The Anthropecentrism

Final 4th Year Assessment, Uncategorized

Today you can see the power of humans everywhere, technology, farming, birth giving, the use of animals for recreational means, use of military to control nature, etc.

Humans control every field that you can think of, but is it actually the right way of living on Earth, is it ethical of what we do to other animals, do we have the right to do it, are we Gods? I want to explore the ultimate ways that humans are controlling nature, farming becomes one the major issues within Ethics. Every single egg, bottle of milk you get from the store down the road, are produced and manufactured on ‘farms’. If every person would visit farms,  we would probably abandon the use of dairy , and meat. Today farming becomes more about the quantity of production rather than the ways of keeping animals in good and ethical ways. I believe this comes from the rapidly increasing numbers of population and the demand for more and more.

Poultry farming just in the UK consists of 875 million chickens, 17 million turkeys, 16 million ducks per year. Furthermore, the consumption of eggs within the UK is around 12,320 million eggs (+4%) per year. These numbers are huge, as the population within the uk is only 65,111,143. Does humanity really needs so much meet to survive, or we prefer the desire of food to overtake the ethicality of production and consumption?

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Have u ever wondered what a beautiful and complicated the process of egg forming in the chicken is. Or how the eggs itself can sustain and grow the chick till it hatches. It takes about 24 hours for an to be developed inside of the chicken with the life in it, and then humans can boil it in just 15 and eat in 2 min.

By recent experiments, people were buying eggs in supermarkets, and generally one in 30 would hatch, or a few, but the companies were denying that there was  a possibility for the eggs being fertilized. But knowing this, it becomes a question of ethics, can you eat something that could have developed into the full size chicken, which could walk, mate etc. Is it ethical for humans to eat embryos of other animals?

Taking these ideas further I want develop art installations that would question these ideas.

 

Internship at the Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading

Autumn Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year, Professional Experience

During summer I had an opportunity to undertake an internship at The Rising Sun Arts Centre in Reading. During This time I have helped with The Move Up Project, within which I was working with people with learning disabilities on various projects. Few of which were the Art and Creative making (painting, and sculpture making towards festival), Zap Magazine- helping them to create a magazine from scratch which would then be published during winter. Zap Comedy – becomes another incredible project within the centre – I have been helping with rehearsing a performance for the Here Comes The Sun festival, which was quite challenging, but very rewarding. We have also started planning Peter Pan for the winter show. The other project which runs within the centre is the Bookface, the art book fair, we have been working towards creating art books for the fair. I have also run a workshop on Paper Crane making, during which we have created a paper crane from 5m x 5m paper.

Here Comes The Sun, becomes an annual festival within the centre which brings our vibrant community together. I have been helping with the preparation for the festival, and during the festival, which was an amazing experience working on such huge event and with an amazing group of people. During the festival I have helped organizing children games and arts, supporting the Zap Comedy group, Photography and helping around the festival.

Move Up Project

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Zap Comedy

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Paper Crane Project

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Here Comes The Sun

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Photography

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‘0’ Zine

Autumn Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year, CV, Studio

I have decided to experiment with how I can share my art with the audience outside of the gallery space.

Furthermore, considering what happened in Italy in August (the earthquake) I wanted to experiment more with minimalistic painting in order to give the audience a choice of what they want to see. So here are the photographs of the Zine ‘0’. It will be exhibited in The Woodley Library, as part of the exhibition ‘Art in a Library’ from 1st of Sep – 1st of Oct.

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Artists Statement

Summer Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year, Uncategorized

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  The main focus within my current body of work is how thin the line between war and peace, disruption and repair, hope and loss is. My current works explore the horrors of socio-political problems that our society is facing, particularly I am interested in Environmental Ethics. The problem highlighted within my current piece is the corruption of nature by humans.

During autumn and spring term my knowledge of technology has developed significantly. I was impelled to learn more about kinetic technology in order to develop the effects I wanted in my sculptural practice. In this summer exhibition I am exhibiting two disasters encased within a display cabinet. The Tornado installation was easier for me to create, as it included more physics rather than engineering, but with the Tsunami, I have collaborated with Dr Steven Gould from Systems Engineering Department to help to build the wiring of the machine to make it work effectively. 

Over the past year I have been tracking the formation of storms, the impact they have on the environment and our capacity as a species to cope with them. I learned about their affects, their frequency and the areas where they are prone occur. I tracked live satellite imagery, weather patterns and hurricanes and this broadened my understanding of what influences the weather and occurrences of disasters.

It became clear to me that we are unaware of the effects we are having on nature. By domesticating animals we thus change the species numbers which influences the biodiversity and balance on Earth. I’ve became interested in how nature becomes corrupted by humans in various ways and how it tries to fight back. In general I have seen that humans don’t realize the effects of their actions. I developed an installation to draw attention to the absurdity of our anthropocentrism by encasing the most powerful disasters within a closed space. In effect I am attempting to create a ‘pet storm’, a disaster transformed into a household ornament. This in many ways is a reflection of the way in which we temper and tame nature.  This also can be seen in Isabelle’s Stengers book ‘In Catastrophic Times Resisting the coming Barbarism’(2009), she says: ‘Today a new word has been created to characterize our situation: our epoch would be the epoch of the anthropocene.’

My piece consists of a Tornado and a Tsunami within a display cabinet, encaged and seeking for freedom. This installation is not only about environmentalism it is the power that people employ by ‘playing God’. When we are scared of something we want to control it.  Disasters such as Hurricane Katrina (2005), Haiti Earthquake (2010), Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami (2011), Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami (2004) left unbearable results for humanity, but in some sense it also gave a new start, a ground of ‘Zero’.

