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

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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/

Insight No. 65: “FUTURISTIC PAST merged into the environment” – Architecture by Kengo Kuma (Japan)

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Coeda House 
V&A Dundee Design Museum / Scotland
Pigment Shop

I am deeply in love with Kengo Kuma`s breath-taking work. My heart is heavy because I will never ever afford to hire his studio to build my house. Studying traditional Japanese martial arts (also abroad), I know a little bit about the Japanese history, culture and philosophy, which I highly appreciate.

I am Northern by nature. Thus, I feel comfortable with merging Scandinavian and Japanese design languages that are very close to each other in my view. Think of the preference of high-quality, sustainability, natural materials, clean minimalism and purity….trying to reinterpret traditions and to upgrade them with innovations & inventions.  

May I introduce KENGO KUMA and his amazing art work to you?

Kengo Kuma (隈 研吾 Kuma Kengo, born 1954 in Yokohama) is a Japanese architect, product designer, artist and professor in the Department of Architecture (Graduate School of Engineering) at the University of Tokyo (Hongo). Kuma is also noted for his prolific writings. 

After spending a couple of years abroad, he founded the “Spatial Design Studio” in 1987, and in 1990, he established his own office “Kengo Kuma & Associates”. 
As a professor at the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Tokyo, he runs diverse research projects concerning architecture, urbanity and design within his own Laboratory, Kuma Lab. His office Kengo Kuma & Associates employs over 150 architects in Tokyo and Paris, designing projects of diverse type and scale throughout the world.

Kuma’s most ambitious project at the moment is undeniably the Tokyo 2020 National Olympic Stadium, a 68,000-seat wooden lattice structure that is still under construction. Kuma and Associates’ scheme was selected after the original winning design — by British-Iraqi Zaha Hadid (who unexpectedly died in 2016)– was abandoned due to budgetary concerns – and due to criticsm for not selecting a local architect.

Kuma’s stated goal is to recover the tradition of Japanese buildings and to reinterpret these traditions for the 21st century.

Without being an architecture expert or Japanese studies graduate, I have tried to summarize the major aspects of Kengo Kuma`s philosophy, as I perceive and understand his wonderful work. Voilà…. 

  • Buildings as sculptures of light and shadow
  • Merging buildings into the enviroment instead of dominating them
  • Incorporation of the (weather, seasonal or development-related) changing nature into buildings (embracing change and interchange)
  • Open and flexible spaces summarized by the roof only
  • Organic shapes in the context, culture and tradition of its surroundings
  • Use of natural, sustainable organic materials that are locally produced
  • Innovative techniques to better use traditional materials like wood, stone and rice paper
  • Zen inspired reduction & minimalism to enable focus on the essentials of the Here & Now
  • Offering physical comfort but also mental comfort
  • Striving for harmony with the inner and outer world
  • Architecture as an attempt to connect the past with the future
  • Buildings that are offering different perspectives to levitate your mind & spirit
  • Integration of technology (e.g. solar panels) not only as mere technical feature but also as integrated design elements
  • Requirement of eco-friendliness and longevity of architecture that shall outlast generations.

I guess, Kuma`s architecture addresses my hidden desires perfectly. This might be the reason why I am so much fascinated and touched by his philosophy and poetry-like design.

Beautiful Creatures No. 35: Icelandic Horses

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Bildergebnis für Iceland pony
Islandic Horses – A National Treasure
Once a horse has left the island, it is not allowed to return anymore. to protect the domestic horse population.
Bildergebnis für Iceland pony
Bad hair day? Never heard of it.

Iceland Ponies…Time for a Declaration of Love.

They are real buddies and free spirits, who astonishingly seek and seem to enjoy the company of humans.

Loyal, friendly, affectionate, curious, smart, extraordinary relaxed and even-tempered, super-cute, strong personalities, cooperative and resilient….these are the characteristics which pop up immediately if people think of Islandic horses.

To put it in a nutshell – Islandic Horses are truely beautiful creatures!

Bildergebnis für Icelandic pony cuddling
Brin, A Sleeping Beauty
Only Islandic horses are capable to perform a 5th pace, called “TÖLT”. Due to the fact that always one foot is on ground, this pace results in a stable forward movement that is very comfortable for the Human.
Bildergebnis für Island ponies in winter
The Islandic Horses are living in herds in their natural habitat. During summertime they live independently in the uplands and in the wintertime in the valleys where they are additionally fed by their owners
Bildergebnis für Island ponies in winter
How are you, little one?
Bildergebnis für Icelandic horses at the black beach
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Bildergebnis für resting with icelandic horses
Resting with Sláni

Postcard No. 23: Greetings from Germany – Storm Floods at both German Coast Lines and Snow Chaos in the South.

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After an extremely hot summer and an autumn with record high temperatures ( up to 38-40 °C) and water suppy shortages (first time we have ever experienced this situation in Northern Germany), we have enjoyed an extraordinary warm winter with limited rainfall quantities and 10-14 °C instead of temperatures around 0°C.

Now, the weather situation has changed….

NORTHERN GERMANY

Storm front “Benjamin” at the North Sea Coast and high tide (+2m) in Hamburg. 90 – 160 km/h wind. Ferries to the islands are shut down. The fire fighters are busy to protect the coast by building barriers.

Storm front “Zeetje” causes high tide at the Baltic Sea coastline.

The storm fronts at the coast lines will reach their peaks in the forthcoming hours.

Bildergebnis für sturmflut nordsee heute
Hamburg – 5 hrs ago, the fishmarket is already flooded.
Bildergebnis für sturmflut nordsee heute
North Sea Coast
Bildergebnis für sturmflut nordsee heute
North Sea
Bildergebnis für Sturmflut 2019
Rostock at the Baltic Sea coast
Bildergebnis für Sturmflut 2019

SOUTHERN GERMANY

Closed schools, blocked roads, isolated hotels & valleys, cancelled flights and interrupted train connections, avalanche warning level 5 in Obertauern / Austria (the highest level, level 3 in Bavaria)…additional 1m new snow expected in the following days.

Bildergebnis für bayern schnee 2018
Bavaria, 1 hour ago
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And which one is mine?
Bildergebnis für bayern schnee 2018
Danger of Avalanches – High Risk Winter Wonderland
Bildergebnis für bayern schnee 2018
Bildergebnis für lawinen 2019
2 – 4 m snow (also bcs of the snow banks)

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019!

Creatures, humor, Nature, Psychologie, psychology

And not to forget: Thank you very much for your interest in my posts, your valuable comments and feedback.

Late but hopefully not too late….I wish all of you simply the best for 2019!

Winter Sleep
Please, do not disturb!
Currently, I am enjoying a brief time-out from blogging, as you may have already noticed.

I am still alive and quite busy…, just listen!

THE OUTLOOK 2019

Nevertheless, please find my outlook 2019 below.... 

I will be back soon…with insights, cartoons, poems, arts, recipes, beautiful creatures, postcards and technology reports – and which is most important including a dash of humor!

TO FEEL HAPPY IS A DECISION.

Therefore, let`s agree on having a lot of fun in 2019 – regardless of any adverse conditions! Okay?

Cheers,
Weiss-Nix