Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival / Carceri d’invenzione ~ Armin Linke in collaboration with Giulia Bruno and Giuseppe Ielasi. Curated by Anselm Franke (DAI's How To Do Things With Theory tutor 2018-2019).
Germany’s contribution to the XXII Triennale di Milano
Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival
Mar 1 – Sep 1, 2019
Triennale di Milano
Viale Alemagna 6 – 20121 Milano
Entitled Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, the XXII Triennale di Milano focuses on the endangered environment and the Anthropocene. In his photographic and filmic work, Armin Linke examines the human-made structures and designs that have pushed planet Earth to the threshold of climate change and this age. Are humans captives of the systemic imperatives of accumulation and technological innovation?
The installation Carceri d’Invenzione borrows its title from the famous etchings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi from 1750, whose architecture and massive structures embody manifold contradictions and reflect irrational entanglements. Based on extensive fieldwork, in this collaborative work Armin Linke, Giulia Bruno, and Giuseppe Ielasi examine the relationship between resource exploitation and planetary ecosystems, political institutions and scientific infrastructures; and produce a visual analysis of the conflicted spaces of climate change. The five-screen installation is set in a double stairwell that was designed in 1963 by the sculptor Carlo Ramous with architect Carlo Bassi and Goffredo Boschetti. Reminiscent of both Piranesi’s visions and the panoramic spectacle of nineteenth-century walk-in globes, Carceri d’Invenzione thus blurs the inside and outside, near and far, visible and invisible in an engagement with the endangered present.
Armin Linke’s fieldwork began with the Anthropocene Observatory project at HKW, a cooperation with Territorial Agency (John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog) and HKW curator Anselm Franke. HKW has been advancing the debate on the Anthropocene and the human impact on Earth since 2013.
Germany’s official contribution to the XXII Triennale di Milano is funded by the Federal Foreign Office.
For this exhibition, Studio Armin Linke has been supported by the project partners Fundació Sorigué (Lleida, Spain), Fondazione Matera-Basilicata 2019, TBA21–Academy, and Montura/Tasci Srl.
Commissioned by Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin.
HKW is a division of Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH.
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