Annie`s illegal child abortion paid by her sport friends who gathered money to support Annie. 2. The call for collective resistence against eviction respectrively the call for occupying urgently needed low-cost appartments. 

The Weimarer Republic (characterized by a splitted landscape of political parties, democracy criticism, shift to right-wing parties, growing nationalism, radicalism & militarism etc.) and world economy crisis (poverty, mass unemployment, no welfare, no health care, no favorable housing, hurt / humiliation due to loss of WWI and unfair peace arrangements including  huge amounts of reparations to be paid to the winners of WWI etc.) finally resultet in a call for a strong “leader”…who finally came from Austria: Adolf Hitler.

Bildergebnis für weimarer republik wohnen und haushalt

On the signs:

  1. Down with the Blood Dictatorship – The Spartacus Union
  2. Workers be unified.
  3. Against tyranny and anarchy
  4. We fight against each putsch – from the left- and right wing parties
  5. Women and girls use your right for voting on 19th January
  6. For the National Convention…

Tipp No. 18: EARTH IS THE CURE – Meditation

arts, Film, Kunst, Movie, Psychologie, psychology, Tipps, Zen

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Photo by the German photographer Laura Zalenga

 

The video is from the movie “Cure for Wellness” that provides a lot of Food for thoughts and which is powerfully Illustrated. The story is full of symbolism & psychological metaphers…The movie is highly recommended.

Haiku No. 20: The Peaceful Warrior (Der friedvolle Krieger)

arts, Film, Gedichte, Insights, Karate, Kunst, Movie, poems, Psychologie, psychology, Sports, Zen

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okay, it`s no true Haiku…Maybe I should create another category soon.

Where are you? HERE.

What time is it? NOW

Who are you? THIS MOMENT.

 

Wo bist Du? Hier..

Welche Zeit ist es? Jetzt.

Wer bist Du? Dieser Moment.

 

Sound of Music No. 8: Aretha is NOT dead…and never will be! (Aretha ist NICHT tot…und wird es niemals sein!)

Film, humor, Movie, Musik

RESPECT…!!!

(Link to the Video, pls. see at the end of the Blog-entry)

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Go for it, Baby! We are all proud of you!