Throughout two years I have been influenced by Zero Art Movement, the group of artists that was founded by Heinz Mack in 1957. For me, this movement illustrates the purity of art, it helps purify the horror of wars, disasters and conflicts:

          “a zone of silence and of pure possibilities for a new beginning.”– Otto Piene

I also looked at Agnes Martins minimalistic paintings, as well as Fiona’s Tan ‘Ghost Dwellings, these two artists are completely contrasting but in the same time for me they become an illustration of what I am trying to comply within my practice. Francis Alys with his video art piece ‘Tornado’ unveils the wild power of nature, when he reaches the center of the tornado there is the momentum of nothing, ‘0’, the power that wipes everything on it’s way, in some way it illustrates a peaceful moment, purity and eternity of nature through destruction.

The display cases are white, pure and really minimalistic, they purify the horror that is happening inside of them. The three painted photographs on the walls around Tornado and the Tsunami, depict the aftermaths of the disasters,  the painted white stripes are purifying the images, in some way they are censoring the horror. The viewer is not able to see the full image, so he sees it as a minimalistic image,  but when the viewer comes closer he is able to see the details and realize what is happening behind the white strips. The viewer is the one who makes a decision of what he sees. Either a ‘nice picture’, or the reality within that.

Photoshop Mock-Up Experimentation

Autumn Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year, Summer Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year, Uncategorized

To move with the idea of painted pictures further, I have decided to see how it might look in large scale presentation in space, close to the gallery space.

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I hope for the Summer Exhibition to include them into my installation, as they become viral for the understanding of it. In ideal I would want them on three walls, and two machines in the middle, so the viewer could circulate around them and play with them.

Experimenting with Waves

Autumn Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year, Summer Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year, Uncategorized

So when all the parts were painted, I could now put the wood into the water and glue the lower part to the tank, so it would not float.

When it dried, I was able to test it with water. The visible electronic parts, are going to be covered for the exhibition.

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What I have learned from this test:

-I still need to create a bank to make the waves grow (Tsunami like)

-I need to seal the tank more, because it can not handle that much weight of the water, and starts leaking.

Leaking:

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Plinths

Autumn Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year, Summer Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year, Uncategorized

So because of my idea to exhibit Tornado and the Tsunami in the perfect white surrounding, I would need to make the perfect plinths for it.

As in the midway exhibition I tried to use the used plinth for the Tsunami, it did not work well, as the plinth was not high enough, as it should have been the same hight as Tornado’s plinth, so they would look coherent, as well as it did not fit the perfectly witht the size of the tank.

So I took the measurements of the hight from the Tornado plinth, and the depth and width of the tank. I have decided to use 12mm MDF as it would be stable and not too heavy to move.

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BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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Also as I took the critique from Autumn term exhibition, I have decided to clean the plinth that I have used for the Tornado, so it would look smooth and perfect, without bumps and signs of age:) I would have built a new one, but the tornado machine was already built to fit onto it, so I needed to work on it quite a loot, to make it look perfect.

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Purifying the image/ exparimentation

Summer Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year, Uncategorized

I have got this idea, of what will happen if I will try to make the horrifying images more pleasing to the viewer but in the same time, remain what they are – the aftermaths of disasters. So I have picked few images from internet of low quality to make them pixelated printed them on A3 quality paper, and painted over them in white.

I was very happy with the result of this experiment, as it helped to explain my current practice well, as well as it purified and censored the horror images. Giving a viewer the choice of what he wants to see a pleasing imagery or the reality.

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Artist Statement

Autumn Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year, Uncategorized

My current research practice is based on the pilot study project developed last year titled ‘The Museum of Rare Animals’. This study highlighted the idea of human dominance over nature. This lead to an interest in investigating the human potential to create extreme forms of power and control.

This current body of work will focus on corruption of nature by humans. Tornadoes, Earthquakes, Tsunamis, are the only things that can not be controlled or changed and enhanced by humans. Humans have a long history of domesticating wild animals. Starting from domesticated animals that we take fore granted, e.g. dogs, cats, cows and horses to huge animals such as elephants, tigers and panthers and natural environment itself. It became normal for rich people to use tigers and panthers as pets and keep them caged in human homes. I want to develop a series of works that draw attention to the absurdity of our anthropocentrism by encaging the most powerful disasters within the closed space.

Can you imagine a pet tornado in your living room? Or a tsunami?

This installation is not only about environmentalism it is the power that people employ on themselves ‘playing God’. The presence and disappearance of the tornado in the display case emphasize that nothing is eternal, as because of our power we tend to destroy. The tornado itself within a display case tends to spread in to the room, as the power of something that vast could not be controlled. It gives the viewer and understanding the lose of control by the humans within nature. This piece was influenced by environmentalism and human role in changes on Earth, as well as Eduardo Kac’s ‘GFP’ bunny that highlights the issues of egocentrism of humans and our abilities to control and create.

My art piece is interactive through the wireless control that controls tornado. The interaction of the viewer is essential, as it gives them the power of controlling something that should not be controlled and enhanced, which becomes one of the main aims of this piece.

During this term I have researched the catastrophes around the globe, the climate change, and influence of humans not only on nature but also on humans themselves. Tornado is a powerful weather condition that destroys everything on its way and it can not be prevented. Francis Alys with his video art piece ‘Tornado’ unveils the wild power of nature, when he reaches the center of the tornado there is the momentum of nothing, ‘0’, the power that wipes everything on it’s way, in some way it illustrates a peaceful moment, purity and eternity of nature through destruction.

Next term I want to continue with this practice, as I want to develop a series of installations exploring the idea of domestication of nature, and the relationship between humans and nature.